There is only a good month before the Untouched project will be premiered in Kino Šiška, so my working hours are going crazier everyday… first teas is already out, it is the snowboarders lineup… are you happy?!
This year I have been traveling a lot, mostly thanks to snowboard/ski related matters. We have been doomed in the past two winters and had to chase snow like we usually chase waves here on the “inland”. Search is always on, hehe.
Untouched project‘s main skier, Bine Žalohar, had a misfortunate injury in the start of our second filming season, so we were at a crossroad… should we make a snowboarding only video or push over our budget, put in some own and get stuff done in summer. Four heads looked at each other and smiled… it was on, we are going to Chile!
I always had a great wish to go to South America, but it is funny to drop there in summer and basically hit the middle of winter… Sanka moment on the airport, haha.
Discovering a big and totally new country, trying to get good powder shots and gain some travel experience was super stressful and amazing at the same time. We visited three ski regions, surfed, partied, hottubed, BBQed with locals… and drove and hiked more than ever in my life. Yet, we can say with out a doubt that we got lots of what we wanted and more… Chile is a nice place to be.
Thanks to the rest of the crew for putting such an effort in… Bine was sick pretty much the whole trip, but really came through with the sheer determination to get his share in the video (also cooked and drove most of the time), Maček was the proper balkan PR/manager like always and became some sort of an director/screenwriter in the mix of things and Katja got everything documented for the project (and resort tickets, hehe).
We posted regular updates on the Untouched blog, so check there for more pics and story… teasers will be dropping in November and the video premieres around Christmas, so check back…
I am making it sort of annual to spent few days in Bovec in the last days of the season. I am not much of a park lover, so I skip Dachstein hype and leave for big mountains before summer finally takes over.
This time we even filmed some slush stuff for Untouched project and the rest of it was chilling and good times. You know it is the no stress weekend when Maček comes half drunk to a filming mission, haha.
Good crew, super hot days, beers and swimming mandatory… check loads of photos and a local eating shit on the slush kicker here…
It is skateboarding season outside, we even started to work on the KDC miniramp again, which I just can not wait to be rebuilt… beers and BBQs with my homies there are always best times…
Yet I am still checking pow reports every morning. I just can not help myself, I know we can still film and that is this years program, period!
T-shirts and spring sessions are full on, but it is not the time to store your big gun yet!
The Untouched crew is always powder hunting. We made a team trip to Austria with Grilo and Cilka Sadar, chasing after promised 35cm of fresh.
It turned out it was only half of that, but getting pow in middle of April is incredible enough. Judging by the forecast for next week there will still be plenty of opportunities!
Tons of pictures on Untouched blog…
The 7th edition of Luža is over, it was truly a spring session, just enjoying sun, beers and gnarly slams, haha.
The video of the happening is below, make sure you drop by next year!
Snowboarding has taken me to some amazing places, but I never imagined we would be filming in mountains of Kosovo in such short time after the war!
It all went so quick, I did not even get a chance to rest after the filming missions in Oetz, we were already driving to the South. I was so excited I did not even realize where we are going, until we came back to Slovenia actually!
I feel like home pretty much everywhere in former Yugoslavian countries. I speak just enough of the language and I tend to get in the mix pretty fast. And it is super easy, while all of our former “brothers” are open, warm and pure! I really dig that kind of vibes and they make sure they enhance your experience of the places you visit.
We also had the best crew ever. Maček finally shined at his best and showed that he is hands down most versatile Slovenian rider… probably ever. Pristo was true coach, helping the young guys and still pushing it, although he has a nasty shoulder injury. Domen got shitload of shots in three days, which is big respect, for someone who did not get a chance to ride the whole season, like some of us. Katja and Domen, as the photographers, are like jing and jang and that really flies. We got all the aspects of the trip covered, which is important for our project. Matej Gostinčar was also with us, so my work was made a lot less stressful, because I can really trust him to get the job done properly and focus on other stuff. And last but not least, young guns, Mičo and Žiga, were surely the best pick for this trip. They ride everything, they are hard working and they do not back down until things are finished. What else would you want?!
It was the best trip for Untouched, not that others sucked, but this one wins with the crew, the vibes, the exotica of the place and the bag of footage we are now sitting on… stoked and relieved at the same time, haha!
I wanted to go back to Soelden with Untouched sometime in this season, as we had pretty successful shoot there last year. The mountains there have a lot of potential, but we could not go all out, while there was shitloads of sharks underneath.
This time we scored even better. New snow on Soelden and a promising Hochoetz resort were the bomb. It was a freeride mission basically, with our most experienced team member, Matevž Maček, and young skier, Andraž Šparovec.
We really pushed it from dusk till dawn each day, husling to get tickets, hiking woods and lines, late for the last lift everyday and then still filming scenics until sun went down.
It was hard core four days, but it payed off, like always when you put so much effort in it. More about the trip on Untouched blog…
Finally everything got good for backcountry filming, the base is set and there is enough fresh above, so the Untouched crew went filming to Austria.
Maček, Pristo, Katja and me went to Planai&Hochwurzen and we took some friends with us as well. One “seasoned pro”, Tadej Valentan and one “powder rookie”, Žiga Rakovec, haha.
We had Domen joining us the second day and Dejan Hodžič and Luka Podlogar were also in the area with filmer Matej Gostinčar, so we split in two groups and tried to get the best of it.
For two days we have been mostly in the woods of Hochwurzen, filming cliff drops, while the other part of the group went to Flachauwinkel and got some kicker shoots!
Today few guys went home, few went to Italy with Elan, but Maček, Tadej, Žiga and me prolonged our stay in the area and built first kicker of the season. It is on! Check back for more in next days…
Mt. Vogel is our home resort and I have been waiting to go up there since I came from Portugal. It is a place where you are surrounded by your friends and proper mountains and thats all I ask for the winter.
On Friday they opened the snowpark, the sun was up and everybody was there. We hit the kicker, filmed a little and just hanged out together. Bangin’ first day!
Enjoy the clip and merry Christmas to all!