Monday, September 26, 2011

First post in a while.

Hey everybody. I haven't updated my blog since New Zealand... I know, you don't have to tell me, I'm lazy. We all get lazy sometimes I'm sure. You have to forgive me. After New Zealand, I spent two weeks training in Park City Utah and then drove back up to Windells to attend the first week of the 2011/2012 school year! If you didn't know, Mt. Hood has glacier snow available all year long so we were actually SKIING the first week of school. In September!. Yeah I know, pretty freakin' sweet if you ask me. After the first week of school I went home to Indana to hang out with friends and family for a week and a half. You know that feeling you get when you can't stop smiling because you're so happy? Well that's how I always feel when I'm stepping off the plane onto Indiana soil. You gotta love the Midwest.

Now my adventures have lead me to Toronto Canada for a few days of trampoline training. Then on Thursday, I head back to Windells for the remainder of school until Thanksgiving!  Winter is getting closer and closer, keep your fingers crossed for a good snow year. CAN WAIT FOR THE SNOW TO FALL!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Zealand Winter Games Slopestyle

Hello everyone,

My time spent down in New Zealand so far has been well worthwhile! I've been having a great time with my buddy Lyman Currier whom I traveled down with. The past 4 days have been non stop skiing and having a great time. Unfortunately, the weather gods decided to poop on New Zealand the majority of the last week, but the last two days it cleared up and the weather has been sunny and perfect.

Lyman and I

 So far, we have competed in the halfpipe and slopestyle of the New Zealand Winter Games. Halfpipe didn't go so well and I ended up with an 8th place finish. Halfpipe day was a nightmare. There were gloomy clouds hanging over Cardrona ski resort all day and made it extremely difficult to see in the halfpipe. However, the next day I managed to place 3rd in slopestyle over at Snow Park. The weather cleared up the next day for the slopestyle event and we were graced with lots of sun and no wind. The event went great. The Kiwi's sure can put on a good contest!

Thanks to all my sponsors who have helped with my trip in New Zealand. Volkl/Marker, Under Armour, Dalbello, Smith, Kicker, and god watchin over.

Lake Wanaka at sunset

Monday, July 18, 2011

D.O.D. (Dear Old Dad)

Hey everyone. These past few days have bee great. Why have they been great you might ask? Well my dad came to visit me in Oregon! Pops made the trip out from Indiana to Oregon for three days to hang out with me at Windells. I had to show him around though because he had never been to Windells before. We went on a couple hikes, explored the city if Portland, and enjoyed scenic views of Mt. Hood.

Here's dad enjoying his first time on Mt. Hood.

Dad had fun. I'm glad he got to enjoy the Oregon experience!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Initial Summer Update

Hey guys, I know it's been a while since I last posted but there has fortunately been a TON going on! My life is wild and I'm glad I can share it with the rest of the world. I've been through a bunch since I last posted about West Coast Sessions. Since the end of West Coast sessions I've enjoyed some time at home, learned some new tricks at Windells, participated in a wicked photoshoot, broken my arm, and braved a ski mountaineering camp in Tioga Pass California. It never seems to stop. I'd like to give you a full re-cap on what's been going on this past month. Lets start with my time at home.

Immediately after West Coast Sessions, I caught a plane from Portland back to Indiana to visit my family for two and a half weeks. It was a great visit. I was ecstatic to finally re-unite with my friends and family back home after a wild winter. There was only one problem though. I came home with the UGLIEST goggle tan from the slopes. My parent even forced me to endure church one morning with me looking like a fool. My little brother can vouch for me on that.

After Hanging out with friends and family for a while, I flew back out to Windells to start my summer skiing season. Although, at first it sure didn't seem like summer...
Eventually, the weather cleared up, the campers started flocking in, and it started to finally feel like summer. The first few weeks of the summer with the Windells Academy went great. I've been learning new tricks every week on hill and I even have been skiing some halfpipe. Here the first two skiing edits of the summer that the media crew at Windells has produced. They're great!

Session 1, 2011: Skiing from Windells on Vimeo.
Session 2, 2011: Skiing from Windells on Vimeo.

Unfortunately, when I was nearing the end of the second camp session last week, I came up short on a jump and broke my arm. I had a mountaineering camp planned immediately after the second session Tioga Pass California but that didn't stop me from going. The mountaineering camp I attended with Alpine Skills International from Lake Tahoe was an experience I'll never forget. It was difficult and physically demanding but well worth it. Me and a group of about 9 kids along with 2 mountain guides explored and conquered all kinds of different zones in Tioga Pass. The highlight was our overnight climb on the Dana glacier. Here are some photos

 The famous Dana Glacier. We skied the Dana coular which is the big coular to the left of the bowl. We climbed of the center of the bowl into one of the entrance chutes on to the top of the ridge.
 A view from the top of the bowl

 Sherpa Galgin helped us with the cooking and set up of the camp throughout the camp.

Following the mountaineering camp was a series of doctors appointments and a surgery and lots of laying around waiting for the pain to subside in my arm. The pain is gone and the days are back to normal again here in Oregon. The healing process is underway and not it's just up to my body and time before I can get back to 100%. I'll be skiing in about a week but keeping it mellow. Check back to the blog for more updates soon.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

West Coast Sessions 5

West Coast Session 5 went off with a bang this year. Some of the best skiers in the world all congregated near Mt. Hood Oregon to session one of the sickest parks/jumps in the world for 4 days. The outcome was spectacular. This year was the best West Coast Session to date. I hope it never goes away! Enjoy the photos and videos of the amazing experience.

 Me and my good friend Jared Karon standing under the jump. I'm on the left.

Mute Grab!
The Banger..

Videos, Day 3 and Day 4

West Coast Session 5 Day 3 from Evan Heath on Vimeo.

West Coast Session 5 Day 4 from Evan Heath on Vimeo.

Big Thanks to Timberline ski resort, Ethan Stone, and Brandon Pastucka for putting on an amazing event!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Back To The (mt) HOOD!

These next few days are going to consist of EXCESSIVE pre calculus. I'm really far behind and in order to be school-free this summer, I need to catch up. The Red Bull camp last week in Squaw Valley was fabulous. Although, we didn't have very favorable weather, I had a ton of fun and got my foot in the door with red Bull. We did get two solid days on snow where I learned some new tricks and skied some halfpipe. I arrived in Portland Oregon two days ago to come back to Windells for a week. Next week we have the West Coast Sessions shoot planned at Timberline ski resort. West Coast Sessions is an annual film/photo shoot event held at Mt. Hood every year. Usually, a number of highly ranked skiers are invited out to participate and get shots. I participated last year and got to ski in my first ever sunset shoot! Hopefully the same thing will happen this year and we can produce some good results. They're building some crazy features for us on the mountain right now! Here is a shot from last year. Stay tuned for more coverage.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

High Fives

This past weekend I participated in the Annual Volkl High Fives Trains event at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe. It was probably one of the most fun contests I have done all year. Spring slush, sunshine, friends, and epic chicken wings make for a good time. High Fives is a local organization in Lake Tahoe dedicated to aiding injured or underprivileged skiers back to full time. They throw a big air contest every spring to help raise money for charity. The whole day is full of big tricks and big trains. Especially big trains. Here are a few photos from the experience and a video to enlighten you.

We were team purple! Nick Goepper, Jared Karon, Lyman Currier, and two other fellows.

Steadily gettin blunted (almost)
 Me and Lyman Currier having a blast. Tandem switch seven mutes. 

Screamin seamons anyone?

Team purple gettin inverted. You know how we do.

Right now I'll be at Squaw Valley for the next week training at the Red Bull performance camp. Expect big things! It's already off to a good start! (knock on wood)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Cat Skiing is Pretty Sweet.

It's great to be back in Lake Tahoe. I love it here. The last time I was here was in January for the first stop of the North Face Open Parks and Pipes Series at Northstar resort. Well let me just say that since then, Tahoe has been getting TONS of snow. The main reason I'm in Tahoe now is for the annual Volkl High Fives big air event at Alpine Meadows ski resort along with the Red Bull training camp at Squaw Valley. Every year Volkl Skis sponsors a big air competition put on by the non profit organization called High Fives. High Fives is a group that originated in Tahoe to help disabled skiers continue to do what they love out on the slopes. Volkl usually brings out some of their athletes every year to partake in the event. I was fortunate enough to be acknowledged by Volkl to join the High Fives crew this year.

As part of being invited to High Fives,  I was able to tag along on a private cat skiing day with the rest of the Volkl team in the Tahoe back country. I had a BLAST cat skiing for the first time today. Cat skiing is the same as skiing at a resort with epic terrain, EXCEPT without all the people and the chairlifts. It was my first tome on non-park skis since November. Pretty hard to believe huh?

Check back for more update on High Fives and the Red Bull camp!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

France Digitally Documented

I'd like to show you some awesome photos from my experience to France. I probably just looked like an ignorant tourist while taking most of these, but they'll provide good memories to come. Read the captions above the photos to inquire what they're about.

These are the alps from the aerial view of our plane, pretty small right?
 Lake Geneva

I wish my hometown in Indiana was situated in a landscape like THIS.
The remains of a mid evil castle. Pretty cool right?
The East facing slopes of Tignes, France form our hotel room.

Me and the renowned president of Windells Academy, Mike Hanley.

The Alps are kinda cool I guess...

The X Games Venues
You could have fit a whole 3rd grade class on these chairs.
If you know don't who Kevin Rolland is, he is a French halfpipe skier and is practically worshiped by his fans. Here they are staging a parade for him as he enters the town.
They have these things in France called funiculars and they are basically underground subways that take you to the top of the mountain. CRAZY. 

Top of the tram at Tignes, pretty cool view eh?

Flying back to the states, we passed over the frozen, ice capped waters of the norther Atlantic. I'd never seen the ocean like this before.

I'll be in Colorado for the next week or so shredding my face off with friends. Remember, don't forget to bring a towel! (south park tribute)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Dumont Cup

Today I picked my first major win of my career at the Dumont Cup in Sunday River Maine. It was amazing! All of my good friends were out here today shredding with me. Semis and finals took place today on a perfectly manicured course that Simon Dumont himself designed for us. Mother nature played a huge role today throughout the contest. Wind gusts were blowing the flags sideways during the contest. I'd like to thank all of my sponsors, WINDELLS ACADEMY, VOLKL SKIS, MARKER BINDINGS, SMITH OPTICS, UNDER ARMOUR, DALBELLO, DAKINE, AND SCOTT POLES. Also, big shout out to the big guy up stairs watching out for me!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Exhausted but Stoked

Taking a six hour bus ride through the alps packed in like sardines with people isn't the most comfortable journey in the world. And on top of that, having to pay thirty dollars for dinner at the airport hotel that same day isn't the most comforting feeling either. Me and my coach Mike are exhausted. We left Tignes France this morning at 12:30 via bus ride and arrived in Geneva Switzerland at 6:30. Our plane departs tomorrow for the states at 10:30. I'm sitting in my hotel room right beside the Geneva airport reminiscing on how great of a week I have had in Europe. The European X Games experience has been surreal. I'm definitely looking forward to coming back next year. I don't think I have ever eaten so much good food in one week before. The French sure know how to cook. I'll be doing another post soon with TONS of photos from Tignes. Don't take the creepy picture to the right to seriously haha.

The next step is the Dumont Cup in Sunday River Maine. We're flying to the East Coast and will be there for a week and a half enjoying some New England hospitality. More posts surely to come. I love New England. Cheers

Thursday, March 17, 2011

European X Games Qualifiers

Nick here, reporting from the riders lounge in Tignes at the European X Games. Just wanted to let you guys know that I had a GREAT day yesterday even though I didn't make finals. There were 24 competitors in qualifying and they took the top 8 to finals. I ended up finishing 13th after my 2 runs were over. I skied my best and landed both of my runs and couldn't have been happier. I'll be cheering my friend Alex Schlopy on today in finals. It should be a great show!

I should have some action photos soon so I'll post those as soon as I get some.