Flip or Flop: Life Unbound EP4 [S2]

As ski magazines crowd mailboxes and the days get shorter, we get more and more excited for ski season. We find our selves playing with ski gear, repeatedly stopping by the local ski shop to see if the new gear has arrived and dreaming of pow filled turns.
For this episode, we put together an edit that tells the story of a spring powder day, and a trip to the Tushar Mountains in Southern UT. Our spring pow day was in our own backyard, and although the clouds socked us in most of the day, it was full of smiles and long turns. As we headed South, the range had just got 18in of snow. We tried to beat the spring sun, but mother nature beat us too it. The skiing ended up being survival skiing with wind effect, ice crusts and down right terrible snow. But the skiing is only part of the story, and the company mixed with stunning scenery is the true treasure.
We reminisce of some of our favorite turns of last season and can not wait to get out and make some more.

Flip or Flop: Life Unbound EP4 [S2] from The Life Unbound on Vimeo.

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Red & White: Life Unbound EP3 [SE2]

It has not been for lack of trying that we haven’t put out an episode, we have been striking out left and right. It is frustrating when the snow turns or the storm misses you completely, but that is the name of the game and one of the reasons we love it so much; you just never know what will happen.

Well we didn’t strike out on our last trip, and while the snow could have been a little better, we had an amazing time. We headed south to Moab an to took all the toys; sled, bikes, skis, skins and camping gear. We book ended the trip with biking and did two days of skiing in the middle. Check out the adventure!

Red & White: Life Unbound EP3 [S2] from The Life Unbound on Vimeo.

Until next time-

Weston and Shaun

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Transitions: Episode 2, Season 2

December presented many challenges for us but we stuck to our game plan and went out everyday we could. We present to you episode two!

Transitions: Life Unbound EP2 [SE2] from The Life Unbound on Vimeo.

We struggled thru rain, wind, more wind and finally a jet stream shift. We had some good days, epic days and a few frustrating ones. The learning continued as we dealt with variables we have never encountered. We got out with our friends Brody Leven, Kalen Thorien, Brendan Trieb and Matt Primomo.

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Happy Holidays!

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Low Expectations

There is not much snow here in Utah, and after last season’s disappointment it is understandable that so many are frustrated and down right pissed at Father Winter. While the season seemed to kick off in such an optimistic fashion, watching consecutive storms skip bye either too fast, or too far North has many throwing in their skis.

Weston and I have taken a different approach to the thin start of things…

If we keep showing up maybe it will show Mother Nature and Father Winter that we are willing to put in the effort if they are.

If nothing else we are getting fit as fuck hiking to the ski-able snow.

NO EXPECTATIONS LEADS TO GREAT AND BEAUTIFUL THINGS

KEEP POSITIVE AND KEEP SKIING!!!

~Shaun

 

 

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Footsteps: Episode 1, Season 2

We are very proud to bring you season two, episode one!

 

Foosteps: Life Unbound EP1 [S2] from The Life Unbound on Vimeo.

Two early season storms set the tempo for the early 12-13 season. We first got a 42″ storm up North at Snowbasin and Powder Mountain followed by a lull that all but melted the snow pack. During the downtime we attended the Alta Athlete party kicking off the 75th year at the storied resort. We were treated to a historic slide show from the one and only Jimmy Collinson tying over a 100 years of the past with the present. The second storm dropped 52″ on Little and Big Cottonwood canyon and it was game on. With rocks still peering out from all angles, it was enough to link up some very deep turns. As the weather warmed we turned to our own back yard, Park City, for a tour of the Monitors.

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Drift HD Ghost: The Game Changer

Drift recently unveiled its latest masterpiece, the HD Ghost, which goes head to head with GoPro Hero 3.  Drift packed in many industry first in the HD Ghost edition; like a two way remote, two inch gorilla glass screen, continuous loop video and the longest lasting battery on the market.

While many a review of this camera is on the internet I will walk you thru a typical day and WHY these features are important and relevant.

Running out the door trying to remember everything can be a very trying thing to do.  The last thing you want to worry about is whether or not the camera that you used yesterday will still hold its charge today. Say for instance that day was -10 degrees Fahrenheit and you did a lot of filming.  With the Drift HD Ghost, worry no more.  The three hour charge (record time) can last for days, especially when you use the intuitive menu of the Drift and turn off the LCD screen between shots.  Speaking of the Ghost’s menu, it is so easy to use that even on top of a mountain in a blizzard and howling wind you can follow the icons to adjust nearly every part of the camera.

Drift HD Ghost Review from The Life Unbound on Vimeo.

Now you are on top of said mountain and ready to drop in.  You clip the camera to your goggle or helmet mount and are ready to go (both included).  Are you recording?  With the Ghost you will never ask that question again.  The two-way remote communicates between the camera and the remote, visually showing you (via LED’s on the remote) whether you are recording video, photo, timelapse or photoburst. Also coming out shortly will be a wi-fi app which will allow you to view what the camera sees, download images to social media, and change settings.

So you shred the line and are so pumped that you have to see it again. Right then and there, in the field.  You pop the camera off the mount and following the intuitive menu watch what you just captured.  Don’t like it?  Took too much space up on your card?  Delete it right then and there.

The next feature, which is one of the most powerful, is one of the hardest to describe.  Say you are trying to pull off the perfect golf swing, you hit a hundred balls and have the camera on.  It takes you an hour to find that perfect swing and once you do it was on ball 98. In continuous loop playback, the camera is “recording” but not actually filling up your memory card.  When you hit that 98th ball you simply walk over and hit “tag”.  The camera then pulls up the last 5 minutes of “recording”  and places it on your memory card.  It is akin to live playback on your TV or the next best thing to a time machine.

On your next run you don’t want to use your helmet mount but instead a pole mount.  With the 1/4in mount you can put it on a standard tripod or a mini tripod (what we do taped to a ski pole) and rotate the lens accordingly.  Being able to rotate the lens up to 300 degrees ensures that you will always have a perfectly vertical and aligned shot. Now it is really snowing out, coming down so hard you can barely see. The new Ghost is water proof to 3m so you don’t have to worry that your camera will get damaged. Because it is snowing so hard there is low light and low visibility.  Not a problem for the Ghost, one if strongest features is its ability to shoot in low light, something that cannot be said for its competitors.

One of our favorite features on big trips is time lapses.  Again, using the intuitive menu, you can scroll thru intervals, size (5, 8, or 11 megapixels), exposure and more.  And with the long lasting battery you can be assured that it will last to capture the last rays of sunshine.

So there you have it, the practical use of all the powerful features of the Ghost.  Obviously we are fans of the Ghost here at LUB, but we are fans because it earned our respect and comes with everything you need to capture all your adventures (no aftermarket parts needed here).

 

If you agree and are looking to purchase, be sure to head over to:  store.driftinnovation.com

use the promo code:  LUB for an additional $30 off your check out price. 

 

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Celebrating in Anticipation Winter

 

Novemeber is an exciting time of year. It’s filled with movie premiers that taunt you into dreaming of deep mid- winter days, parties designed to coax Ullar out of his slumber, and events to reacquaint  you with your winter existence.

We kicked off the week with the Utah Avalanche Center’s  USAW event.

                            

Then we headed over to the TGR premier of The Dream Factory where we watched fellow Trew team member Colter Hinchcliffe kill it with his break out performance.

Finally we headed over to Alta where we were treated to a stellar afternoon of great people, drinks, and grub in celebration of Alta’s 75th anniversary.

Not to mention a ton of informative discussions pertaining to all things Alta and athlete.

Its been a great few days of events that has us primed for winter! So bring it on Ullar we are ready!!!!

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Snowbasin storm drops 40in for amazing preseason skiing

For our second day on snow, we once again made the drive up North.  We were undecided as to where to go but a last minute text from an Ogden local told us we were silly if we went back to Powder Mountain and Snowbasin was the place to be.  Oh how right he ended up being.

Nelson finding out just how much snow fell in the parking lot.

Pulling into the parking lot we were dumbfounded to see blue sky and sun.  It lasted most of the skin and promptly disappeared every time we ripped our skins off.

Nelson helped the trail breaking by stepping on everyone’s tails. The snow got deeper the higher we got, and the more he stayed right behind whoever broke.

Lunch break; if you have a keen eye you may recognize where we are.

It was a brutal day carrying the angry midget.  4k ft of vert and 40in of snow on day two hurt….a lot.  Luckily I got away with out a lot of breaking.

New Trew Gear arrived the day before the first wave of the storm. Shaun couldn’t be more excited. She said “this outfit makes me happy!”, what more could you ask for?

Near the end of the day Nelson was not amused by all the snow.  Even with his short hair he does well with cold, however wind is a different story and we were on top of a ridge.

Me (Weston) finding some lower elevation face shots.  By this time I could barely standup and was REALLY looking forward to arriving at the car.

It was an awesome day to say the least.  Our expectations from yesterday were low and to be able to drop a knee and in bottomless pow was an amazing late October treat.  Forecast looks lack luster for at least the next few weeks.  Until next time…

~Weston D

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A Look Back Looking Forward

With temperatures dropping and snow dusting much of the mountains of the North American West we are all beginning to froth at the mouth for that first taste of winter. We are starving for those first turns, first splash of pow on your face, first moment where you are reminded why you work so hard during the off season, why you live where and how you do, that moment when life makes complete sense and you are free.

The anticipation is at an all time high here so Weston and I decided to relive some of our deepest days from last season. We can’t wait to see what Mother Nature and Father Winter have in store for us this season and are excited to share it all through Season 2 of The Life Unbound.

Here is a tribute to the deep days of the past in hopes of deeper days to come.

Season 1 Highlights from The Life Unbound on Vimeo.

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