You know the name. You know the voice. You’ve been watching Warren Miller flicks ever since you were knee-high to a grasshopper. Heck, your parents have probably been doing the same. This year, K2 athletes Amie, Collin, Lexi, Tyler, and McKenna deliver the early season stoke in the newest WME release, Line of Descent. From the big mountains of Montana and AK to the lively European après scene, the K2 crew keeps it sendy and shows what it means to be in the #k2stateofmind.
Staying fit and active in the summer is the best way to ski hard again once the snow starts to fall. With mountains, ocean, lakes, and rivers all within a couple hours of the K2 global headquarters, we can’t think of a better place than Seattle and the PNW to call home. Check out the ways some of the in-house K2 crew gets down during the summer months to stay in ski shape all year long.
Liza Bee Hodgins – Finance and Accounting
Most of my “staying in shape for skiing” is disguised as adventuring in the mountains with friends. I ski year-round in the backcountry, seeking out the last of the snow before it melts in the Cascades, then turning to the volcanoes. If I’m not doing that I’m out riding trails on my mountain bike; I find it very similar to ski touring, spending most of the time climbing then reaping the rewards of your “suffering” by ripping down and high-fiving at the bottom. I also enjoy a good summit scramble or multi-day backpacking trip. During the week I bike commute most days, which helps me stay sane and also has the added benefit of being good for me.
Dan Mohr – Graphic Design
I inline skate on K2 Skate’s SODO for endurance and cardio, and aggressive skate on K2 Skate’s Unnatural in the parks on the rails and bowls, doing the flips and the jumps and grinders. I paddle board to keep my core in shape, and I lift weights and do dips and pull ups and push ups to stay looking fly. I love to run steps, keeps my legs strong for hiking. I also hike a lot.
Valerie Long – Marketing Manager
My summer includes, spending a lot of time with my girls playing friendly games of beach dodgeball, running throughout the PNW, tennis, skating on Alki and lots of hikes throughout the West.
Thomas Kauffman – Supply Chain
Mountain biking is my primary summer sport. I think it’s the perfect sport to compliment skiing. You get to navigate the mountains and woods while wearing shorts and t-shirt. Nothing beats a hard couple laps on Tiger or Tokul and then a post-ride dip in the river. It’s also one of the most physically demanding sports I’ve ever done. It keeps your legs and core strong so you’re ready to rip when the snow starts to fall!
Garrett Lund – Customer Service
Come summertime I’m already thinking about next winter but I do love summer activities. In the summer I find myself fly fishing, mountain biking, and trail running, and find myself on the road every weekend trying to escape the city. All these sports take me outside, but mountain biking and trail running have the most application to offseason ski training. I find that mountain biking keeps me practicing movements that have application to skiing. Its also just a fun sport that takes me around the west.
One my other summer activities is trail running. This sport was definitely inspired by my desire to try and stay in ‘ski shape’. Its an activity that is great offseason ski training and it takes you into the outdoors. At the end of the day it just makes those hiking trails take less time. Really looking forward to summer and the sunshine!
Jesse Cote – Graphic Design
I spend my summer practicing falling over from headstands, jumping on boxes, spending countless hours executing the perfect hopscotch with 4-year-old twins, and yelling at people while training to teach boot camp.
Jed Yeiser – Ski Engineering
We’re in the PNW, so the skiing never really ends! During the spring and summer I split my time between ski touring adventures and getting out on the mountain bike (the PNW has some of the best riding in the world!)
This past winter we made the pilgrimage to the powder Mecca, Utah, to link up with Factory Team leader Pep Fujas. Sean Pettit also came on board as Pep showed us around his home resorts of Snowbird and Alta, followed by some heli time with our friends at Powderbird. Pep and Sean served up their signature high speed, smooth yet aggressive style and we can’t wait to go back for more. | Filmed & edited by Nick Meilleur | Music: “Method” by Bugseed
Boulder, CO – August 4, 2016: The most respected name in action-sports film production, Warren Miller Entertainment has announced its 67th full-length feature film will be titled, “Here, There & Everywhere”. The industry leader also reveals the original filmmaker, narrator and household name Warren Miller himself will appear on-screen in this year’s movie. See the teaser and tour calendar here.
In this 67th annual Warren Miller film, take a freeski voyage with industry veterans Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte, tour Eastern Greenland by dog sled with Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill and follow Jess McMillan and Grete Eliassen on a Swiss holiday aboard the Glacier Express. Explore the backcountry of Western Montana’s Glacier Country with Tyler Ceccanti, Collin Collins and Keith Curtis and catch a powder day with Kaylin Richardson, Matt Elliott, Marcus Caston and the Kicking Horse ski patrol in British Columbia.
Presale tickets will be available September 8-11, 2016 online-only at a discount of $4-off each ticket. General on sale will begin September 12, 2016 both online and at participating retail locations. No fees will be associated with ticket sales at participating retail locations.
Nora Esders! Here is the winning submission of her Dad, Nick. We felt it represents K2 to the fullest; laid back, fun times on snow! This was spring skiing at Mammoth Mountain in late June of 1972. Nick is turning 70 this year and still gets 100 ski days in every season. Enjoy your new boots Nick and goggles Nora! We hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day. | #seriousfun
To celebrate Father’s Day this year, we are launching a contest for you and your Dad! Show us your favorite Rad Dadness moment on Instagram and you just might win a pair of ski boots for your pop! Not to mention some sweet goggles for yourself.
With our FitLogix system we have the perfect fit for any foot so your Dad will be stoked. Come on, we know some Dads out there need new boots and who doesn’t love new goggles?!
All you have to do is tag both our account @k2skis and hashtag #K2RadDads in your photo and you will be entered to win! We’ll pick the winner based on our favorite photo submitted by midnight on Father’s Day, which is June 19th 2016. Contest Rules are below.
Good Luck and Stay Rad!
–Contest open to US Residents only from June 7 – June 19, 2016. Winner will be announced by June 24 2016.
-Contest winner wins one (1) pair of K2 Ski boots of their choice and one (1) K2 goggle, both subject to availability.
– Only those who tag @K2skis and #K2RadDads will be considered.
– Winners will be asked to provide an email address within a week of winning. If Winners fail to respond, a new one will be selected instead.
Here is an exclusive sneak peak at our new 2015 K2 Pinnacle 95. The all new K2 Pinnacle 95 features Konic technology, optimizes the construction materials and efficiently distributes them exactly where you need it, over the edge for maximum power and control. This redistribution maintains a strong, solid and responsive ski while reducing the swing weight by nearly 20%. Finally, hard charging doesn’t have to be hard to ski. Available in the Fall of 2015.
Sean Pettit has been a house hold name in the ski industry since he was eleven years old. Known as one of the most popular and talented big-mountain skiers in the world, Pettit continues to push the sport and have a ridiculous amount of fun along the way.
One of the most respected skiers in the game, Clayton Vila is known for his crazy urban antics and incredible style. From close-out rails on two story buildings, enormous death gaps on and off of features, wallride transfers, and stairset handrails barren of snow that kink, twist, and turn leaving no margin for error; Clayton does it all with flow and style. Not bad for a kid from Rhode Island. Don’t miss out on this incredible edit from Mr. Vila.