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Jess McMillan takes it all in. Photo by Mike Arzt

Words by Jess McMillan

The last three days in Iceland have been incredible. Nestled into the Skier’s Valley is Artic Heli Skiing’s home base. Peaks rise up to 4,000 vertical feet in a 360-degree view that is breathetaking.

True to its namesake (Niceland), Iceland is home to some of the most kind people I have ever met. And they have a great sense of humor. For example, we were having lunch in Olsfiorder and one of the newscasters was doing the news, on camera, in his underwear. I think he was trying to make the point that it was a nice, warm day in Iceland. Point taken.

A warm day in Iceland isn’t that warm. The average high is 55 degrees in the summer. On the flip side, it’s not as cold as I had expected. The winter temperatures average around 30 degrees.

We’ve had just a taste of the skiing so far, which definitely left us wanting more. Every direction I look there is a beautiful peak, waiting to be skied.

Most of the slopes are 35-55 degrees and average 2,000-3,000 vertical feet. Iceland may be famous for its corn skiing, but I can attest that the powder skiing is as good as it get as well.

I came to Iceland to ski, but skiing is not the only thing there is to do on the island. In the last three days I have been surfing, seen waterfalls, walked through volcanoes, stood in a light house, rode a horse, and experienced one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen in my life. We even got to see the Aurora Borealis (see below). 

And that is just touching the surface (the tip of the iceberg) of what there is to do and see in this magnificent place.

[After the jump there are some photo contributions from Sierra Quitiquit as well!]

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Last weekend we packed the Land Yacht with Spyder and Smith Optics promo items, a bunch of cases of Carlsberg, all-natural goodies from Justin’s Nut Butter, and Colby James West, and headed across the wind swept tundra of Wyoming’s I-80 corridor to Salt Lake City for the World Premiere of Warren Miller Entertainment’s latest release, ‘Flow State.’ During the two days and nights we were there, we had a chance to interact with a ton of enthusiastic skiers, Spyder fans, and partners like the U.S. Ski Team.

To help us spread the stoke, we had in attendance a sizable roster of Spyder Athletes, including Chris Davenport, Daron Rahlves, Julian Carr, Jess McMillan, Colby West, Tommy Moe, Tyler Ceccanti, and Steven Nyman. As stars of the movie, their excitement level was off the charts, which translated quite well to the multitudes of fans who converged on the Land Yacht for autographed athlete posters.

For several years now, Spyder has enjoyed an illustrious partnership with Warren Miller Entertainment – these WME films have become the canvas upon which our diverse group of athletes show their skills every fall, and this year’s film was no exception. From a last-minute, hammer-down ride to the heli pad in Nascar star Regan Smith’s stock car for Jess McMillan, to bottomless pow skiing in Japan by Tyler Ceccanti, to a hilarious lesson in Austrian language and culture by funny guy Colby West, the film shows just how talented and diverse our team is. The reach of these films is tremendous – by far the most popular ski film tour out there – and we’re stoked we can use them as a vehicle to showcase our athletes and the Spyder Brand.

The Warren Miller Tour rages on, and will be coming to a city near you, so be sure to check out their tour calendar so you don’t miss the spectacle. We’ll be in the mix for the Denver and Boulder shows, so look for the Land Yacht and come say hi.

Below you’ll find a video compilation of some of the action from the World Premiere, and after the jump you’ll find some photos.

We hope everyone’s as fired up for winter as we are – nothing like an action packed ski film to get you there!

-Your Spyder Marketing Team

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