2007 Summer Outdoor
Retailer Show Video Interviews
August, 2007-- As Karhu's Brand Director under relatively new
parent K2 Sports, Charlie has been very busy getting things on
track at Karhu for the 2007/2008 season, and when we met up with
him at OR Charlie was excited to tell us how far ahead of the
game they are already, with many dealers already having received
and starting to sell the company's 07/08 line. He also had some
interesting things to say about Karhu's new "Greeenlight"
core material, as well as the ski industry and environmental
issues here on Earth.
Running time: 4:44
August, 2007-- Former Couloir and Telemark Skier Magazine Publisher
Craig Dostie closed up shop recently and joined the editorial
staff of one-time rival Backcountry Magazine. For many years,
this veteran ski media warrior was the voice in the world
of backcountry skiing, and more or less by default, telemark
skiing as well. Get to know him in this multi-part interview
shot last week in Salt Lake City, UT.
Ladies and gentlemen, Craig Dostie....
Running time: 6:19
Craig Dostie Unleashed--
September, 2007-- In Part Two of our Interview from the Summer OR
show last month (part one can be found at the bottom of this
page), Craig Dostie, the former owner/publisher of Couloir and
Telemark Skier, and now the new editor at Backcountry Magazine,
discusses global warming (the focus of the mag's next issue)
and how his own views on the subject differ somewhat from those
of his new employers. Dostie also shares his thoughts on the
important role backcountry skiing has played in his personal
life, as well as in his professional career in the ski media.
Running time: 7:40
Dan Abrams-- Flylow
September, 2007-- It's been fun watching owner Dan Abrams grow Flylow's
line of outdoor apparel designed with the needs of the telemark
skier in mind. This is Flylow's third season and Dan was excited
to show us their expaned line, including the new Puff Coat,
an innovative design which blends a softshell fabric with synthetic
down insulation. The result would seem to be a puffy that is
highly breathable and highly skiable, and a jacket that we can't
wait to try out on the slopes. Dan also showed us their new Prefontaine,
an attractively priced mid-layer that doubles as a water repellent
outer on those days when a jacket is too much. Dan's a good guy
with a clear vision, and we are stoked to see he and Flylow doing
Running time: 5:32
September, 2007-- Geoff Hurwitch is the Nordic Product Manager at
Rossi, where he oversees the company's telemark ski line, as
well as Rossignol's impressive stable of freeheel athletes, including
perennial tele extreme skiing comp champion Dylan Crossman, film
and TV star Max Mancini, up and coming young ripper Eben Mond,
as well as veteran tele athlete B.J. Brewer, among others. In
this interview from Summer OR, Hurwitch talks about Rossi's recent
move to Park City, their 07/08 ski line, and he shares his thoughts
on the debut of Rottefella's NTN advanced boot and binding system.
Running time: 6:04
Lou Dawson, Wildsnow.com
August, 2007-- Going way back, Lou Dawson was always my favorite
writer in the late Couloir magazine. The recent inductee to the
Colorado Ski Hall of Fame tended a little toward off center,
taking unexpected positions on issues such as the use of snowmobiles
to gain access to big mountain tours and ski mountaineering descents.
He's taken a lot of heat from the purists for that one, but as
Big Tim would say, "he don't care."
Lou once wrote an article for Couloir titled
"Confessions of a lift chair swinger" (December,
1994), I still have a copy of that issue because reading his
words was when the whole thing clicked for me, I knew the kind
of skier I wanted to be, and the approach I would take to skiing
in the future. It would be about the turns...
Explaining why he would "spend time
on the ski lifts," Lou wrote that it is a great way to keep
his form between big climbs and such... then came the closing
couple of paragraphs, and the part that would change my whole
outlook on tele skiing forever. No longer would it be only about
getting somewhere in the backcountry, it would be about finding
and getting into the groove whenever and wherever possible...
here's what Lou wrote, and why I think he rules:
"I'll confess to something else. It's
about stuffing your hip into a curve, feeling the G-force pull
at your cheek, and rocketing out for the next carve on a pair
of fiery performance skis. You can take that split second and
work it like Da Vinci worked for the perfect smile. Over and
over, you refine each tiny part. You feel your hand position
change by fractions, you pressure the rear of your boot for a
split second longer or shorter. Your actions are micrometer dialed.
The world narrows to you, the snow, and the purest path between
two snow crystals: the cut of a steel edge.
Voltaire said, "if God didn't exist,
it would be necessary to invent him." If Voltaire skied,
would he have said the same thing about ski lifts? Who knows,
but I'll bet he would've had a good word for the backcountry--
and he might have enjoyed sitting on a chair lift and tasting
a snowflake or two."
(copyright 1994, Couloir Publications)
Isn't that great? Not long after, the media-led
mindset of many a backcountry skier would become far less open
minded. It would change to being fully about the "where"
instead of the more inclusive "what." But not for all
of us, and for my part, somewhat ironically I suppose, I have
Lou to thank for this. Ironic because not only is he one of the
greats in the history of North American ski mountaineering, but
through his work with Couloir he's also closely associated by
many with the mag's "Earn Your Turns" ethos, something
that in 1994, publisher Craig Dostie had yet to adopt as his
In this 9 minute plus chat, Dawson shares
his thoughts on a number of issues and current events, listen
up y'all, 'cause Lou's da man!
Noah Howell, Powderwhore
August, 2007-- Noah called the other day all super psyched: they
had just completed editing PW07 and got their first look at the
entire video, the third telemark feature film from Utah's Powderwhores.
In this video interview shot a couple of weeks earlier, Noah
talks about the year they had shooting PW07, and explains why
the new one will likely have a very different feel than the two
well received PW videos that came before....
Running time: 5:53
August, 2007-- It's always great to catch up with Andrew whenever
our paths cross, but it was especially cool to get a chance to
congratulate Andrew in person on the birth a day or two earlier
of he and wife Polly's new baby girl, Mira Samuels McLean. We
covered a number of other subjects as well in this 7 plus minute
chat with outdoor product designer, author, film star, extreme
skier, globe trotting adventure skier and now new Dad, Andrew
McLean, aka "AT Apostle" on our Telemark Talk Forum.
Running time: 7:21
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