Flylow athlete Dylan Hood has spent his winter on the road with Teton Gravity Research, filming for their new movie due out this fall. Here, Dylan checks in with us about life on the road through Canada.
So the snow got warm in Wyoming, and it was time to head north to Revelstoke. We posted up for a month and Revelstoke Mountain Resort took great care of us, hosting us at the bottom of the mountain. This was especially great because on down days we could go ski the resort, where I reached some of the fastest speeds I have ever gone on my skis.Whether we were skinning off the resort, sledding at one of the trailheads, or some combination of both, we seemed to always find the cold snow. However, sun was not easy to come by. When trying to shoot a ski flick, the low light can be challenging and a bit limiting. We did catch a few sunny days and took full advantage of them, trying to ski every possible line in sight. With the crew feeling a bit tapped as well as extreme avalanche conditions, it seemed like a good time for the boys to go home for a week and recharge before coming back and getting in the almighty bird!
All recharged and ready to get to into some even bigger terrain, the crew re-assembled back in Revelstoke and were hungry for the goods. No snowmobiles, no skins, this was the heli show and we were ready to finally ski the faces we had been dreaming about all those weeks. I have been on some heli trips in my day, but by no means consider myself an expert when it comes to the bird. However I thought having a heli would allow us to be able to just bang shots out left and right, but once again I realized the bigger the headache, the bigger the pill.
There are some giant peaks up there in Revelstoke, with every type of terrain you can ask for. One of the hardest things for me to wrap my head around was the scale of things. Looking at something and thinking, Yeah, I ll just make a turn there, air that 15-footer... So, yeah, that turn is two to three turns, and that 15 footer is actually a 30-footer. Whoops. It definitely took a few days to figure it all out and get comfortable.Unfortunately we only had two full sunny days, and a bunch of storm days. This made it hard to get into that rhythm. We did however end up getting some great shots, and I got to ski some of the biggest lines I have ever been on. When these trips come to an end you always wish you had more to show for it, but like Jeremy Jones once said, When you re out in the mountains ... no one is above the law. We got in there, skied some amazing stuff and all came home safe, and that s the most important part about what we do. Looking back on it, I may have not gotten all the shots I was hoping for, but I learned a ton about the mountains and feel that much more confident for next year when I get back out there.