Sammy’s statement for SKIER magazine
“I’m happy to finally release YUP. We scored some epic conditions last winter, it’s always a grind working on these projects. Massive thanks to everyone involved on the project. I’m grateful to work with such a talented crew and for all the lines we scored this past winter. Special thanks to Quiksilver, Monster energy drink, black Ops Valdez & all the other sponsors involved!” Sammy Carlson
Official Press Release from Quiksilver
Sammy is an experienced backcountry skier known for constantly pushing the boundaries and
seeking the unexpected, Sammy Carlson has secured a legacy for himself on the
slopes. He spends his winters exploring the expansive, remote, and untouched
landscape of the British Columbia backcountry, testing his limits on the most technical
terrain. His newest film, “YUP,” offers a glimpse into his recent backcountry experiences
riding some of the world’s best terrain.
Sammy reminisces, “The season was full of ups and downs. It was hard to get in a rhythm this past year. At times we were dealing with a tricky snowpack and battling weather and I was also battling a few minor injuries.” Sammy’s patience was tested in the backcountry as he was challenged to use creativity in finding the best snow. The result was some of his most memorable freeriding moments, some of which occurred alongside two long time friends and experienced big mountain skiers Todd Ligare and Vinzenz Keller. The athletes tapped into unridden Alaskan terrain and scored a few unforgettable lines. To align with Sammy’s vision of a sustainable future the entire transportation of this film was carbon offset through Offset Alliance.
“My goal for this year’s film was to focus more on riding lines,” says Sammy Carlson.“This trip to AK amplified my desire to ride big lines. We gained a lot of knowledge
together as a crew and ended up scoring some epic lines. I’m excited to get back out
there and continue to push myself in the mountains.”
For the second year, Sammy Carlson chose to to team up with renowned director Blake
Vincent Kueny and his post production company Rolling Hills Post. “It’s always amazing
to see how Sammy can push his skiing, we love collaborating with him to bring it all
together,” says Blake. “The film’s cinematography is breathtaking. Danny, Ed, & Brody
really pushed the cinematography to the next level and it was so fun to edit what they
brought back.” Blake continues.
By Chris Dane German