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Where Did Community Go?

I'm so thankful to live in a small town like Rossland rather than a large city or suburb.  In Rossland, it's not uncommon to stop on the street and have a quick conversation with someone you might not even know, whereas in larger cities I have noticed that people generally are much more focused on getting to where they need to go, as fast as possible, and without acknowledging any one's presence around them.   Ex: This story of multiple people walk past a stabbing victim as he bled to death in New York.  Of course I know that not everyone in big cities are like this, but my experience in relatively large cities (Spokane, Kelowna, Vancouver, LA) has been that many people aren't inclined to being so friendly and I just wasn't feeling any positive vibes from anyone.  When I was in Abbotsford for soccer last Fall, we would try to see how many people would say hello to us... the number wasn't very high, most people seemed to be confused and kind of creeped out.

Why do larger cities breed robots?  Are people really so absorbed in themselves that they can't acknowledge the human beings around them?  Is it really so hard to make eye contact with, smile to, and give a slight nod to people you meet on the street?  Or even a polite "Hello" or "Good morning/afternoon"?  I know that I always do when I pass someone who returns my eye contact, to me it's just proper etiquette.   

This is the photo that prompted this thought.


JOSS - Team Canada

Here's the winning video from Team Canada.  Congrats to TJ, Chug, Bone, Clarke, and Rayner.

JOSS 2010 - TEAM CANADA from Jon Olsson Video Blog on Vimeo.


So Much Snow Left in the Mountains...

I went up Granite yesterday with Marsh and Pat looking for some fun, slushy turns. We were definitely rewarded well with blue skies, sunshine, (what a day, to take a walk... name that song!)and warm weather. We only saw one other group of people up there which was pretty surprising seeing as it was a beautiful day and I know that there's still a lot of people in town eager for some skiing. I guess people have real things to do...

Marsh, just bootpacking straight up Link's... whatever.


The skin track I followed definitely took the scenic route.

Marsh, nearing the end of his epic bootpack.

Empty chairs.

Today I swam in a snow fed creek, awesome.

JOSS Team Newschoolers.

 Jon decided to let the members of the online skiing community, pick a team based on video entries.  Matt Walker, Gus Kenworthy, LJ Strenio, Kevin Steen, and Duncan Lake definitely rose to the occasion.

JOSS 2010 - TEAM NEW SCHOOLERS from Jon Olsson Video Blog on Vimeo.


Solo Spring Skiing

Lately I've been going for some walks up Granite to get some more skiing in before summer hits. Although it isn't mid-winter conditions like the first weekend after the hill closed, there is still TONS of snow left and it is nice slushy, making for some fun turns.  I haven't really done any filming or anything because the snow isn't spectactular, but yesterday I took a couple of picture on the way up, nothing special, but here they are.

JOSS - Team Norway

Andreas is a beast.

JOSS 2010- Team Norway from Jon Olsson Video Blog on Vimeo.


JOSS - Team Sweden.

Henrik Harlaut!

JOSS 2010 - Team Sweden from Jon Olsson Video Blog on Vimeo.

JOSS Edits

This year, the JOSS edits are being released one at a time everyday, and since the more views = more sponsorship $$ for next years event, I will post them all here.  Enjoy!

Team Down Under:

JOSS 2010 - Team Down Under from Jon Olsson Video Blog on Vimeo.

Team Europe:

JOSS 2010 - Team Europe from Jon Olsson Video Blog on Vimeo.


Goodbye Square Tips...

To get skin loops to fit properly over Moment's signature square tips, I had to sand the corners down a bit. It ended up working very well, and I had perfectly functioning skins for the first post-season tour of the year up Granite with Tyler.


Edit From Nathan

Here's an edit that Nathan filmed and edited from the beginning of spring break, when it looked like winter was comming to an end.

Bonjour! from Nathan Rose on Vimeo.

Daily Double @

My friend Jason Mousseau was kind enough to post my "March/April Pow Skiing Edit" on his news column "The Daily Double" at check it out!


Laps on Mt. Roberts

Yesterday, Cole and I did a couple laps on Mt. Roberts. It was some of the best skiing I have had all year! Unfortunately I kinda forgot to turn on my helmet camera a couple of times, but I still have this little vid!

2 Laps on Mt. Roberts from Jeff Amantea on Vimeo.


Avalanche Control in Russia...


So Much Fun!

Such a good day today! We received a bit more snow, which made pretty much every cliff boost fun and doable. I have a dope edit almost ready to be revealed. Keep your eyes open for it!

And here is a picture of the Dark Knight:


Richard's Frontflip Attempts

Who would go skiing in a t-shirt and two hoodies in -10 weather? The Romanian/German Richard Olariu of course! because he's "a rugby player..."

Richard Tries Frontflips... from Jeff Amantea on Vimeo.

Stupid Chute... stupid. But it looks cool.

Tease 2 from Jeff Amantea on Vimeo.


Oh My God...

Candide Kamera 2.
Rediculous, that is all I have to say.
Candide proves once again that he is untouchable.