Here's a look at one of the biggest holiday productions we've been a part of. The production was produced by ROGUE films UK, created by CHI and Partners and Directed by MARK ZIBERT. The Argos campaign for Christmas 2015 was a monster of a production and we were over the moon to be involved. Filmed just below the Valle Nevado ski resort in Chile, South America. This production was a perfect fit for us here at CWM. We were involved from the ground up. Helping secure talent for skiing and snowboarding, consulting on terrain locations as well as getting a DOP credit for all the POV angles in the ad that we set up and filmed. Here are some behind the scenes photos and links of "JUST CAN'T WAIT" to check out. Enjoy!
We love gear. Good quality gear. Without the proper tools you can't succeed while working in the outdoors. Everything from how you get there, what you eat, where you sleep and the essentials you need to make the production a success. Here's some more products we love to use while having fun and producing commercials/ad campaigns in the outdoors.
*Note to readers.* If it's not on this page than we didn't like it. All gear is not created equal.
Dakine High Roller bag
FORSAKE Hiker boot.
Deeluxe XV splitboard boot.
Jelly Belly SPORT BEANS
Camelbak Bootlegger Water Reservoir.
BlackStrap face mask.
Dakine Crossfire glove.
Adventure Medical Kit.
Gear Aid ARC LED light and charger
Pit Viper Glasses
Lago Snowboards OPEN ROAD
ABOM heated goggles.
LUCI light by MPOWERD.
The total Eclipse of the sun of 2017 has come and gone but you can be sure it's not the last you have heard or seen of it. I'm positive that come holiday season and during major sporting events you'll see a barrage of different ad campaigns showing or involving the 2017 Eclipse in some way or another. So many people saw the Eclipse and were emotionally changed by it. Then there are the millions of people that wish they saw it around the world that will also be touched by it's visual beauty. We headed to Bend, Oregon to get a front row view of the show. We weren't on an official production job but here are some quirky things we saw. I definitely will be keeping my eyes peeled for commercials. It was too amazing not to use as an ad idea!
We’ve compiled some cool products that we love to use out in the field. You can't imagine how many different pieces of gear get used while shooting ad campaigns and commercials in the outdoors. Instead of boring you with super technical details and blah blah blah, we’ve decided to just let you know the hard facts on why we like these items. Check it out….
Electric Goggles CWP
The Electric EG3 is an awesome wide visual goggle with press seal technology. Swapping lenses is a breeze and they fit almost all helmets. This goggles also come in a smaller Womans frame size for people with smaller noses and faces. Click Here.
We put these liners into some older boot shells (pictured) and they brought them right back to life. If you’re looking for an easy economical fix to supercharge the support in your old boots then this is it. Lots of support and backed by a solid team of pros that use the product too. Click Here.
Spark Splitboard bindings.
The best splitboard bindings going. The Spark ARC is the fast way to head up hill to get downhill. Milled out baseplates make them ultra-light and won’t clog with snow. The toe lever makes transitions from ski mode to snowboard a simple task. Great straps and rachets to boot. Click Here.
Black Diamond, Dawn Patrol Backpack.
This pack was a dream to wear. Great organizing functions for all the essential backcountry gear (probe, shovel, first aid, food etc…) The ergonomical straps for your back make putting it on and off perfect. Helmet carry function? Check! We will add that the back access with full zip made this a winner. Get out early with the Dawn Patrol. Click Here.
BCA LINK radios.
Keep in touch with your friends. Communication is key. The best part about these and that they have multi channel options but more importantly you can leave the radio inside your backpack or jacket and have the key unit clipped to your jacket just like a pro. Click Here.
Beyond Coastal Sunscreen.
Don’t get burned out there. Slather your face with this long lasting super natural product. It might turn you into Casper the ghost but at least you won’t turn into a Lobster?! Click Here.
Swell Water Bottle.
Insulated and light-weight. This is a great bottle that keeps it hot and cold. Really cool graphics and designs as well. Also doubles as a great bottle for the yoga studio after a day on the mountain. Click Here.
This are super light-weight and that’s what we love about them. The tension lock system makes these poles snap into place faster than a resort tracked out on a Saturday. Head to the hills on your splitboard or go for a snowshoe in the woods to beat the crowds and get the pow! Click Here.
Yummy! Fast food for a fast life. Jam these into your pack for a day on the snow and keep your backpack light and clean. Plenty of tasty flavors too. Remember to pack out your trash. Click Here.
Black Diamond, Legend Gloves.
Something for the ladies. These gloves are legit leather and come with PrimaLoft and Gore-tex making them a perfect combo. You’ll have these for more than a few seasons. Top Quality. Click Here.
Black Diamond, Impulse Gloves.
We loved these because of the under the cuff design and fleece lining. These gloves are perfect for going up on those touring missions or at the resort. Super sticky palms make them awesome for board/ski feel when your grabbing poles or a board into the white winter. Click Here.
Dakine Plaid Shirt.
In all honesty we wore this exact shirt for almost a month straight on our last mountain mission. I don’t mean on the mountain, but once we were off the slopes it was a go to shirt. Anti stink material keeps it stylish and manageable (Polygiene Odor Control Technology). Click Here.
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape.
Let there be FREE light! We used these awesome little inflatable units while staying in a cabin that ran off a generator. They pack down super small and are waterproof as well. So many uses. Back of the car, touring, cabins, backyards and did we mention Solar power? Yes… that is cool! Click Here.
There are thousands of places to ski and snowboard on the planet. So many choices. They all hold their own special magic. Here’s a list of the places on this globe that I’ve been lucky enough to visit once, twice and even more. We've also created some sort of media at each of these locations. Feature films, ad campaigns, photos and the list goes on.....
MICA HELI, BC, Canada
This glorious place is located north of Revelstoke, BC, nestled up against the Eastern Rockies. There is no road to the lodge and it is strictly fly-in and out. Some of the steepest deepest lines I’ve ever had. Pillow stacks the size of a “Giants” pancake breakfast that will have you bouncing down snow till the end of the day.
This wild interior British Columbia operation is a renegade in my eyes, but in a good way. They ride it all here. Amazing glades and a really down to earth staff. After choking on powder all day we were treated to a fire pit and beers at days end when our steamy and stoked snowcat came back down to the lodge.
ISLAND LAKE LODGE ,BC, Canada
This place is one of the originals and I’m calling it Gangster cat-skiing. Its lodges, terrain and food are all time exceptional. Go here and ride lines you’ve seen in movies and magazines, while living the snow gangster lifestyle.
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta, Canada
Ahhhh.. the Lake! I’ve ridden here more than any other place in the world. It’s my home mountain and always will be. The steeps of Whitehorn and the perfect grooming make this place a go-to in all conditions. It’s always good! Best views in Canada.
EAGLE PASS HELI ,BC, Canada
Just outside of Revelstoke, this boutique heli operation has everything you need and they make sure you get the goods. We love this place. Filmed some amazing shots here. Must get back ASAP!
SKOKI LODGE, Alberta, Canada
Canada’s oldest backcountry lodge is tucked in behind the Lake Louise ski area. Take the time to ski out there and take in the history. The perfect winter cowboy location.
UTAH, USA (Brighton and Snowbird)
The license plate reads “Greatest Snow on Earth” It just might be. Awesome lift access and long runs with a snowpack bigger than most in North America. Brighton ski area has a ton of options with an amazing terrain park. Just over in the next canyon is Snowbird ski area. The access from the top of the Tram is world class and there’s tons of snow for everyone.
VALLE NEVADO, Chile, South America.
Fly straight down to Santiago, Chile from any where in North America in the summer and jump right into winter snowboarding and skiing. Valle Nevado ski resort is just under 2 hours from the airport. You can stay up at the resort or do day trips and explore the vibrant streets of Santiago by night.
NEVADOS de CHILLAN, Chile, South America
Deep snow and deep snow. That’s what this South American resort is all about. It will take you back to a time when the powder just doesn’t get tracked out in one day. I love this place.
RK HELI SKIING, BC, Canada
I got to snowboard here on a beautiful spring day and had some amazing turns. They fly out of the Panorama, BC ski area base. It’s easy to get to from Banff, Alberta and the Calgary airport in just a day.
ICEFALL LODGE, BC, Canada
It’s the middle of summer here in North America and people are out camping, mowing the lawn and generally sweating without even having to move. On the other side of the world in South America, winter is in full swing. That’s right, the Andean mountain range in the countries of Chile and Argentina are covered in snow right now. From June to October you can head south for snow and discover another world of winter. Everything you need in one amazing location to produce video/commercial and retail media for the coming winter in North America. Here we go from fifteen to one.....
15. You’re just completely over the heat. Say adios to the sweaty socks and head south to winter.
14. You’ve never been on a production location outside your home continent. In fact, you can’t even remember your last vacation.
13. You’ve been telling yourself for years you need of a life-changing experience and need to see what all the fuss is about in Patagonia.
12. South America has a wide variety of dishes and drinks you don’t see here in North America. It’s almost like a foodie vacation too.
11. You were injured all season and missed out on some serious powder days.
10. You own and love the clothes but have never been to the place. It’s time to visit PATAGONIA.
9. You like to party, drink wine and dance all night. Discos rock until the morning light all over South America.
8. Return to the office with a goggle tan in the summer.
7. Camping and fishing just isn’t exciting enough for you. You need some powder turns…now.
6. Araucaria trees. These beautiful trees are ancient and mystical. A really amazing part of the planet’s eco-system to see up close.
5. Everyone loves a vacation but once you add skis and snowboards it becomes an adventure.
4. The mountain-magic and awesome vibes of South America are guaranteed to blow your mind.
3. Southern Sunsets
2. Climbing a volcano, staring into the crater, and then riding down on snow was never on your bucket list because you didn’t realize it was possible.
1. Because riding powder in the summer isn’t just a dream you should experience when you’re asleep.
Chase Winter amigos....
Lots of extras go into the making of media outside and here are some of the amazing products we have used on location and still use everyday.
The high altitude of the Andes mountain range can be dangerous for your skin and lips. Packing some natural products with a high SPF is key to making sure you don’t get sidelined with lobster face on set. Product by: Beyond Coastal
When you can’t see then you can’t snowboard. It’s that easy. These wide framed goggles have amazing peripheral range and the lenses will keep your eyeballs shaded so that the high altitude sun in South America won’t fry your eyes like tuna steaks. Ultra easy interchangeable lenses as well. The frameless technology fits well with helmets too. Product by: Electric EGX
Keep all that gear organized! All those little things that just seem to get lost in your luggage need a little place of there own. Not to mention extra cases for goggles and sunglasses. The more you move around the more you need keep all your gear nice and tidy. Product by: CHUMS
Knives and tools
Every good adventurer needs a knife. You never know what you’ll need it for. Going on a mountain production shoot as well calls for all types of tools. These two tools are always with us on the job. Product by: Leatherman
It’s a powder day so don’t blow it by not having an alarm on your watch and please don't be late for work. Call time is 5am!! Product by: Electric
There is a serious plastic problem in this world. Don’t add to the problem. Amazing stainless steel design is easy to clean and comes in an insulated model as well. Some tea on the mountain while working outside is bliss in a bottle. Product by: Klean Kanteen
Working on the road isn't all room room service and poolside drinks. We are prepared for couches, futons and floors with this awesome compact and ultra cool sleeping bag. It comes complete with Burton snowboard graphics to keep you stoked while you dream about the next day on the mountain. Product by: Big Agnes
Communication is key in the mountains. While cellphones work in most places nothings beats a good radio. These awesome units are easy to use with multiple channels and easy collar clips that keep you from opening pockets to use them. Oh …and they work in the cold too. Product by: BCA Backcountry
Yes … underwear. Fresh underwear becomes one of the most amazing pieces gear in your mountain kit. Always pack extra pairs. Sorry ladies but these are for the dudes only. Male specific athletic support designed to keep you all in one place and on top of your game. Pretty stylish too. Product by: 2UNDR.
Everyone needs headphones. Music for those long bus rides, keeping up with friends during those weather days when you can’t snowboard/ski and watching movies at night. These even have built in bass boosters in the headphones if you really want to rock it out on the road. Product by: SkullCandy
One of the most important pieces of gear in the great outdoors. A good pair of shades is crucial for the mountains and styling out and keeping it cool off the mountain. I usually like to have a sporty pair for the mountain and a street style pair for the city. Product by: ELECTRIC