[Q&A] Catching up with Tim McChesney

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A staple in the freeski macrocosm for well over a decade, Tim McChesney firstly stomped onto the scene filming with 4bi9 and Level 1. Since then, McChesney has made a name for himself dominating everything from the street, to slopestyle competitors and the backcountry. While there are plenty of great skiers on this planet, there are very few who can finesse every segment of the boast with such understated vogue. In the wake of the liberate of Faction’s latest movie ROOTS, we caught up with the Utah-based skier to talk filming, a new speculation with Oyuki and what he has up his sleeve for the coming season. Keep reading for the Q& A, below.

What was your favorite cache from filming for Faction’s Root last-place season?

I simply did one outing but we had a couple eras up in Wyoming in February and we got caught in this crazy storm cycle. It only restrained snowing and snowing and snowing. I was up there with Blake Wilson and Duncan Adams and we had two or three days of some of the deepest snow we’ve ever skied and it was almost hard to film in but so recreation to ski. We had such a good time skiing actually deep snow up in Wyoming.

Were there any unique challenges to filming last season that you hadn’t knowledge before, whether it was due to COVID restrictions or avalanche maladies?

We emphatically had some creepy avalanche conditions in the beginning of the season and “when hes” out we witnessed quite a bit of torrent undertaking going on, which is pretty scary and prevented us off a lot of substance that we had in psyche but eventually those conditions settled down, we returned and got on some bigger faces.

As far as COVID exits, we often do most of our filming with Etienne Merel, who has worked with Faction for several years and is out of France but due to COVID he couldn’t come over and movie with us so we ceased up hiring some other filmers–Jasper Newton, extremely, who really helped us out massive. So that was different, we usually work with Etienne for all of our assignments but with their own borders slammed that wasn’t an option.


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Aside from your own, what was your favorite segment from ROOTS? Why?

I really liked the girls segment, they’re actually propagandizing it. They’re all so talented and Faction has such a strong girls team so it’s cool to see them get on the movie surface of things. Most of them are contender skiers, so it’s ever cool when they get to do a film segment. I too really liked the Ruka park segment as well, it was shot at night and Ruka always looks really cool.

This season has been a slow start, how do you keep yourself sane while awaiting the snow to fall?

Luckily Alta’s been open for a while. We got some snow mid-October, so I’ve gotten to do some skiing, actually, and had a good start to early season. Then it kind of slowed down. I’ve been doing some mountain biking and flowing trying to get in shape for the season and then going up and revolving sips whenever I can.

Go-to early season run at Alta?

It’s ever fun trying to get up on Main Chute early in the year. Usually we get a big October dump the past couple years so it actually fills in really well. That’s emphatically a good early season, various kinds of a classic and enjoyable one to get on early in its first year.

You recently announced your partnership with Oyuki in developing outerwear, how did this joint venture to be implemented?

I’m truly tended on the Oyuki outerwear program. They contacted out to me a couple months ago and told me they were trying to produce an outerwear argument and they wanted to bring me on. It kind of worked out perfect for me, I was looking for a different outerwear sponsor, so I was very happy to get the opportunity. We’re testing all of this year and then coming out with a full row next autumn. It’s sweet that they delivered me on as a produce tester this whole year to try to create a product that we’re both joyful with. They’re super into me sacrificing them feedback and going everything dialed before next autumn. I’m truly looking forward to it, I just got my tests a duo weeks ago and I’m exceedingly fuelled on the design so far.

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How much of a hand will you have in designing and developing Oyuki’s outerwear line?

Right now I’m exactly testing–running it through the speeds is how it does in the snow and everything. My main reason for wanting to sign with them is that they require the information received from their players and actually listen to them and make changes based on what I’m looking for in the outerwear. It’s a little smaller busines and I feel like an integrated part of the firebrand , not just an athlete, and that’s what really attracted me to it.

Why do you think Oyuki is poised to succeed in the outerwear sector of the industry?

They’re based in Japan, which gets more snow than anywhere, so you know if it’s going to work out there it’s going to work everywhere.

What are the key features you look for in ski outerwear?

As I get older and ski more in the backcountry, it’s really about being able to be out there the whole day and bide cool and comfy. That’s certainly what’s most important for me, the waterproofness, the durability–because, I signify, we’re skiing so much and you don’t miss your outerwear ripping or anything like that, you want it to hold up for a long time. Mostly for me it’s about a better quality and fit. Of route the design and colourings and everything come into play but most importantly I need durability, waterproofness and convenience for long days in the backcountry.

Do you have a favorite apres booze or snack?

I love ramen after skiing, that’s clearly my favorite. I eat route too much ramen when I’m here in Utah. There’s just something about a warm bowl of ramen that can’t be beat.

What’s playing in your headphones when you’re crushing early-season hot sips? Does the music reform when you’re filming?

I actually don’t listen to any music when I ski anymore. I used to back when I skied in the park more often but nowadays I don’t do any headphones or music while I’m skiing. In the car on the way up to the hill I listen to podcasts largely.


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A piece of advice a mentor gave you that you still live by today?

I don’t know if anyone has ever told me this, but I ever try to have fun skiing–don’t get too serious and worked up. I obviously have a problem with that sometimes but you gotta remember why everyone’s out there. Sometimes it doesn’t travel your space and I gotta try to not get too mad but you just gotta remember that we’re all out there to have fun. At the end of the day, wipe off whatever went wrong and move on to the next day and try to enjoy your time out there in the mountains.

What does your ideology ski era definitely sounds like, from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed?

Depends on where I’m at but if I’m home I’m a big fan of waking up super early on a powder day–I kind of get anxiety about it and get up too early usually[ mocks ]. I love getting up to the mountain early, get a nice parking spot–because you know everyone in Utah is trying to rush up there. But it’s hard to beat crushing laps on a pow daylight up at Alta. Definitely the first duet months of the season, it’s a great way to get your legs back underneath you. So yeah, ski pulverization all day and then hopefully come down and get a bowl of ramen somewhere.

Any set plans for this season that you’re aroused about?

Not truly, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to be doing all season. I was hoping to get over to Japan to do some outerwear testing but that’s not gazing predicting at the moment, regrettably. Everything is still kind of up in the air but I’m hoping to get stuff phoned in the next duet weeks here.

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