Real Ski Backcountry class of 2015
Real Ski Backcountry 2015
Next up in our Real Series 2015 competitor announcements is Real Ski Backcountry. Not only will five of the world's best backcountry freestyle skiers vie for X Games gold this year, but the making of their contest entry video will be featured in an hourlong show on ABC's "World of X Games." In October, the videos will drop, the online Fan Favorite contest will start, and the ABC show will air. In the meantime, meet this season's contestants.
Sammy Carlson is officially the man to beat in this year's Real Ski contest. He won Real Ski gold in 2013 and 2014. In other words, no other skier besides Sammy Carlson has won Real Ski Backcountry gold. The former X Games Slopestyle gold medalist also has his own feature film coming out with Teton Gravity Research in the fall of 2015, so he's been busy filming for that this winter.
A perennial star in front of the camera, Sean Pettit has been blowing minds in ski movies since his breakout segment in Matchstick Productions' 2008 film "Claim" when he was 15 years old. Now 23, he's returning for his second chance at Real Ski gold. He took the silver medal in 2013 and had to opt out of the contest in 2014 due to an ankle injury. The Whistler-based pro, who recently launched his own film production company called Super Proof, is now fully recovered and will be one to watch in this contest.
Parker White won a bronze medal in the inaugural Real Ski Backcountry contest in 2013, and he'll return again in 2015. The regular in Level 1 Productions films is a natural in front of the camera with his own signature laid-back style. White grew up in Bromley, Vermont, and now calls Montana home.
This will be Chris Logan's first time competing in Real Ski Backcountry, but not his first X Games appearance. He competed in Slopestyle in 2011. Devin, his sister, is a standout performer in the women's Slopestyle field. Logan switched his focus from competing to filming in recent years and has appeared in movies from Level 1 Productions. He recently launched a production company with fellow Real Ski competitor Parker White.
Last year, with friend and filming partner Sean Pettit out with an injury, Canadian Joe Schuster was the sole member of Super Proof Inc. to represent in Real Ski Backcountry. This year, "The Masquerade" movie co-stars make up two-fifths of the competitor lineup and have plans to take the contest by storm.
Meet The Filmers
Real Ski videos are created out of a partnership between a skier and a filmer. It's time to give a little love to the men laboring behind the lens: Brandon Kelly (top), filming for Sean Pettit; Scotty Titterington (not pictured), filming for Sammy Carlson; Sean Logan (bottom), filming for both Parker White and Chris Logan; and Brandon "Sherpa" Kelly (not pictured), filming for Joe Schuster. "Dahrk [Chris Logan], Sean and I film together all year in the backcountry," says Parker White of he and Chris Logan's choice to use Chris' brother Sean as their shared Real Ski Backcountry filmer. "It wasn't really a question of what filmer to pick. It was more like, 'Are we doing this? A'ight. Word.'"