Monday, May 21, 2012

An interview on

Helen Schettini- Backcountry Bound

May 12.. Last day out back!

The 8 Mile guys had a big weekend planned up at Brohm Ridge: snowboard, sled, drink, camp, and party! Ashley and I went along for the camping part. It was such a great way to end the season:)
So many people showed up!

Stadium seating.. watching the guys kill it!

... into the sunset...

Best view in town.

An attempt at getting Mikee's sled out of the backcountry. The chain case busted so the track would not turn.

It was a failed attempt, he had to wait for a better snow-pack.

A few weeks later and it's almost disappeared!

Friday, April 13, 2012

YES. Sledshred! Video
Posted On Apr 13 2012, 02:55 PM by asayer
YES. nowboards dropped another banging edit this one featuring some heavy sleding as well as riding in the Whistler backcountry.
Snowmobiling in the backcountry isn't all faceshots and hot lunches as the edit shows. Busted sleds and getting stuck occur on a regular basis, but the terrain it gets the team too is more than worth it.
Check it out. Not sure if any team is stacked with so many backcountry heavies.
"The crew sleds, gets stuck, crashes, and shreds the Whistler backcountry."

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Friday, March 30, 2012

BILLABONG Team Shoot in Alberta

I just got back from a Billabong Shoot based in Banff. We rode Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, and Fortress Cat Operation. I can't think of a more beautiful place in the world:)

 Our massive entourage! At one point there were 23 people with us... and leading the pack was the amazing Andrew Hardingham, our guide for the trip.
 Photographer and my roomie, Ashley Barker. Her thoughts on sunscreen are quantity over quality, obviously:)
 Enich actually ordered beers to the top of the mountain while we were building a jump.. haha!
 The last day we went heli-boarding at Fortress, one of the best days ever!
Last night, enjoying a few too many beers with Eero and Romain!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

... Longest Day Ever

So the forecast was looking good. It had snowed a few feet and it was now about to become sunny. What a great time to head up to the SECRET zone that the YES guys discovered a few years back. The boys even went up to blaze part of the trail a few days prior.
  I got no sleep the night before due to nerves, wake up at 4:45 am, drive to Squamish, then head out to the secret headquarters, another 45 min drive along a logging road. We unload the sleds, another 25 km til we had to start digging the trail in more... Holy hell.. we don't stop digging til 1:30, when we at last arrive at the zone.

YAY! Then, oh wait, avalanches are SO bad, JP triggers one on the smallest hill. We have to head back into the trees. Oh jeez, the snow in the trees is too low, we must go higher. Awesome! We have a good 2 hours to hang (even though we're all way too tired).. and now we have to start heading back since one hill climb needs to get dug out. Another 2 hours and we've all somehow made it up this sketchy hill. It's dark now and we still have 30 km to go. A few more sticky situations and we get back to the trucks.
   But.... Romain isn't there. He was behind me but I thought he passed me when I had to pull-over due to an engine overheat. JP, Stian, and I wait about 20 minutes. Now JP unloads his sled and goes searching. Romain was a few km's back with an empty gas tank. Bummer. Now drive back and get to the highway around 9:45. Wowee.. as I said before, .. longest day ever.

~ Digging a trail
~ Pascal on top of a tree, trying to break it so he can get his sled un-stuck

~  Mini slide... yikes!
~ The moon... and we weren't even close to being done our trek back.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Helen's Close Call

Helen Schettini drops a little cliff, and sets off a pretty nice bit of windslab, about 30 metres away. Lucky!!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Legendary Baker Banked Slalom

This is the first time I have been to Mt. Baker, and I was lucky enough to be able to race in the Baker Banked Slalom! Getting a spot in the race is next to impossible but Billabong had an extra spot. Yeeha!!

 Dom is showing me how to butter up the boards to make 'em speedy.
The course got sketchier every day but it was still so much fun. I made it to the Sunday finals but then fell both my runs... oh well.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

...not too shabby

The sun has been out but the temperature has made for unpleasant snow conditions... bummer. We made the best of it for the first few days, then we went exploring. 
 Luckily we are way above the clouds..
 Hanging out in the sun:)
Paul Watt and Clint Allen checking out some far off zones.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Billabong Welcomes Helen Schettini

Posted: Jan 25, 2012
Coming off an incredible winter, Helen Schettini has joined the Billabong team. Following her scene stealing video part in the YES movie Helen has generated a huge industry wide buzz. Her backcountry style and experience completes an already great team of riders including Jenny Jones, Anne-Flore Marxer and Jamie Anderson.

"Helen is a great addition to the team as her approach to the backcountry is unique," said David Pitschi. "She has the potential to have a great career and we are proud to welcome her to the family."

Sunday, January 22, 2012


I look like I got hit by a truck, but I'm actually feeling good. I was out filming last Thursday, and landed in my bombhole. My knee ate my face:) A few stitches and a swollen black eye...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Greg Todds Memorial NoBoard Event

(Click the title to check out a mini video of the event)

This was the first time I had the pleasure of attending this event. I did not know Greg Todds personally, but  I have heard some amazing stories of him.
 Noboarding is the funnest (yes, i said funnest) thing I've ever done. RIP Greg Todds. 

...a slight hiccup about 10 kms outside of Revelstoke. Normally not a big deal but we had the wrong size tire iron... BCAA to the rescue!
The big race. Mercedes Nicoll, Stu (the MC), Rube Goldberg, and Jibber Jen...

How cool is this?!

Yes, that is a LONG line of sleds.. and most had carried 2 people:)

Jonas Guinn mans the bar.. Ya caesar's!

Cariboo was the beer of the day.. thank you Brian for the hook up!

Lastly, the silent auction later that night. It raised over $10,000 for Greg's kids! This last box was Rube's "mystery box" that went for $400. YES.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's that time of year again... backcountry adventures!

Back at it... early mornings, cold feet, sore body, gas fumes, sleepless nights. I can't get enough!
My new ride. I'm in love:)

Phil Tifo, possibly the happiest photographer out there.

Mikee Pederson going crazy on this tree bonk..

What a great crew: riders- myself, DCP, Tadashi Fuse, Mikee Pederson
Filmers- Paul Watt, Pascal Gallant
Photographer- Phil Tifo

Monday, January 16, 2012

SBC WOMEN: FEATURES High 5ives! with Helen Schettini

Jan 13, 2012

Author: Ilissa Maiatico, Photos: Helen Schettini

Born and raised in Kamloops, BC, Helen Schettini first started snowboarding at Sun Peaks. Now residing in Whistler, she spends her days riding the backcountry. We recently caught up with Helen to find out who her shred heroes are, and to discover the perks of being on the Yes team. Here’s her High 5ives!

Best things about the backcountry

1. Being in the middle of the mountains with your friends
2. Fresh tracks all day long
3. Sledding
4. No lineups
5. The scenery
Whistler sights to see
1. Peak-2-Peak
2. Crystal Chair Hit Run
3. Sunday Nights at The Beagle with Wes MakepeaceJay Greenway and Mark Bannock
4. Whistler Backcountry
5. Dusty's
Perks to being part of the YES team
1. Being part of a rider owned company
2. Riding with legends
3. Learning from the best
4. Premiere season
5. Every time I say "YES" I think of snowboarding
Shred heroes1. Nicolas Muller
2. Kevin Sansalone
3. Annie Boulanger
4. Rube Goldberg
5. Terje Haakonsen
Dream snowboard destinations1. Japan
2. Alaska
3. Chile
4. Norway
5. Russia

Sponsors: BillabongYESVivoElectricCirca, Cariboo, The Circle 

Yes, Helen does have an awesome job

And Yes, this is Helen's sweet sled