Words: Mike Rogge
Adam Delorme is elusive. Aside from popping up in the annual Level 1 flick, heâ€™s rarely seen on the Internet, which makes this edit feel so special. From taps, nollies, and gaper dodges, I scribbled down thoughts while watching it for the first time.
Opening Shot: Ah, the Jiberish horns. As a a park skier, is there a more appealing sound in all of skiing? It triggers a Pavlovian response to keep my eyeballs glued to the computer screen. Like the ringing of a dinner bell, here comes something Iâ€™m going to love.
0:10-0:17 â€“ Delorme skis into a box but opts to hit the take off and go left. This is skiingâ€™s equivalent of the pump fake. You canâ€™t see him but thereâ€™s a guy on the chairlift that just mouthed, â€śWhat the fucâ€¦â€ť Trust me, heâ€™s there.
0:18-0:21 â€“ Aside from Adam Delorme and Phil Casabon, has there ever been a skier that demonstrates a skiâ€™s flexibility on snow better? Rhetorical questions sometimes get answers. Mine come with age demographics.
Answer if youâ€™re under 30: No.
Answer if youâ€™re over 30: Plake. Butter goes on toast.
0:22-0:38 â€“ Every trick looks effortless. If youâ€™re thinking, â€śI could do that,â€ť you know what Iâ€™m talking about and youâ€™re probably a little overconfident in your skiing abilities. Remember bud, practice smart style.
0:39-0:40 â€“ Holy crap! Am I the only one impressed that Delorme split between two skiers mid-bang!? For those keeping score, thatâ€™s a switch 7 revert to gaper gate.
0:47 â€“ POWDER readers, itâ€™s time we bury the hatchet between park and backcountry skiers and all come to a mutual agreement, something we can all agree upon. Letâ€™s start by stating the obviousâ€”everything looks better with a mule kick.
1:00 â€“ 1:02 â€“ Moguls and smiling. This is the first time Iâ€™ve seen terrain outside of the Breck and Keystone parks in an edit. Ever. The world isnâ€™t flat after all.
1:08 â€“ 1:11 â€“ Nollies are underrated in skiing partly because theyâ€™re named after a skateboard trick. Phil Casabon taught me the same trick in Switzerland last winter. Itâ€™s very fun, feels good, easy to learn, and guaranteed to look like youâ€™re having a seizure to anyone watching it go down. Unless youâ€™re A.D. or B-Dogg.
1:15 â€“ 1:17 â€“ Gaper dodge number two! Winter X committee, if youâ€™re reading this, please add scattered skiers to the slopestyle course next year. The benefits include visual appeal, difficulty to the course, and realism. Anyone thatâ€™s ripped through Mount Snowâ€™s Carinthia parks understands stomping tricks is only as cool at the number of skiers you had to ski around on the take off and landing.
1:17 â€“ 1:18 â€“ In case you forgot, this edit is brought to you by Jiberish.
1:19 â€“ 1:21 â€“ In case you forgot, this edit features a wizard named Adam Delorme.
1:26 â€“ 1:29 â€“ Bad Name For a Ski Edit: â€śSomewhere Over The Rainbow Rail.â€ť
1:35 â€“ 1:37 â€“ Another plug for Jiberish. Aside from producing clothing and ski edits, they also have rappers put skiers â€ś“>on blast.â€ť
1:44 â€“ 1:45 â€“ The future! Delormeâ€™s massive under-the-chairlift 360 on â€śnatural resort terrainâ€ť is incredible. Throwing park tricks in the park and backcountry are lame. Everyone does it. On the groomer? Now weâ€™re talking.POWDER Contributor Ryan Dunfee made a similar case for this movement earlier this year. A.D. mustâ€™ve read it. Bravo!
1:54 â€“ 1:56 â€“ Remember when one-footed rail slides werenâ€™t cool? No!? Charles Gagnierâ€™s 2005 Winter X run does. After he lifted a leg on a down rail (and Tanner Hallâ€™s attempt to four-peat in slope), the Newschoolers.com crowd threw him to the lions, which, in ski media, is Newschoolers.com. But donâ€™t worry about Mr. Gagnier. Heâ€™s still kicking plenty of metal ass in Quebec.
2:00-2:04 â€“ Say this trick out loud. Cork 3 tail tap revert. Now try that trick in any action sports video game of the last ten years. You canâ€™t do it, can you? Now rewind this video, sound the Jiberish horns and watch Adam Delormeâ€™s Walk In The Park again.