Heel Egde Projects on the Road (Part 2) Bear Mountain and Vegas!

Here it is.. the second edit from our road trip a few weeks back…….

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Standard party at copenhagen..

Beer pong, gymnastics, knife juggling….

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Scoping Out Some Urban

Friend and photographer Pippa Stowell is out staying with us for a few weeks… A few snaps from an afternoon out looking for spots to shoot.

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Heel Edge Projects on the Road (part 1) – Mammoth Mountain

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Snow line to desert line and long straight roads…

Snowboarding, filming, fast food, long roads, partying…  The last week has been action packed for the Heel Edge Crew.

With a 5am start, brews all round and the car packed we drove off into the sunrise.  First stop Mammoth Mountain.

The views were breathtaking as we meandered along the east shore of Lake Tahoe.  We drop down out of the snowline and are instantly submerged into the arid desert scape.  We get the foot on the gas – 4 hours later and after some crocodile chat and interesting pig facts, we arrive with excitement at Mammoth Mountain.

Keep your eyes peeled for our Mammoth Edit – hitting a screen near you soon!

With a long straight 6 hour drive ahead of us, it was all back in the car and onto the long straight road ahead.  As the sun sets the road goes on and on and we drive into the darkness.    Blurry eyed and jaded we pulled into Victorville, a very industrious town with a sparkly illuminated airport that could be seen on the horizon  for miles.   We stop for the night at Motel, not a hotel or holiday inn.

The next morning we wake up in a place that looked more like Majorca or somewhere on the Costa Del Sol – without the seaside.   Are we really getting up for a days snowboarding?  Or did we take a wrong turn?  Quick start (well as quick as 6 girls can be) and on the road again – next destination Bear Mountain!

Two days were spent at Bear Mountain, shredding, soaking up the southern cali rays and taking some spectacular slams.  Unfortunately the Red Bull Butter Cup Rail Jam was full so we couldn’t enter but we all enjoyed watching from the sidelines.

Last stop: one night in Vegas! – What goes on in Vegas stays in Vegas!  But we’ll give you a peep…

…Heres a glance at what we’ve been up to:

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Brits hit the Stash Gathering

After a sunny week riding park and the girls finding their feet we were all set to enter the Stash Gathering competition up at Northstar on Saturday.

The Stash is a really fun and innovative run full of jibs, logs, tree runs and road gaps all built out of wood. The comp was based around 3 zones, each being a step up from the last.  Riders were judged on style, creativity and line choice.

The first hours jam session got underway with the line consisting of an up-down log, to kicker, to log stall.  Hiking back up after each run was pretty tiring!

The next zone was in Shredwood forest!  Here we had a rock bonk followed by a wooden pole jam to road gap to play with. We all started stepping it up with front 3’s and cab 1 taps over the bonk and back 1’s, front 1’s and back 3’s all being thrown off the end of the pole jam as well as a few fairly spectacular stacks!

The final zone was the Craig Kelly memorial cabin which had a combination of lines you could get really creative with.  There were various options to take over the cabin roof itself or you could ride the hand rail of the stairs to the side.

We all made it to the finals and it turned into a battle of the brits.  By this point we were all pretty beat up from hiking for hours but we pulled some tricks for the finale with Kirsty Taylor busting out some huge gaps over the cabin and some sick stalls on the top from Charli Witts and Kirsty Smith.  Katie Blundell was throwing herself into sick front boards on the down rail taking some gnarly tumbles down the stairs and Lynsey Ashdown stomped blunt to fakies and 5-0 front 1’s out of the down rail.

The end result was a clean sweep for the Heel Edge crew with Lynsey Ashdown taking 1st, Katie Blundell 2nd and Kirsty Taylor 3rd.  Not sure we made too many mates out of the American chicks though – showing up to a comp on their turf and taking a clean sweep!

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American Legion Rail Jam Edit

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The American Legion Rail Jam

Yesterday we all went on a road trip down to South Lake Tahoe to check out a rail jam happening in a car park at the American Legion.  Had no idea what to expect or what the level was going to be like but worse case it’d be an adventure!!

Got there way too early, it wasn’t even set up yet so we went and rode heavenly for a few hours while we waited. First visit there and we were all pretty impressed – the park was awesome and we managed to get a few pow turns after a good few inches overnight! You get an amazing view of the whole of Lake Tahoe all the way down the home run as well which is sick!

With the legs warmed up those of us competing headed back to the American Legion for the rail jam while Charli and Kirsty T carried on putting lines through the trees of Heavnly. The rail jam was scheduled to start at 2pm, turns out the americans aren’t too hot when it comes to time keeping and the over 18’s category didn’t start kicking off till 5.30! Good job we had Taco Bell to fill the time!!

Katie, Lynsey, Kirsty S and Soph all entered the comp and the rest of the girls supported from the side lines and took photos and did some filming! It was a scaffold setup with 3 hit options of a down box, a flat down rail or a strange off angle down box. Practice got underway we all attempted the flat down first hit, only to stop dead over the kink, fall off the side and bail down the stairs!! Everyone was struggling with speed so they got a couple of blokes to stand at the top doing pull-ins which helped! The comp wasn’t really a jam – you all had 3 runs and were judged on each run with the scores added together which meant trying to stick 3 different tricks well rather than going all out for the one crazy trick!

The girls all rode awesome against the American chicks, it was a much higher standard than rail jams we’re used to in the UK and we finished up with Lynsey Ashdown taking 3rd and Kirsty Smith taking 4th, an awesome result for our first comp out here.

Stoked on us being there the organisers gave us tickets to the after party in the American Legion – so we checked out how the americans like to do it! After hanging around for what seemed like hours waiting for it to kick off, the party didn’t disappoint and there was some amazing local hip hop bands cranking out. Met some interesting characters – Gandolph, Bryan and the trailer crew to mention a few, needless to say the americans know how to do an after party………

Gandolf: Shall I plait my beard in one plait or two?

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Let the fun begin

Living the dream in California! The main crew of us are based in North Lake Tahoe for the season shedding, filming, road tripping & partying. Our home mountain is Northstar and our passes cover Heavenly and Sierra so the season is set to be an epic one! Watch this space for photos, edits and updates of our shred adventures.  Enjoy!

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