Photo: Oli Gagnon

Last season, we kicked off our winter filming project with Vans in February. We had a unique opportunity as the Vans girls (me, Mary Rand, and Hana Beaman), to go on a few trips together to make a short film with cinematographer Jake Price. The first big storm of the winter hit Whistler just as our newly formed posse got together—perfect timing for the crew to get started on the right foot. These kinds of storms bring out my favourite conditions for riding: stormed in, snow to the valley, and usually fully shut down from the alpine due to high winds, visibility, and avy conditions. This brought us to explore the tree lines of the forestry trails and hike off them to find the goods.

I’ve spent so much time in the mountains here in the last 15 years, and it’s one of the most peaceful places to be. Bringing in Jake as the project’s director and cinematographer was a treat. He was able to look at the zones we’ve been in for years with a new creative vision. This led me, Mary, and Hana to test our skills, try new things, and explore the nooks and crannies of our old stomping grounds.

We ended up hitting some really fun pillows, rock rides, butter boxes, and hips. And between the three of us, we all had something fresh to bring to the table. It was inspiring to say the least, whether it was watching Mary send it for her first time, or watching OG Hana hit a rock ride and take it back to the X Games days. We challenged one another in different ways and all learned something from each other.

Jake has a unique perspective within our culture, and he really appreciates looking at the mountains and what we do with a creative eye. Most of his work is pure art, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this short film pans out. Lee-Anne Curren is scoring the film, so that’s super rad. Keep your eyes open for a premiere near you coming soon and check out the trailer HERE.

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