Hokkaido Calling

“Is it possible to stand where no one has before?.”
In search for the less obvious, Sam Smoothy Jeremie Heitz and Dane Tudor set out to explore Hokkaido, an island with over 15 metres of annual snowfall. And in looking for something different, they found something else.

We are excited to release our latest collaboration with Audi Canada.
More info can be found here: audi.com/quattroroadtrip

Sam Smoothy – The (North) Korean Chronicle



Check out this bizarre insight into a country that few will get to experience from the eyes and mind of Sam Smoothy and Colab Creative.

Sam goes to North Korea on a ski trip like no other. This piece is not political. There is no real agenda other than to see what goes on in a country who is recently learning about the sport of skiing.




NZJFT 2016 – Mt Olympus Edit


The second stop of the GoPro New Zealand Junior Freeride Tour went down at Mt Olympus. The sun was out and snow was hard and fast! Again another great event with no injuries and smart skiing from the all of the kids! Wanna say a massive thanks to GoPro for stepping up as title sponsors and helping us show these kids amazing talents to the world. Also a huge thank you to our supporting sponsors Smith, Volkl, K2 Snowboards, Groovstar, Snowsports NZ and the Freeride Junior Tour. Big thank you to all the kids for putting on a such a great show in the challenging conditions and to their parents for making the trip to Mt Olympus and all their help on comp day. Last but not least a big shout out to Mt Olympus for doing such an amazing job hosting this event and sending out the great vibes that only Mt Olympus and their incredible crew could provide.

Mt Olympus Freeride Open

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The Mt Olympus Freeride Open 2016 presented by Marmot rocked the Sphinx at Mt Olympus just one week after The North Face Frontier opened the NZ FWQ season at the Remarkables. This was the inaugural year of the 2* MOFO FWQ event, which was put together by Dion Newport and his crew of merry warriors from the New Zealand Junior Freeride Tour. They were blessed with 46 riders from 14 different nations. The snow pack was working against them and subsequently a nice mellow venue was chosen. Everyone rode intelligently with no injuries and the fun factor was set very high to make this an annual event on FWQ calendar. Special thanks to Marmot for making the event happen and all of the supporting sponsors: Sherpa Coffee for keeping us wired, Moa for the delicious refreshments, Snowsports NZ and FWQ for their support, and of course Mt Olympus and the amazing crew of staff for all the good times and good vibes.

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Supervention II – Trailer

Field Productions presents Supervention 2 in association with Audi AG, Head, Norwegian Film Institute and SF Studios.

Supervention 2 is an inspiring documentary that explores the world of action sports through skiing and snowboarding. Experience the willpower and motivation it takes to conquer risk, fear and injuries. From the young and ambitious to the legends of back then, meet the athletes at the top of their sport who choose to risk everything. Supervention 2 takes you through all walks of life to experience what it’s like to leave behind normality of work and family life for the thrill of a lifetime. Filmed in unique locations with high-end 4K cinematography and Dolby Atmos sound design, Supervention 2 is a feel-good adventure about those who live outside the box.

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In Norwegian cinemas from October 28th. International dates to be released.

Featuring: Aksel Lund Svindal, Jesper Tjäder, Terje Håkonsen, Marcus Kleveland, Anders Backe, Fredrik Evensen, Eirik Finseth, Asbjørn Eggebø Næss, Anja Alme Gardli, Åsmund Thorsen, Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen, PK Hunder, Linn Cecilie Mæhlum, Aleksander Aurdal, Ståle Sandbech, Karl Kristian Muggerud, Even Sigstad, Tor Olav Naalsund, Øystein Bråten, Aleksander Østreng

Sweet Protection, VG, Norrøna, Infinitum, Peak Performance, GoPro, Bergans, Dynafit, Fri Flyt, Haglöfs


The North Face Frontier – 2 Star Edit

The 2016 The North Face Frontier Freeride World Qualifier 2* competition saw a heavy hitting field of 80 skiers and snowboarders battle for top scores at Queenstown’s The Remarkables Ski field in New Zealand. The riding was next level as competitors made the most of the stunning natural terrain of the Shadow Basin to attempt their most daring tricks and technical lines.

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The North Face Frontier 2016 Teaser

The host venue for this year’s event will be Queenstown’s The Remarkables ski area, home to some of the best big mountain terrain in the Southern Hemisphere.

Day one will see some of the top rookies and pros from around the world compete in a two-star Freeride World Qualifier, held in the Shadow Basin. Day two will be the main four-star Qualifier event held in the Alta Chutes, as competitors push themselves to the limit to impress the judges.

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The Mystery of the Mingha

Blake getting the season started.

Blake getting the season started.

I don’t need to spell out a skier’s perspective of this winter. May brought some good pow days that whetted the appetite. June was mostly rain, but that’s ok, it’s sort of expected. However when July didn’t get any better we all started to get worried.


And with such a grim start to the winter, Blake Lepper and I weren’t expecting much when we set out for the mountains in the middle of July.

Words and Photos: Tom Beaumont


The walk up to Temple basin gets the legs going and has great views to the peaks around Arthurs Pass.

The walk up to Temple basin gets the legs going and has great views to the peaks around Arthurs Pass.

Driving west past the Craigieburns, Blake recounted a sporting rain crust that had attempted to destroy everyone’s knees the day before. So we carried on to Arthurs Pass in search of greener pastures.

Pulling into the Temple Basin car park, things were looking slightly more optimistic. The surrounding peaks were coated up high and the sky was blue. Although the walk up to Temple was punctuated with line scoping on a very skiable Mt Rolleston, the ski field itself was better suited to a tussock­ enthusiasts field trip. So it was with much surprise that we reached Temple Col and looked into a loaded Mingha Valley. Stability was good as a result of being under the facet layer that sat above 1800m, we were above the rain­crusts of doom that existed below 1600m, and the sou’wester had put down some great wind deposit the night before. Although Blake and I claimed we had anticipated these conditions, the Mingha had exceeded expectations in an almost mythical way.


Round 1 - Blake and Tom win.

Round 1 – Blake and Tom win.

Looking down the Mingha towards Mt Oats and the Mingha­ Deception route.

Looking down the Mingha towards Mt Oats and the Mingha­ Deception route.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. With probably 20­-30cm of light, wind-deposited pow on top of a grippy base, the skiing was sublime. There had been some real stability issues around the region ­ so we took our time and did plenty of snow and slope tests before getting into it.


Little Phipps in the foreground. At Temple Basin you can ski full on ski mountaineering lines like these before breakfast.

Little Phipps in the foreground. At Temple Basin you can ski full on ski mountaineering lines like these before breakfast.

With storm clouds brewing just to the west of the divide we squeezed in a last lap before calling it quits and heading back the way we came; Downhill Basin to Temple Tow and out to the lodge. To top off an epic day, the snow on the route home had been baked into perfect corn, making for fun tussock dodging turns until the snow ran out.

See you out there and make safe decisions ­ there’s always another day.



MSP RUIN AND ROSE Official Trailer

A surreal future leaves the world without water and consumed by sand: the Big Empty. A group of children survives alone on the edge of the endless desert in the ruin of the now. When a young boy unearths an ancient relic hinting at the lost wonders of winter, he sets off in search of the ghosts that once called the mountains their home. This bold cinematic experience balances stunning skiing with a wild and hopeful journey into the forgotten lands of myth and magic beyond the Empty.

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Acclaimed writer/director Ben Sturgulewski joins the award-winning team at Matchstick Productions and their two decades of filmmaking expertise to deliver “RUIN AND ROSE,” an epic creative vision brought to life by the talents of the world’s top skiers. Winter landscapes across the planet contrast seamlessly with a thoroughly-crafted story of environmental apocalypse, shot entirely within the otherworldly expanses of Africa’s Skeleton Coast. Unlike anything seen before, the dreamlike setting of this film sparks the imagination of not only action sports enthusiasts, but anyone with a beating heart.

Presented by Under Armour in spectacular 4K resolution, “RUIN AND ROSE” features veterans and newcomers alike, including Mark Abma, Sammy Carlson, Markus Eder, Zack Giffin, Sander Hadley, Russ Henshaw, Eric Hjorleifson, Lukas Joas, Sean Jordan, Bene Mayr, Evan McEachran, Michelle Parker, Ole Pavel, Tanner Rainville, Austin Ross, Fabio Studer, Cody Townsend, Noah Wallace, and others. “RUIN AND ROSE” was filmed on location in Alaska, Austria, British Columbia, Bulgaria, California, France, Switzerland, and the deserts of Namibia.

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More info at http://www.skimovie.com/

NZJFT 2016 – Trailer

We are delighted to announce the schedule for The GoPro New Zealand Junior Freeride Tour.

The GoPro NZJFT will comprise of 3 events for both male and female Ski and Snowboarders up to the age of 18. Each event will be a one day competition. This tour has been set up to provide NZ junior athletes with the opportunity to compete in professionally run freeride competitions. The focus is on fun, participation, and safety while skiing off-piste, along with promoting the incredible sport of freeriding.


Stop 1 – The Remarkables, Southern Alps, Queesntown.
19th – 21st August (one day of competition, two weather days)

Stop 2 -. Mt Olympus, Craigieburn Range, Canterbury
2nd – 4th September (one day of competition, two weather days)

Stop 3 – Mt Ruapehu, Central Plateau, North Island.
23rd – 26th September (one day of competition, three weather days)

Ski and snowboard
Male and Female

14 years and under (on 1st June 2016)
15 – 17 years (on 1st June 2016)

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Tight Loose – Official Trailer

Come join us to celebrate TGR’s 21st Birthday. The tighter your show the looser you can be. With over 21 years of traveling the globe and pushing the boundaries of what is possible we have experienced the full spectrum of adventure. It has been a constant evolution of refining a lifestyle – keeping things as buttoned-up on the front end in order to seize the moment when things reach the edge of control. Our latest film “Tight Loose” is TGR’s highest achievement to date. From India to Alaska, come join us as we discover unridden spine walls, massive airs, and full throttle riding in some of the wildest and most spectacular places on earth. Witness the 21-year athlete roster as they come together for a reunion-style massive group shred of the Palisades at Squaw Valley. Tight Loose is living to the fullest!

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The Monster Energy Jossi Wells Invitational Big Air


Winter X Games gold medallist Jossi Wells is holding an invitational Big Air event for the world’s best skiers & snowboarders at Cardrona Alpine Resort this August. Kiwi skiers and snowboarders will go head to head against a stacked field of international heavy hitters, with finals scheduled for Saturday, August 13th.

The event will run over two days, with qualifiers and finals for both men’s and women’s ski and snowboard events. It will take place on Cardrona’s huge 75+ft Big Air jump, which will be specially built for the competition.

The event celebrates a relationship between Jossi Wells and Cardrona that spans more than 20 years, as well as Jossi’s recent success in winning Ski Slopestyle gold at the most recent Winter X Games at Aspen, Colorado.

“I’m really honoured to be given the opportunity to collaborate on an event with Cardrona. Cardrona is my home mountain – I learnt how to ski here and have spent every winter riding at Cardrona since I could walk,” says Jossi.

“To be able to give back to the industry with the resort that has supported me for so long is really amazing. It’s really cool to be able to throw an event at home for my international & local peers.”

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The invited athletes will also take part in adventure and adrenaline activities based in the Southern Lakes region in the days before the competition, to welcome them to New Zealand in the most exciting way possible.

On event days there will be free spectating zones on the mountain at the base of McDougall’s Quad by the fence, and the Noodle Bar. There will be a snow bar and Monster Energy sampling area at the McDougall’s viewing area. Skiing and snowboarding guests will find amazing view points of the Big Air from the Skyline Ridge above the jump, accessed by McDougall’s and Whitestar chairlifts.

The athletes are competing for a share of a US$20,000 cash purse, with the men’s ski and snowboard event prizes contributed by naming sponsor Monster Energy. The women’s event prizes are sponsored by Dragon Alliance.

The snowboard competition is particularly significant in the lead up to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, where Snowboard Big Air will make its debut as an Olympic event. The ski side of the competition has been sanctioned as a silver event on the AFP world tour.

The Jossi Wells Invitational for 2016 is the inaugural event of what is hoped to become an annual, internationally significant event on the professional skiing and snowboarding calendars.

For more announcements about confirmed athletes and event streaming, keep an eye on Cardrona’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.



There’s a new comp in town this year on the Freeride World Qualifier circuit!

MARMOT presents the inaugural Mt Olympus Freeride Open 2* on the 29th August at the Playground of the Gods. The comp is all set to go down the week after the 2* and 4* North Face Frontier at the Remarkables, in what is being dubbed the Mt Olympus Freeride Week.

The Marmot Mt Olympus Freeride Open will be held in the heart of the Southern Alps. Mt Olympus is a unique club field complete with exceptional freeride terrain, an old school lift system and chilled atmosphere. It’s the perfect setting for a FWQ event and a great opportunity for us kiwis to show off some different mountains to international athletes.


Dates: 29th August – 1st September (1 day of competition, 4 day weather window)
Format: 1 day, 1 run competition
Categories: Men and Women, Skiers and Snowboarders over the age of 18. *Note: You must be 18 or over on the 1st June 2016.
Cost: NZ$80 (This excludes FWT license fee and lift pass, though we hope to negotiate a reduced lift pass rate for competitors)


  • Go to Qualifiers section of the Freeride World Tour website:


  • Select “Europe Oceania” region
  • Purchase FWT license
  • Enter the Mt Olympus Freeride Open 2*
  • See you there!

 What is the FWT license fee?

This is a one-off fee that FWT charges to all athletes at all levels of FWT to compete in their events. It funds the online registration and ranking system. The FWQ one event license fee is 10 Euro (approx $16 NZ) or you can purchase a tour license which will cover all events in NZ 2016 and northern hemisphere 2017 for 40 Euro.


All information regarding the event can be found on www.nzjft.co.nz and on Facebook www.facebook.com/MtOlympusFreerideOpen2016/

Due North

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Due North documents a mission to discover unridden lines on the steep Chugach Mountains bordering Prince William Sound. Searching for an alternate path to the Nirvana of Alaskan powder from sea level up, The North Face athletes Fraser McDougall and RMB learn that sometimes you need to make use of your Plan B. And if you don’t have one, to make one quick.

Re-Establishment – The Sam Lee Story

Sam Lee returns to the European Alps to chase his dream of qualifying for the Freeride World Tour.

Two years ago, Sam suffered a major injury during the peak of his career. Re- Establishment is a story about Sam’s return to skiing post injury and about the challenging and rewarding moments he experienced along the way. The film follows Sam Lee for one year, from injury, through rehabilitation, to his first day back on the slopes and re-entry to competitive free ride skiing on the Freeride World Qualifiers,

2 years on post opperation Sam Lee has now qualified for the Freeride World Tour 2017

Produced by cleanlineproductions.com
Directed by Lachlan Humphreys & Sam Lee
Presented by Marmot, Head, Snow Centre

POV & self documenting: Sam Lee
Cinematographer: Lachlan Humphreys
Additional Footage: Richie Johnston , Michael Bernshausen,

Event footage
Open Faces Freeride Series: Maria Knoll & Christian Walter
X Over Ride: Christian Geissier & Christoph Zarif
Nendaz Freeride: Cyril Lanfranchi & Toast Productions
The North Face Freeski Open of NZ: Alex Kerr
Snow Sports New Zealand: Alex Kerr

Edit/Post: Clean Line Productions

Music – Film score:
Amara Primero – amaraprimero.com
Adittional Music – for NZ Freeski Open sceene
Producer: Ochra track: Yugen


The Rising Gaijins – Full Edit

A short film by Jake Munro of 3 freeskiers & 2 snowboarders from New Zealand who set aside their differences on a trip to the backcountry of Japan & later become.. “The Rising Gaijins’.

Featuring – Harry Pettit, Nick Brown, Rupert Paterson, George Pengelly & Jack Spence.

Mountain Dew, Rip Curl, Rhythm Japan, Oyuki Apparel, Le Bent, SYRP, 3DR Solo, The World Bar Queenstown & Garage Entertainment

All Us In Winterland – Holy Gozaimasu

All Us In Winterland wander lost in Hakuba and score bottomless pow as the Japanuary drought breaks.

Photos: All Us In Winterland, Words: Tori Beattie


When Cam McDermid, Tom Brownlee, Pat Greene and Tori Beattie put together a last-minute trip to Japan at the end of an unseasonably dry Japanuary, they did so with minimal planning. Arriving in Hakuba on the 15th of January to bare rice paddies, dry roads, and the worst start to winter in over 50 years, they waited.

With no fixed plans, they roamed lost in a tiny rusted van named Sauce and indulged in the delights of Japan. The first week was spent idly wandering through valleys and villages, exploring shrines and out-of-the-way onsen, chasing snow monkeys, walking frozen beaches, and enjoying the gentle generosity of the Japanese people.


Patience was rewarded when the floodgates blew open and Hakuba’s unique coastal position delivered a 2 metre overnight insta-base. Every action immediately became a means to a simple end: getting as pitted as possible and having all the fun doing it. When it snows 3 metres in a week that’s a simple task.

From runs through the Cortina trees to hike-accessed lines behind Tsugaike Kogen and Happo One, the small crew gorged themselves on everything the Hakuba valley could offer. As their appetite increased they outran patrollers in private tree zones, hiked one-turn lines from the side of the road, ski toured up avenues of ancient trees, and dropped alpine faces in the gaps between snow showers. It was all too easy.


Holy Gozaimasu doesn’t really translate into anything. Gozaimasu is a positive postscript. An exclamation mark. The fact that it makes no sense but felt so good to say was exactly why it stuck. It was a phrase introduced on day one in Hakuba, and it quickly became the catchcry of the trip. Everything encountered during the two weeks in Japan felt like it deserved the respect of a positive postscript. An extra nod of appreciation. Dropping a gozaimasu into a stumbled sentence guaranteed the injection of a smile to even the most earnest of Japanese faces, and that was always the goal.


Holy Gozaimasu is a collection of the stories and faces that made those 2 weeks feel like a lifetime. None of it would have been possible without the generosity of the Kamoshika Views guesthouse in Hakuba, for providing the friendliest accommodation imaginable and the use of Japan’s greatest tiny, rusted, moustachioed van. www.skilodgehakuba.com