“This particular session
Nils Mindnich and his brother Hans are about as close as brothers can be, but they are also about as different as brothers can be. Because they have such different personalities, they have a different idea of what their snowboarding paths should be.
was going to be
This separation has them always working with different video crews, which in turn keeps them apart most of the season, and they don't have too many chances to shred together.
Both are amazing snowboarders, and when they do ride together at events, you can feel the vibe of them just feeding off of each other and progressing every second of the session. Nils and his brother are by far, in my opinion, some of the best up-and-coming pros out there. So we had to get them together.
Our plan was to have the two major video crews join forces and build a jump, so the two could snowboard together. This does not happen too often, as film crews like to keep what they hit a secret. But thanks to the brothers’ connection and both filmers being cool, it was going to happen.
“But thanks to the
The full crew included Nils Mindnich and Sage Kotsenburg from the “Pepper” crew with their filmer Jon Stark; Bode Merrill came up to help build but did not hit it, so he could help film; we also had the Absinthe film crew with Nils’s brother Hans, Alex Rodway, and filmer Shane Charlebois.
brothers’ connection and
both filmers being cool, it
was going to happen.”
We headed up to the classic Valley of the Cornices Quarter Pipe and got to work with plans of building it like a very poppy hip that we would cut into the cornice, so riders could ride out down the steep cornice landing. We had to cut in a major highway for the runway, and then use an actual giant chain to cut into the top of the vert cornice and cut off the top to make it less vert and more of a friendly landing.
The jump takes a lot of work, so it was good we had a lot of people on the scene. It took us a solid two and a half days of hardcore shoveling to get it done.
Our third day up, it was a perfect Utah spring day. Crazy blue skies, warmer temps, and a very excited crew of riders ready to get going. You can imagine how serious things are at these professional snowboarding shoots.