As we’ve been posting for the past four weeks, tomorrow is the last day to back Lynsey Dyer’s Kickstarter project to fund the Pretty Faces all-women’s ski film project. The response has been overwhelming with more than 100 grand of pledges pushing the effort past even its secondary goal. To keep the excitement for this pioneering effort flowing, we’ve linked to Dyer’s new GoPro teaser below that includes footage from her South America trip this past summer. But sick action and high fives aside, now is the time to open the wallet and kick down to help give these rad ladies their own ski film. Donate here or read more below.
Word filtered out and we’ve been tracking their travels for the past few weeks, but today is the official Eddie Bauer announcement that KC Deane and Drew Tabke have joined our guide and athlete team. We’ll track down Tabke before he starts the defense of his FWT title, but we caught up with Deane between his trips to Revelstoke, BC with photographer Grant Gunderson, and Zermatt, Switzerland, to represent Team Americas in the Skiers Cup, to ask the newest Eddie Bauer team member a few questions about skiing, injuries, cover shots, and Instagram.
From his early slopestyle days at Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho, KC Deane was hooked on the global images he discovered in ski movies and ski magazines. He honed his freestyle skills on the competitive circuit, elevated to pro status in Lake Tahoe, and survived a major injury of a broken back to shift focus to the deep snow of the backcountry. On this blank creative canvas, Deane has filmed freestyle-influenced, heavy-line ski segments for the Voleurz movies, exhibited his multi-discipline skill in the 2013 Skiers Cup, and shot frequently in stunning deep-powder locations with photographers Grant Gunderson, Mattias Fredriksson, and Mason Mashon.
Dangerous big mountain conditions forced the rider-driven cancelation of the second leg of The Skiers Cup, resulting in a narrow 9-7 win for Team Americas. With the competitive pressure off, the best freeskiers in the world put on an exhibition in the chosen venue and impressed all the spectators in attendance. We’ve linked to the Big Mountain day recap above but the sudden shut down shifted the entire focus to the results of day one’s Backcountry Slopestyle, including KC Deane’s run that we’ve linked to below.
Before the holiday we announced that resident Eddie Bauer ski team ripper Lynsey Dyer was launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund Pretty Faces, her pioneering all-women’s ski movie project, with an ambitious $60K goal. The response was overwhelming and we strongly backed her vision from the beginning, but today we’re putting our dollars behind the effort and throwing down to put Dyer over the top and make this powerful concept—that could dramatically alter the landscape of women’s skiing—a reality. We’re also sending Dyer a huge high five for dreaming this idea up in the first place and will be first in line when the movie hits this fall. Who’s with us?
Make your own contribution and pick your gift at their Kickstarter project page or read the recap on the project, that we’ve pulled directly from the Pretty Faces page, below:
The competition was heated in the first day of The Skiers Cup, but team Americas came back from a 5-3 first round deficit to finish the first half of the Euro v North America competition with a slim 9 to 7 lead. Eddie Bauer skier KC Deane was taken out in his first heat matchup by France’s Sam Favret with “a huge switch 540, a cork 360, and insane 720″ according to the official report from The Skiers Cup. But Deane built on the momentum from two straight round two visting-side victories to defeat France’s Fabien Maierhofer in the third heat of round two, helping bring Team Americas back in the second half in the Zermatt, Switzerland venue. Now, it all comes down to the final day of big mountain competition and we’ll be updating the final results on the Live Your Adventure blog and on the Eddie Bauer Facebook page.
With weather in Zermatt, Switzerland, Sunday was a free powder day for some of the best freeskiers in the world at The Skiers Cup. But before all the free Swiss shredding, the draw went down and Eddie Bauer skier KC Deane landed a tough head-to-head match up for a freeskiing’s version of the Ryder Cup that pits the best from North America against the best from Europe. The Backcountry Slopestyle portion of the event is now confirmed for 9:30 AM Tuesday, Swiss Standard Time and we’ll be providing updates on the contest on the Live Your Adventure blog and on the Eddie Bauer Facebook page. But for now, check out the video recap from the draw ceremony at The Skiers Cup.
New Eddie Bauer ski team member KC Deane has been selected to represent Team Americas in the Swatch Skier’s Cup, which runs from January 4th to January 10th in Zermatt, Switzerland. The fourth incarnation of the event matches the world’s best big mountain freeskiers in a team based, head-to head, Europe vs. North America format in the disciplines of backcountry slopestyle and big mountain skiing. The North Americans lost the first Skier’s Cup in Valle Nevado, Chile then battled back in 2012 to even the score at 1-1. Last winter, the event migrated to Europe for the first time with the euros making the most of home slope advantage to earn bragging rights and take a 2-1 advantage.