Since the tail-end of last ski season, I’ve been working closely with professional skier Marcus Caston on a video series called “Return of the Turn”. The idea for the project was conceived by Caston, and he brought me on to help bring it to life as well as backing by Blizzard / Tecnica. The idea is that modern-day ski flicks only show the big and gnarly side of skiing: hitting big cliffs or skiing death defying spines in Alaska. Caston wanted to show that the most fundamental part of skiing – the turn – deserved some time in the spotlight as well. We have so far filmed at Snowbird (groomers), Squaw Valley (moguls), and Mount Hood (corn). We’ll be filming the final episode (powder) here in Utah as soon as the Snow Gods allow us to. Our distribution for the series has been through Freeskier Magazine and we’ve seen great engagement so far, with each episode released getting well over 100,000 views.
Even though the series would showcase high-performance modern skiing, I instantly wanted to give it a retro feel. Working closely with Marcus and motion graphic designer Carter Burwell, we started with the trailer for the series, seen here:
We shot episode one Moguls at the end of May in Squaw Valley, California. The reason we headed there was not only because the spring conditions were perfect, but also because the U.S. Mogul Team would be training there at the time. To our luck, the man himself Jonny Moseley happened to be in town as well. We linked up with Jonny and the Mogul Team guys and filmed over four days of beautiful spring slush conditions. View episode one here:
Episode two Groomers was shot also in May but at Snowbird, Utah. Perfect sunny conditions allowed us to film over five days in a mostly empty resort, which gave us all the corduroy we could handle. We filmed with World Cup slalom skier Robby Kelley and NCAA All-American racer Claire Brown. Watch episode two here:
Stay tuned for the final two episodes, Corn and Powder, releasing soon.
Here’s some photos from production.
And finally, here’s a Q&A with Caston about the series from Freeskier.com: