Brad dropping in
Those of you who live to ski in Washington state know that we’re home to the deepest snow and some of the longest seasons in the lower 48. So it should come as no surprise that many of the nation’s best skiers call WA their home. Among them is a real extreme skiing icon: “Rad” Brad Vancour. Originally from Quebec, he grew up skiing with World Cup freestyle stars Lloyd Langlois and Jean-Marc Rozon. (Langlois, a 2x Olympic bronze medalist, has won more World Cup ski titles  and more World Cup metals  than any other aerials skier. Rozon won the first gold at the Olympics for aerials.) Brad went on to become the Eastern U.S. moguls champ before appearing in 10 Warren Miller films and 17 sequences, sharing the screen with such legends as Scot Schmidt and Washington’s Mike Hattrup. But of all his contemporaries, Glen Plake included, none were doing the flips off cliffs that Brad became known for. Brad was the one of the first (if not the first) to incorporate aerial flips off cliffs on camera back then. Nowadays, Rad Brad is back skiing every free moment he gets and, you may not know it, but he’s an Alpental regular. This season he got rid of the 205cm old school, straight skis he sped down Alpental with last season – he’s now on mid-FAT Salomons (finally caved when Glen Plake suggested bigger boards during our day at Alpental in the video below). However, he’s not sold on them – he says he might “have to go skinny again No joke… Or maybe I just need to find real light powder…” Or another pair of skis? Well, later this week, Rad Brad’s going with the Snow Troopers to check out new gear at the Snow Sports Industry (SIA) Snow Show in Denver and Winter Park. Check back as we bring you his thoughts on next season’s gear. We’ll be sure to drop in on his past sponsors too: Salomon (sponsored Brad throughout his ski career) and North Face and Scott USA -Brad was their first sponsored Canadian skier. Below are some of the covers and media we dug up on Brad. Rad!