By the time we actually had made it to our room and into bed, it must have been 3am and we had been traveling for like forty hours (100+ if you count our first attempt. haha). We passed out and in the morning woke up to an incredible view from our room and the very best complementary hotel breakfast I think I will ever experience. All of the stress and hard work to make this trip happen completely wiped away.
Stoked, full of crepes, and ready to check out the hill, we met up with Andre who came through with some rental gear for Lucey. He took the morning and showed us around the mountain, all of us so pumped to be boarding in Russia for the first time. On hill was a huge party. New Star is an adult snowboard camp that is pretty much 50/50 snowboarding/partying. Every day at the bottom of the park there was a massive party complete with DJs blasting music, super hot girls, lots of beer, and a bunch of wild ass Russian vacationers. The park was also pretty insane and we had a blast filming and shredding all over that place.
We spent the remaining five days of our trip living the good life: five star accommodations, amazing pool and spa, great food, epic parties, fun snowboarding, hilarious footage and good times. It all seemed so surreal, and given the fact that none of us had any clue what it would be like--and given the other fact that we had been sleeping on couches and living like dirtbags while filming all winter--this trip was heaven sent. Truly an unforgettable experience that I hope one day we will get to relive, just maybe without the whole “visa panic” part, lol.
Huge thanks to Andre and everyone at New Star Camp, Jesse, Dave and everyone at Gnu and Lib Tech, Bonus, Sean Lucey, Ted Borland, everyone at Dave’s house, the nice lady from Delta who helped us, and especially the amazing women at the little Russian visa place in Seattle. We literally couldn't have done it without you guys :)