A week after the season ended in late April, the Northstar Park Crew were hard at work crafting two special jumps for a shoot with riders Chas Guldemond and Jeremy Thompson, photographer I.J. Valenzuela and a film crew. A laid back three-day shoot. Barbecuing, family, children and dogs. Working in the hot harsh April sun, through to the cool colours of twilight.
Glimpsed through the trees, Terrain Park staff put the finishing touches on the narrow lip of the jump with sporks.
Strapped in at the top, Jeremy Thompson contemplates the jump and mentally prepares; With freshly groomed snow and a perfect jump, Terrain Park staff now add Northstar logos.
Tools for building the park, a cat, a spork, and some Northstar logo flags.
Wooden benches in the sun in front of the big gap jump.
A preparation scene as cameramen get the cameras ready, snowboarders get their snowboards ready and Terrain Park staff wait with a snowmobile to take the riders to the top.
A Northstar logo flag against the richly coloured pine trees; Chas Guldemond on top of the jump contemplating the shoot ahead as a cameraman get some establishing shots.
Chas Guldemond and one of the cameramen discuss shots and angles.
Jeremy Thompson adjusts his Flow bindings on one of the wooden seats.
A cameraman with a harness on climbs lift tower to be amongst the tree tops and get the perfect shot.
Two young kids stop their wrestling game in the snow to watch Chas Guldemond fly over the gap jump.
Terrain Park staff work the barbecue in the sun between shot set-ups.
Relaxing in her deckchair, Drea watches her fiance Chas Guldemond perform for the cameras, flying over the gap jump with style.
Chas Guldemond is towed up the hill with a snowmobile, past the big jump.
A cameraman filming from the top of a lift tower.
With soft spring snow in the foreground, Jeremy Thompson jumps through a deep blue sky.
Trying to protect skin from the harsh April sun with a hood and face bandana.
Terrain Park staff walk towards the jump with sporks and salt to try and ease the damage of the hot sun.
With a tree in the foreground, Chas Guldemond grabs as he flies through the blue sky.
An old stereo with an ipod balanced in the snow provides tunes for the day; Beneath an empty lift line, Chas Guldemond and Jeremy Thompson are towed to the top of the jumps by snowmobile.
In front of the gap jump Jeremy Thompson sits on the snowmobile and waits for the next shot set-up.
Terrain Park Manager Chris uses a spork and the soft spring snow to build a mini jump for the kids.
Dogs, a fiance and park tools are all on site for the sunny April shoot, as Chas Guldemond highlights his Rockstar sponsor snowboard to perfection over the gap jump.
In the shadow of the big jump, one of the kids hikes the mini jump with his snowboard.
But all the focus, Drea, photographer and the dog’s, snap to Chas Guldemond when he hits the jump.
With the sun now low in the sky, after a long hot day of beating down on the snow, the wall of the gap is looking very soft.
As the sun rapidly sets, silhouetted photographer I.J. Valenzuela signals that he’s ready to get the shot and calls the riders to drop in.
The golden sun goes down between the pine trees over the jump landing, with the chairlift silhouetted; The golden light of sunset lights up the bottom of Jeremy Thompson’s snowboard as he hits the jump.
In the approaching darkness after sunset photographer I.J. Valenzuela takes another angle on the jump, crouching in the gap as Chas Guldemond flies over him.
A snowboarder is silhouetted with the pine trees against a sunset sky as he grabs and his snowboard flexes; Chairlift silhouetted against a pink and blue sunset sky.
Chas Guldemond goes shirtless for the last shot of the day off the big gap jump, now in virtual darkness.
To see more behind the scenes photos of photo shoots with pro snowboarders at Northstar-at-Tahoe go to Forum shoot w. Pat Moore & Nic Sauve: December 2010 or to see more photos of Northstar’s Terrain Park Staff prepare for events go to Terrain Park Staff prepare for the TransWorld TransAM: Northstar-at-Tahoe CA.