In April 2012, TSG`s freeski lady Caja Schoepf and snowboarder Aline Bock went on a 10-days boat trip to the Lyngen Alps in northern Norway, to escape the crowded skiresorts and to find some untouched powder. Captivated by the open space, stunning landscapes, polar lights and deep blue fjords Caja and Aline decided on a trip that brought together their passions for the mountains and the sea. The Lyngen Alps are located approximately 500 km north of the polar circle set the perfect scene for an unforgettable film and photo trip.
Nothing else Matters is here! It’s fast, it’s spectacular and it’s loud!
High class cinematography in a freeski project run and managed by the four athletes TSG’s Bene Mayr, Tobi Reindl, Thomas Hlawitschka and Paddy Graham.
The result is a 30 minute action packed skifilm with an ending segment to remember forever.
Turn your speakers up, click fullscreen and lean back, because Legs Of Steel is here and they are here to stay.
Back in February our team rider Caja Schoepf traveled to India to explore country and culture and ski the Himalayan mountains in Kashmir.
The trip into the unknown started on February 9th, 2011. Caja and Lena Stoffel dared to venture into one of the most exotic and highest ski resorts in the world, the tiny mountain village Gulmarg in the north of India. Gulmarg means „field of flowers“ and is situated in the former Kashmir principality, now being claimed to belong to India, Pakistan and China alike.
While this region is famous for its vivid, untouched nature with an enormous diversity of flowers and animals in summer, it is also known for its harsh winters with a massive amount of snow and dangerous mountains. On a clear day one can see the Nanga Parbat (8.126 m) as well as the K2 (8.611 m) from the mountain station of Apharwat, a more than impressive sight!
Caja and Lena also got to experience the more well-known side of India with Yoga, Curry, lots of sun and esotericism further south in the “Venice of the East”, on romantic house boats on the Dal Lake near Srinagar. Further south the girls got to know the lively city of Delhi that never seems to sleep as well as at the Taj Mahal with its meditative atmosphere.
The project was a real challenge for Caja: „I learned a lot from being the organizer of the trip as well as an athlete, in a country where you get surprised over and over again. I will always remember the experiences made on this trip. Thanks to Felix Urbauer, I think Lena and I managed to realize our goal to take home a trailer with pictures that portray our adventure as
vividly as possible“. Mission accomplished – the result speaks for itself.
More scenes and pictures not included in the trailer can be seen in the new Aestivation movie „Lifelong“ whose premieres are taking place all over Europe right now. More info on: www.aestivation.eu
…And Nothing Else Matters The Legs of Steel crew drops the teaser to their new free ski movie coming this September.
The boys came a long way this winter, after their debut movie “The Pilot”, dedicating their whole season to an exciting new film project. The mixture between the commitment of some of Europe’s finest freeskiers and the high end cinematography of Andre Nutini is sure to turn heads once again.
Filmed with precision on some of the worlds most advanced camera systems, the young crew of friends have certainly been able to showcase their talents.
Join TSG’s Bene Mayr and his crew mates Paddy Graham, Thomas Hlawitschka, Tobi Reindl, Sven Kueenle, Fabio Studer, Max Hill and introducing Lucas and Tobi Mangold as they chase snow in the European Alps till they ski the deep powder in BC. Keep your eye’s peeled for the grand finale, when LOS assembled “the wildest of Europes finest skiers“ under their flag, to create something the world has never seen before!
The Super Camp II & The Eddie Wall Ride Invitational is over. Now it’s time to think about your summer plans. Do you miss it? Let’s face it: dry slopes and snowdomes are cool, but you like the real thing. Learn and Ride With SMK Camps from June 18th – August 14th in Les Deux Alpes, France.
TSG’s freeskier Bene Mayr landed the first forward double misty 1080 while shooting with Legs of Steel on the Kaunertaler Glacier in Austria.
“It’s a new double rotation which has never been done before. I’ve been wanting to do this trick for over a year now and never got a chance. Now that I’ve finally done it I’m really happy about it.”, explains Bene.
The new trick is being called a Trooper. Paddy Graham, Bene’s roommate and a fellow member of Legs of Steel, named it. “He came up to me and was like, ‘Oh, you just landed the Trooper,’” Bene said. “So that’s where the name comes from — I think it’s from an Iron Maiden song.”
In a misty, the skier throws a flip forward off the jump, putting their head down first. This is different from a cork, in which the skier flips backwards into the jump. The Munich-based skier said that he sees more commitment in throwing the trick against the jump rather than the other way.
Bene, who is skiing with a knee injury that has nagged him since the Red Bull Linecatcher in January, said the jump was 24 or 25 meters (about 82 feet) and was constructed as a semi-roller step down.
Benedikt Mayr and his LEGS OF STEEL buddies announce their new Project for 2011:
Legs of Steel (LOS) is a ski film crew based out of Innsbruck, Austria, who are currently filming for their 2nd movie entitled ‘Nothing Else Matters’ which is to be released exclusively online in Autumn 2011. In only 2 years LOS are leaving their unique mark on the International Freeski scene, partly thanks to their skiing skills but also because of the chemistry amongst the crew and the ‘band of brothers’ mentality that exists between them.
‘Nothing Else Matters’ follows on from their acclaimed debut offering ‘The Pilot’. It was an enticing glimpse into the skiing and 09/10 exploits of TSG skier Bene Mayr and others. LOS is partly influenced by nostalgia for older ski movies, when heavy metal music and a crash segment were almost obligatory, but the root cause is simply about having as much fun as possible. In this spirit, the new movie will see a number of other comrades joining the LOS crew. You can look forward to seeing amongst others, Sven Kueenle charging lines, Fabio Studer killing it on the jumps and young guns Tobi and Lucas Mangold making their first appearance on an international stage.
LOS now releases the first of 5 webisodes in 2011 with behind the scene footage. The first instalment takes in the backcountry of St Moritz, followed by a kicker session in Davos before heading to the Red Bull Linecatcher event in Vars.
For more information and news about the project, be sure to check out their brand new website at www.legsofsteel.eu
Caja Schoepf attended the Nine Queens Invitational last week, the No. 1 female freeski event in the world.
Read Caja’s report here:
Last week the biggest only girls invitational, called Nine Queens, was held in Serfaus/ Austria. Nico Zacek and the Schneestern Crew built for us the most amazing obstacle I’ve ever hit. It was not just a Kicker, it was a castle, let’s say “Le Chateau”. With bluebird and sun all week, nice people, great photographers, strong Queens and everything around, the atmosphere was just great.
The Queens, besides the hosting Queen Virginie Faivre, included Kaya Turski, Ashley Battersby, Sarah Burke, Eva Patscheider, Keri Hermann, Maria Bagge, Emma Dahlström, Kim Lamarre, Maude Raymond, Emilia Wint, Anna Segal, 9 years old Kelly Sildaru and myself. The level was really high and you could also see two first switch 1080s of Kaya Turski and Maria Bagge, who also won the comp on Friday.
It was definitely the best event, I’ve ever been invited to and I can’t wait to hit the castle next year again. The pictures and the film material turned out beautiful and we’ll all see a great output. With the Nine Queens Invitational 2011, a high standard in the world of women’s freeskiing was set and will show how strong also the Queens can be.
See you there next week,