Mikey Rencz and Eero Niemela

Eero and I haven't had the chance to really film together in the last four or five years. We used to spend the entire winter together, so for the first film trip of the season we linked back up and went somewhere new. The photographer that was going to join us couldn't make it, so Leyland, the Burton filmer, lent us his still camera, and we shot each other the whole trip. Honestly my favorite parts of the trip were when we would go back to the hotel, have some drinks and watch the slideshow from each day. – Mikey Rencz

Bode Merrill

Eero. Photo: Mikey Rencz

Eero rode up this tree and aired off of it over this cliff. When he asked me if I though it was possible I said, Definitely. But, I actually thought the tree was going to just spring back up and be hilarious. He proved me wrong and killed it. - Mikey Rencz

Bode Merrill

Eero. Photo: Mikey Rencz

This rock was so amazing! The landing could have been steeper, but still it was one of those features that you roll up on and it is a little too good to be true. We just had to smooth out the tranny a bit and it was ready to roll. Had sick pop, too! Eero got this switch backside five on it. - Mikey Rencz

Bode Merrill

Eero. Photo: Mikey Rencz

We were reading on the snowmobile trail maps that this zone had skatepark-like features, which sounds great, but I don't really know what they meant by it. It was pretty dope though and had so much snow; easily the deepest days of the trip. We just hiked around these trees for the day and found all sorts of poppers. Eero juiced a nice tail wheelie on this one for the first go. - Mikey Rencz

Bode Merrill

Eero. Photo: Mikey Rencz

This was my first photo I took during the trip. It was just a fun pillow-to-pillow popper and Eero has the sickest style on this trick. I wish I could do this trick! Obviously, I'm not good enough of a photog to fake this one. ALL STYLE. - Mikey Rencz
Gallery photos shot by Aaron Leyland/@aaronleyland

Bode Merrill

Mikey. Photo: Eero Niemela

Classic Mikey front five off of a natural rock jump. This rock was a perfectly-formed jump, we just had to wait for the fog to lift so we could hit it. This one was fun one to shoot, switching up angles and stuff. It is one of my favorites that I got of Mikey, with the foggy back ground and sun light coming true the clouds hitting him like a spotlight. -Eero Niemela

Bode Merrill

Mikey. Photo: Eero Niemela

This was on of the coolest little zones. We were surrounded by all these snow covered pillow trees. I would have liked to see what real photographer would have gotten out of it. For this photo I remember being in a little gofer hole, hiding away from Aaron Leyland’s film shot. I was super hyped when Mikey did this dope back tail slide over the pillow tree. - Eero Niemela

Bode Merrill

Mikey. Photo: Eero Niemela

This one was a fun little jammer. I was ducked down in a little hole under these trees and Mikey blasted this perfect front three right over me. It was such a cool feeling taking a photo that close to Mikey and seeing all that style. - Eero Niemela

Bode Merrill

Mikey. Photo: Eero Niemela

I think this was the first feature on which we started taking photos of each other. Fun pillow-to-pillow jam and Mikey’s flawless switch frontside five. I wish I knew what I was doing to get a better photo of this, but we all have to start somewhere. - Eero Niemela