words: Arthur Longo
photos: Andy Wright, Darcy Bacha, Aaron Blatt, Tim Zimmerman, and Tanner Pendleton
Vans is on the verge of releasing their first-ever full-length snowboard film, LANDLINE., and while we wait for the January 2018 premiere, we are releasing exclusive content from the making of the project in print and online. For the second photo essay, we sourced lensman Andy Wright, Darcy Bacha, Aaron Blatt, Tim Zimmerman, and Tanner Pendleton, as well as Arthur Longo, Blake Paul, Sam Taxwood, and Pat Moore to give a behind the scenes look at the time filming in Revelstoke, BC. Originally published in the November issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine.
It's funny, Jake Price and I went to BC last January because the winter kicked off nicely there, but the thing is, we didn't leave until April. We got Revelstuck. It was too good to leave. After the time we had there the winter prior, we knew we had to return, and now, as I write this, I would give anything to go back.
We stayed in Revelstoke at our guide and friend Young Dave's place for something like 50 nights—hospitality I'm so grateful for—and at some point we started to feel like locals. Dave is a proper Canadian that knows everything about anything that runs on gas, with two amazing young daughters that wanted to hang with us all the time. Every day when we came home from the backcountry I had to play movies for them on my computer, and by the end of our stay, I had 10 new kids' movies in my iTunes.
Our primary method of transport was via snowmobile. We don't have those in France. I always forget how hard sledding can be, but I couldn't believe what we were able to access with those machines. I was so blown away by the snow and the terrain we were reaching; I dreamed that all my friends from back home would experience it one day.
At some point, we decided Jake was the captain. We did so much thanks to him, even though sometimes we couldn't tell whether he was on point or crazy. When he told us something was "pretty mellow" we didn't know what it meant anymore. It can be so remote up there.
I recall a specific instance when we discovered a new zone with the sleds, and Pat Moore, Jake, and I spent three insane days there without seeing one person, just hearing wolves in the forest. Another time in Whistler, ripping sled laps late in the day with Blake Paul, I will remember as one of the best sessions I've had on a snowboard.
April was good for us; we moved around Whistler, and the conditions held up. It was warmer, days were longer, and the crew felt comfortable on our boards. After that, we went on our last sled mission to Chatter Creek in Interior BC. Pat, Blake, Jamie Lynn, Sam Taxwood, and Tanner Pendleton were staying in a huge luxury RV that we had to tow a few times to get to the camp site. Jake and I were following in his truck, to which we attached the Little Big Foot, a small sketchy trailer we had rented from a dude on the way up. When I first saw that thing I thought there'd be no way we'd get it anywhere, but of course Jake proved me wrong.
That last rogue mission once again brought us to a surreal spot. The snowboarding turned out to be unbelievable, and we experienced what it means to camp like a Canadian. The year before this one I went to Revelstoke for the first time. My dream was to return one day, and I ended up spending most of my winter there. Now I want to go back to Chatter Creek. It's hard to express how much I enjoyed filming in BC these past two years. Part of its draw is, of course, the mountains, conditions, and terrain, but the people in Canada make the place—they're so friendly—especially at the Main Street Cafe in Revelstoke. They have a great eggs benedict there.
Be on the lookout for the release of LANDLINE. and check back on TransWorld for more exclusive content soon!