During this mornings' coffee clickbait of a monster road gap huck I got sidetracked down a rabbit hole of Tate's story. I remember seeing it on social media but didn't get the whole story, sad to hear of someone so young passing.
We really do have to live for the moment and count our blessings.
That kid is on track to becoming one of if not the best freeskiers in the world.
In all honesty I’d be stressed to be his parents.
LOL . . . that make you sound a lot older than you are. ;-)
In a TGR clip from the movie, 11yo Kai says something like thinking about "how far can I push it so that my mom won't be scared."
Good intro for folks like me who don't follow big mountain free skiing:
I'm not so young these days! I'm 44 now. I know his Mom, I'd party with her back in the day. I wonder how she feels about it, it's that families culture so I'm not surprised but that shit is seriously dangerous. And for the record I'm not judging in any way, it's just interesting.
Kai and the TGR film crew are at Smart Bastard, a classic and notoriously bold line outside the gates of Jackson Hole that requires skiing above an exposed cliff, then launching a mandatory 35-foot air into an apron of snow.
35 footer? Ha! Maybe that season where they had a record breaking deep base when they filmed that. I’ve hit it really early on a lean year and it was more like 60.
That’s me hitting the air in the middle of the 02 season which was a 500+ inch year. There was only like 8 of new on a fairly set up base so I bounced. Looks like 40ish in that clip. It’s a lot bigger with a 50 or 60 inch base.