“Ski Watch” will also double as a blog that will follow the progress on a ski documentary that Jesse Hope and I will be working on throughout the winter about The Bump Club. We will periodically post clips and updates and we encourage and request feedback.
Due to that preliminary focus, most of our early coverage on “Ski Watch” will be devoted to the Telluride Freestyle Team and mogul skiing, but we do not want that to limit “Ski Watch.”
That’s where we turn to you. New media has bestowed us with a groundbreaking opportunity for interactive community journalism. We want “Ski Watch” to be a community outlet to share stories and experiences on the ski area and in the surrounding mountains. These mountains are why most of us choose to live in such a remote and magical place; this is a place for meditation, a space to appreciate and contribute ideas.
There are very cool things happening in our ski and snowboard community. My roots in The Bump Club have limited my scope of appreciation and knowledge to Telluride freestylers. These last few years, I’ve closely followed my former teammates. Jimmy Discoe made the U.S. Team two years ago, and has competed intermittently in World Cup events. This winter, he has three World Cup starts before the Vancouver Olympics to try to earn an Olympic spot. Jimmy’s older brother Joe Discoe made the U.S. Team the year after Jimmy, and will compete at NorAm (North American Cup) events this winter to earn World Cup starts for next season. His sights are set on 2014. Lindsey Cannon, Lane Stoltzner, Wade Parkinson and Zak Watkins will all be competing in NorAms throughout the winter, with hopes of earning spots on the U.S. Team. Keaton McCargo has followed the footsteps of her older sister Page, and has emerged as a young force in the Rocky Mountain division, making nationals last year at only 14 years old.
These stories warrant recognition, so it is our effort to bring them with you. We will be posting short videos and stories throughout the winter. The first of which, reports on the U.S. Selections event in Winter Park, and U.S. Olympic Trials (Gold Cup) in Steamboat, can be found above.
Help us bring other ski and snowboard stories to light. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to offer payment for any submissions, but we ask that you all take part in this community effort. If you have a story idea, or if you would like to submit an article, video or photo, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, enjoy, and keep your eyes open.