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February 11, 2013 7:09 AM   Subscribe

"Dude, we can TOTALLY ski through this abandoned building in Alaska!" [SLV]
posted by Chrysostom (27 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
That was super cool. But I'm also thinking that compared to the effort put into shoveling all that snow to make the track, to set up the cameras and lighting that you don't see, the ride was sort of the easy part. Nice work all round.
posted by three blind mice at 7:16 AM on February 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


I kind of love and am infuriated by the conceit of skate videos like this (I know it's not skating thanks) that pretend that what is happening is continuous and not many much smaller discreet actions edited to appear continuous. Though I kind of love how they have a cut where he's leaving the building and then returning with no explanation. Now where are the outtakes?
posted by Napierzaza at 7:17 AM on February 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Finally - they've released Half-Life 3!!!
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 7:18 AM on February 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


my fave part is about half way down where it says "Let's Fuck" on the wall as he goes by.
posted by spicynuts at 7:22 AM on February 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


This is sort of cool, but the fact that they obviously packed that snow in, made ramps, etc, takes most of the cool out of it. You could ski through the Mall of America if you moved enough snow in.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:27 AM on February 11, 2013


You could ski through the Mall of America if you moved enough snow in.

And it would be awesome.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:31 AM on February 11, 2013 [17 favorites]


Is this a viral for the new Luc Besson remake of the Spy Who Loved Me?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 7:32 AM on February 11, 2013


Can't look a videos at work but the bunny slope at Ragged Mountain in New Hampshire has a small building to ski through. Probably not the same but a big adventure the first time through for some folks.
posted by sammyo at 7:35 AM on February 11, 2013


You could ski through the Mall of America if you moved enough snow in.

Maybe someday you'll be able to ski in Meadowlands Xanadu American Dream Meadowlands.
posted by octothorpe at 7:38 AM on February 11, 2013


The actual skiing takes place between 0:55 and 1:55, FYI.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:40 AM on February 11, 2013


You could ski through the Mall of America if you moved enough snow in.

Maybe someday you'll be able to ski in Meadowlands Xanadu American Dream Meadowlands.

I have to admit, I wikied Mall of America to make sure it didn't already have a ski hill before I posted that comment.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:48 AM on February 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Finally, the lost bonus level from SSX!
posted by slogger at 7:55 AM on February 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


As someone just starting to ski, I have a new life goal..... to walk that naturally in ski boots! Fun video!
posted by slothhog at 8:36 AM on February 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


I liked it when he scraped the excess wax off his skis on the side of that building.
posted by chavenet at 9:07 AM on February 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is this one of those questions that are best answered with "Because it's there?"
posted by Harald74 at 9:09 AM on February 11, 2013


octothorpe: "Maybe someday you'll be able to ski in Meadowlands Xanadu American Dream Meadowlands."

Oh god. That thing.

To be fair, it's every bit as abandoned as the Buckner Building is. Ironically, it also tends to get damaged in snowstorms.
posted by schmod at 10:01 AM on February 11, 2013


Double black diamond? I'll have you know that where I'm from (Detroit) that building would be a green circle. Barely.
posted by andythebean at 10:41 AM on February 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's not my style of skiing but it's definitely creative and well worth watching. Air time is always good.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 11:05 AM on February 11, 2013


Nice. My only criticism is the name - 5FloorsOfFury? To the sound of a gentle piano melody? How about calling it SundayAfternoonButTheSkifieldWasTooFarAway? Or ParkourOnIce? Or RelaxIGotThis? :)
posted by anonymisc at 12:17 PM on February 11, 2013


Also even though he is wearing ski boots I can't help but assume he is overly self aware in his gait. Or has mud butt.
posted by Napierzaza at 1:10 PM on February 11, 2013


I dug it! Maybe we'll see more sport/urbex mash-ups. Like storm drain luge.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 1:31 PM on February 11, 2013


Previously, for those of you interested in Whittier, Alaska, where the video takes place. The building he skies through once housed the entire population of the town.
posted by clockbound at 3:30 PM on February 11, 2013


Wait a minute, wait a minute ... where'd the momentum come from to ski up that hill and back into the building through a window?
posted by Twang at 4:23 PM on February 11, 2013


As they say in Alaska, It's Shittier in Whittier.
posted by Liquidwolf at 6:47 PM on February 11, 2013


This is sort of cool, but the fact that they obviously packed that snow in, made ramps, etc, takes most of the cool out of it. You could ski through the Mall of America if you moved enough snow in.

Eh. Even "natural" ski trails tend to require grooming.
posted by dhartung at 1:23 AM on February 12, 2013


Why so glum, chum?
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:16 PM on February 12, 2013


where'd the momentum come from to ski up that hill and back into the building through a window?

Common misunderstanding. Momentum is conserved throughout the internet, not within an individual webpage. So the momentum apparently lost by "cat runs into wall" reappears in "skier accelerates up hill".
posted by disconnect at 8:04 AM on February 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


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