Our meals were just being served when Gerhard Gross, the managing editor of TranWorld SNOWboarding, finally showed up, cheeks still wet and pink from the snow that had begun to fall outside. He hadn’t snubbed us and he wasn’t indulging in the hot tub that the riders had enjoyed prior to dinner. He had just finished driving across the lake and back to deliver a rider to Northstar for other obligations.
AÂ humble smile and a handshake from Gerhard and our party was complete. The dinner conversation was stimumlating and I soaked it all in as the riders discussed the features, the videographers discussed the weather, and Gerhard gushed over the ‘dream team’ they had assembled for the Park Sessions shoot at Heavenly.
Mike Thomas, Heavenly terrain park manager, sat at the head of the table beaming at the opportunity to have riders like Eero Ettala, Mark McMorris, Craig McMorris, and Andrew Brewer slay the features he and his team had carved and tended with care, specifically for this purpose.
Though the weather hasÂ been toying with them a bit,Â TransWorldÂ videographers, Justin and Tyler, said the riders were adjusting by hitting more of the rail/box features and wereÂ still having a blast. Â Andrew Brewer cranked lofty airs off the Nike Chosen feature and Eero wowed with a 720 tap on the old water tank from behind Lakeview Lodge. Heavenly team rider, Nick “Pooch” Poohachof is rumored to be destroying the park with progressive tricks, while Joanna “PNut” Dzierzawksi has been using the momentum of a successful competitive season to push herself further than ever before.
The week-long shoot isn’t over and dinner conversation included when toÂ plan forÂ the coveted sunset shoot, with Heavenly’s signature views as the glowing backdrop. They’re hoping to show what they are made of onÂ a massive 75+ foot quarter-pipe gap jump for the shots. Tonight or Thursday isÂ the goal, so theÂ riders can partake in the crazy ‘Unbuckle’ apres ski party at the Tamarack LodgeÂ they’ve heard so much about on Friday afternoon.
The whole High Roller park will open to the public for the first time this Saturday (weather permitting)Â with about 30Â radical features. The Heavenly Terrain Park Crew will add some more features as snow allows, continuing to trick the park out from top to bottom.
I asked Gerhard where we’d be able to see the results of this week’s session and it sounds like you can’t miss it. Not only will there be a 4-5 page spread in an issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine next season, you’ll also be able to watch clips and edits of the sessions on their site, or get it all in one location as a MAG+ download for the iPad. Heavenly represent! And thank you to the entire crew from TransWorld for coming to South Lake Tahoe and Heavenly to scopeÂ and shredÂ our parks!
Powder to the People,
Megan Hammitt ~ Snow Reporter