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Sneak Peak: En Route Sled BC

Behind Nimbus Independent’s British Columbian sled mission.

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On Monday, December 3, Nimbus Independent, a crew consisting of Eric Pollard, Andy Mahre, Chris Benchetler, and friends, will release the third…

On Monday, December 3, Nimbus Independent, a crew consisting of Eric Pollard, Andy Mahre, Chris Benchetler, and friends, will release the third installment of their webisode series En Route. The final chapter of season five, En Route Sled BC will follow the gang into the snowmobile-accessed backcountry around Whistler Blackcomb where they experienced two weeks of near-perfect conditions for filming.

Skiing enlisted the help of photographer Alex O’Brien to capture the trip for the pages of our magazine. Here are a few sneak-peak photos from the adventure, the rest of which can be found in the December issue of Skiing, on newsstands now.

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Caption: Chris  Benchetler went fat-to-flat on this jump early in the trip and ended up cracking a rib. Nice shot, though.

Photo: Alex O’Brien

Check the video here.Caption: Mahre gets glacial early in the morning while the others scout for the day’s terrain. Photo: Alex O’Brien

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Caption: Mahre gets glacial early in the morning while the others scout for the day’s terrain.

Photo: Alex O’Brien

Check the video here.Caption: Eric Pollard preps for the day. In an area with so many film crews going after virgin lines, early starts are a…

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Caption: Eric Pollard preps for the day. In an area with so many film crews going after virgin lines, early starts are a necessity.

Photo: Alex O’Brien

Check the video here.Caption: Eric Pollard on his machine. “Sledding in deep snow rivals powder skiing,” says O’Brien. “On days like this it’s hard…

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Caption: Eric Pollard on his machine. “Sledding in deep snow rivals powder skiing,” says O’Brien. “On days like this it’s hard to get the guys off the sleds to go skiing.”

Photo: Alex O’Brien

Check the video here.Caption: Chris Benchetler ends the day with a long nose butter.Photo: Alex O’Brien

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Caption: Chris Benchetler ends the day with a long nose butter.

Photo: Alex O’Brien

Check the video here.Caption: Despite the remote location, Eric Pollard had to set his alarm early to grab a shot at this spot before other film…

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Caption: Despite the remote location, Eric Pollard had to set his alarm early to grab a shot at this spot before other film crews arrived.

Photo: Alex O’Brien

Check the video here.Caption: Exhausted, Eric Pollard, Andy Mahre, and Christian Siriani coax the steeds back to the barn for the night. Photo: Alex…

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Caption: Exhausted, Eric Pollard, Andy Mahre, and Christian Siriani coax the steeds back to the barn for the night.

Photo: Alex O’Brien

Check the video here.Caption: “The rest of the crew was so tired they had already headed home,” says O’Brien. “Andy quickly got this shot and we…

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Caption: “The rest of the crew was so tired they had already headed home,” says O’Brien. “Andy quickly got this shot and we rallied to the trailhead and regrouped.”

Photo: Alex O’Brien

See more photos from this trip in the December issue of Skiing Magazine. Better yet, subscribe here.