Showdown over the City Course Preview

I don`t know about you, but I cannot wait for the Showdown over the City. If you don`t know, the Showdown will be taking place this Friday and Saturday at Grouse. The course is pretty gnarly this year with some big features. I thought I would snap some shots of the course exclusively for you, our Grouse Park viewers. Here it is from top to bottom. IMG_1372

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For more info check out the official Showdown over the City website here.

See ya there! Andrew Santos

 

Fresh Season Fresh Photos

What's up Grouse Park blog readers? Jason Macfarlane here to put out content for another season. If you're new to grousepark.com, this is my third season writing for the blog. I am an 18 year old skier from North Vancouver, currently enrolled in my first year of university. This year I am also a part of the Park Crew staff on Grouse Mountain. So I'll be writing about the park, helping to build, maintain and keep it running smoothly. Lack of snow has been a bit of a challenge so far this year, but that doesn't mean we haven't pulled off some good features. The Park Crew have worked hard (which hasn't been me so far so I can't take credit for this) and have put together an awesome line of rail features in The Cut park. Jam packed, it is probably one of the jib parks with the best flow the mountain has ever seen.

Recently, Trint Thomas and I spent a few hours in the sun shooting some pictures and video clips. Here's one of my favourites from that day.

-Jason Macfarlane

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Rider: Trint Thomas Photo: Jason Macfarlane

 

Inversion in the Park

Clouds covered the city, but that wasn't the case for Grouse. Check out some shots taken on Sunday. grouse mountain

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Nose Press on the new 32' Flat box.

Cut line is sweet right now with new features including a Down C-rail, Down Flat Down Flat Rail, 32' Flat Box, and more! Click here to get full park conditions.

Peace Andrew Santos

Nipwitz

Have you ever heard of Nipwitz? If not, you will soon. These guys from Finland are set to burst onto the scene this season. Churning out multiple webisodes all last season, all of which match the quality of big hitters like Level 1, these creative jibbers are taking urban, and filmmaking, to the next level. Here is their first webisode of the season: [vimeo 20470817]

Check out their website for information and updates, and you can watch their epidodes from last year here.

And you probably don't need me to tell you this, but the park crew is killing it right now. I was up Monday night, new features include super fun cannon pontoon, elbow kink in a new place, and a soon-to-be-open rebuilt #4 jump on the cut line. And Y2Plays are now on sale too, so get up here!

-Dylan

An Update

The cut jump line daswasup. As most of you already know the new jump line is beyond amazing. I've been lucky enough to get lots of shredding in lately. My buddy Ryan Hirakida brought his camera up the other day, unfortunately the fog had rolled in just as we arrived, but that did not stop him from getting some great shots. Check it out!

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Stay tuned for some new edits coming out soon.

Andrew

Early Season Edit

Just a little edit filmed during a few days at Grouse before Christmas. Filmed by Sebastian Gerhard and edited by Patrick Rychter. Fun times. Enjoy! [vimeo 18774973]

Get stoked for the rebuild!

-Dylan

Schools Out!

Hey gang, For most of you, including me, the coming up weeks are a sacred time of year. For a little over two weeks, young skiers and snowboarders get to put away their school books to shred their hearts out. It's winter break! As you probably noticed, today was especially nice out, the sun was shinning, the birds were singing, and tricks were being stomped left right and centre. When I got up to the mountain, my jaw nearly hit the ground as I did my first lap through the quicksilver park checking out all the new features that  were perfectly set up overnight. The park has variety, fluidity, perfectly set-up features, basically the sickest park I have ever seen grouse produce. Unfortunately right now I am on the injured list because two sundays ago, a certain flat rail and I weren't getting along, which resulted in three broken bones in my hand. However, I came up with my camera to get some shots with a few of my friends. I hope everyone has an awesome holiday, and get's the chance to check out the park. Big ups to the park crew and look out for an edit dropping real soon.

Cheers!

Simon.

An Introduction: It's Dylan!

Hey all, My name's Dylan Gillespie and I'm super stoked to be one of the Grouse Park bloggers for this season! I've been skiing Grouse all my life, and got into the park/freeski scene a few years ago, though I love doing anything with skis on my feet. I live really close to Grouse, so you can be sure to see me lapping the park on weekends and after school. If you see me, stop me and say hi! I'm usually wearing a orange jacket or black hoody, and blue pants. I always enjoy meeting someone new and spining laps with another stoked rider!

Now overall, the weather's been pretty good this season which has let the Grouse Park Crew put together an AMAZING park setup, week after week. Add a bunch of new and improved features for them to work with, and you've got one of the best parks Grouse has seen in a long time. So be sure to get up there as soon as you can and check out either the Quiksiver Park or the Paradise Jib Park, both of which are sweeeeet right now.

I will be posting numerous edits, photos, and videos thoughout the season, and you can check those out on my Vimeo page and my Flickr page (which shall be set up with content in the near future).

In the mean time, here are a couple of my favourite photos from my past season.

Skier: Dyan Gillespie   Photo: Matt Hutchinson

I'm not going to sit here and claim I'm any good at photography, because I'm not. I'm really hoping to improve this year, because right now, I can't tell the differance between f-stop and flash sync. But very, VERY rarely I can sometimes click the shutter button on my Casio point-and-shoot at the right moment, which I was luckily able to do here.

Skier: Casey Klimock Photo: Dylan Gillespie

That's all I got for now guys, but keep checking back for more great updates from me and my fellow bloggers.

Peace!

-Dylan

Late Pre-Season Update

We would have had this up earlier, but we had a lot going on. Check out these photos from Jason McFarline and a video from Jeremy Cox.

Pre-Season Video

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See you on the slopes!

No Lies This Time

I messed up last time and said that there was a park on Cut. My bad for all the excitement that caused.  However, Quik park is up and running again and features two jumps and a bunch of street style rails.  Hallelujah, go and ride. Big ups to Park Crew!

Still Kickin'

There may not be much snow on the mountain right now but that doesn't mean the park isn't still awesome! The park crew has used a little creativity and worked their asses off to somehow keep the Quik Park as sick as it always is. The best feature in the park right now is the up box. There are a bunch of other rails and boxes but the up box is definitely number one. Frodo and I went up the mountain last night to do some shooting and got a couple decent shots. They're all of the one box, but we did our best to get creative. Get up the mountain tomorrow night for the Oakley Night Jam, it's gonna be fun no matter what. If you can't get up the mountain, then you should go to Centennial Theater to check out the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, which starts tomorrow and goes till the 29th. So, if you're sitting at home tomorrow night complaining that there's nothing to do, then now there's no excuse! Here are some shots to get you stoked for the Oakley Night Jam!

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(caption: Frodo with another shifty off the up box over the city)

now on to whistler peace!

~Bill

A Little Update from the Park Staff

What up? What up?!! So we figured it was about that time again. After what can only be called the early season sadness that is rain (I got to spend that week frolicking the beaches of SoCal…suckers), we’re back at it for a little park rebuild.

For those of you who haven’t graced the park in the past week, get in there! Some highlights include a nice mellow jump with a hint of the wu for those who like to get inverted, a 20’ box gap 40’ box combo for your jibbing pleasure followed by a newly renovated s-rail and a handful of other goodies. So, now’s the time with the sick weather inversion to get up and get your shots in.

Below are some teaser pics of things we’ve been working on that you’ll be enjoying soon as the snow starts falling again, and some of the mountain folk on their rounds. Oh, and on that note, a huge shout-out to the Grouse Mountain snow makers, because without them we wouldn’t even be thinking about jumps and park rebuilds.

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Warmest regards in this winter season,

Chris and the rest of the park fellas

Quiksilver Park Open Top to Bottom

Lower Side Cut was opened today, expanding the Quik Park to its full season length.  To think that last year on this day we had just opened Paradise with 4 features, and this year we're boasting 19 between Paradise and Quik Park.  Go snowmaking!  A shout out to our snowmaking crew, without these guys, you'd be riding jib park for the foreseeable future.  They have been absolutley killing it for the terrain park at Grouse Mountain this year.  More features are being added almost daily, and I'll have some pictures up here soon. Seasons Greetings

SHAW and the Park Crew

Grousepark Report- Nov 23/09

With all the recent snowfall, the paradise jib park was rebuilt over the last couple of days. And it hasn't stopped yet. With the Peak Chair now open, get your freshies in while the getting is good. We've been keeping real busy trying to keep up with nature, digging and pulling out rails. PB210030

Recently we've been trying to split our time between digging and painting and paneling the rails at the top of the Quiksilver Park. Hope you've all been enjoying the little setup and have been getting last years tricks on lock.

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PS. look for some new features to be snow-ready real soon.

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From with love,

Grouse Mountain Park Crew

Shaw, Marcus, Chris, Andrew, Dan, Tom, Conrad, Ryan, Adam.

Grouse Mountain Opening Day

Hey all, Sorry this is being posted a whole two days after the actual opening.  For those of you that missed it, Grouse Mountain has opened the early season jib park.  There are 8 features set up.  There's a rainbow rail, butter box and flat box to start off the series, then there a cannon butter box which you'll need to pump the rainbow rail for, a C rail hooking left into a flat bar, the Whale Tail box and a legit street style down rail.  Basically, best early season park we've ever had.  I took a couple pictures, but man, these cameras we get don't work so well at night. My iPhone takes better pictures, I reckon.

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Grousepark Report - Nov.13/09

Paradise jib park is up and running for the 2009/2010 winter season.  Eight features were moved into our expanded terrain for some early season jib action. grouse_8

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With mother nature giving us some natural, and the snowmaking team at grouse adding to the snowbase, we were able to move some snow around and bring a progressive lineup of jibs.  Check the pictures.

Shaw and the Park crew

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