Photos: Eric Asistin
Words: IJ Valenzuela
It's that time again, movies are showing the shine is glowing and the bros are bro-ing. Squaw valley was the place to be on Friday Sept 4th for a viewing of Standard films BLACK WINTER.
Olympic Valley Lodge was popping off with at least a few hundred people in attendance. Chas Guldemond was the MC for the event that saw the youngest stoked out groms mixing with the Old schoolers like Jim Zellers and Jeremy Jones.
Honestly this is Standard’s most lively offering in years. The soundtrack has a club feel to it, and Torstein Horgmo opens off the party with a banger of a part that puts his amazing shred abilities on full display. Along with him Chas Guldemond, Lonnie Kuak, Xavier DelaRue showcase where snowboarding is going. Lonnie definitely stepped up his game this season and his part deserves more than a mention. The kid is on "the bubble', in his own words he feels like he has taken his riding to the next level. His part reflects his mystic warrior snowboarding skills from Parks to Alaska and the wilds of Terrace BC. Xavier shows the big mountain game is alive and going to new levels, the way that guy controls his snowboard in some very perilous terrain is amazing and inspirational. There's some new cowboys in town and they are from Quebec. Jason Dubois and fellow Canadian ripper Seb Toots really show that you don't need a mountain to get gnarly. The urban section of this flick is dope, kids these days doing some wicked manuevers in the city. Along with these new faces in the Standard stable, comes Andrew Geeves. His part is full of man on rail action.
You knew it was only a matter of time for Chas Guldemond to come out of the gate with a heaping portion of ripping. His part follows him around the globe showing some of the sickest moments from his amazing contest runs. Really high grade entertainment.
Another exciting addition to Standard’s already stacked list of uber rippers come Andreas Wiig. He has a homie segment with Torstein and they do some serious damage to a tree/jump/jib combo.
As we have seen in the past couple of Standard flicks you know you count on Lando (Landvik) to come out swingin’. This seggy doesn't disappoint. What makes him so fun to watch is the way he rides all terrain like he isn't even trying. The boy got skills.
Chas Guldemond has this to say about the film, “I think Standard’s new release Black Winter was the best Standard movie to date. It not only shows some of the best riding of the season but it gives you an inside look at the personalities that makeup the movie. From Torstein’s tear of a year to Lonnie’s extreme focus on stepping up the game on freestyle big mountain. The movie has
everything to offer, everyone on the crew that filmed this year put together solid parts that ranged from street rails to the classic pow
slashes. I am proud to be part of a movie that depicts snowboarding in the best possible way.”
After the film, there was a raffle with prizes donated from DC and Porters board shop and all the proceeds went to the Make A Wish Foundation. One lucky woman won a $1200 complete setup package. Music was provided by Bass Heavy DJ, that consists of your truly and my good homie Zeb. Beats and drinks were flowing and a great time was had by all in attendance.
If you missed the Tahoe premiere you can catch Black Winter's showing on Friday Sept 11th at the Balboa Theater in San Diego. Do yourself a favor and check this cinematic gem out. You can also check out the teaser right HERE.