How’d you like this job? Jib skiing 41 ski areas from New England to the Dakotas in about as many days.
This past week, they visited downhill areas across southern Michigan and Ohio before moving onto Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin and Minnesota on the Inspired Demo Tour. They’ll end their tour visiting two areas in South Dakota. View their appearance calendar here.
One of their stops last week was Timber Ridge, in the hills of southwestern Lower Michigan near Gobles, just northwest of Kalamazoo.
And while the boys just missed a fresh dump of lake-effect powder by only hours, they managed to wow a great freeskier audience with their tricks at Timber Ridge’s two parks, collectively called TRParks.
“We got there after a three-hour drive and were stoked when we saw the park. We could see a canon box and a big jump that looked sweet from the bottom,” said tour manager Kevin Perron. “We got to the top of the rope tow after getting geared up and set up with tickets and we were hyped and everyone was going wild already.
"We shredded for a little while, then went inside to do some poster signing and take a bunch of photos with the kids! A ton of kids came out and shredded and were really stoked, Harlaut said. "IT was super super awesome, after we had some dinner we were going to go out shred but it started to ice-rain so we decided to call it a day! I am so stoked to be back on the tour! INSPIRED TO DA WORLD," he added.
“Luke Schrab (The Ridge’s head groomer) was crushing it with mad tricks including the biggest back flips,” Perron added.
Luke is Lucas Schrab, a Wisconsin transplant with a long history of free skiing with his twin brother, Adam. Luke competed in two U.S. Open freestyle championships, finishing fourth and ninth. Adam also competed in the 2000 Winter X-Games Big Air competition, finishing 14th. Both also helped start Freeskier Magazine, and Luke became part of the Timber Ridge family when he married resort General Manager Amy, and helped pump up the resort’s two terrain parks before the show started.
Schrab said that up to 200 spectators showed up to watch the trio perform for about two hours in rain, which eventually changed to eight inches of new snow starting that night.
“It was truly a big deal to have these stars of the freestyle world here,” Schrab said
“Despite the rain we had a large following of skiers, which was awesome! Everyone was super-stoked to show what they had and were definitely inspired by us being there,” Harlaut added.