08-26-2015, 12:26 PM #1
Ask Me Anything: I'm Jason Levinthal
Have noticed an increasing amount of ski chatter on the boards lately, and based on the landing of the new issue of Powder and the plethora of ski movie trailers dropping this week, I thought we'd add to the stoke by bringing the one and only Jason Levinthal onto the boards to slake your thirst for ski stoke.
I'm not sure if he even needs an introduction (I fucking hope not!) but in case you've totally taken your awesome pair of reverse camber, rockered, super fun do-everything skis for granted, J Lev needs much of the credit. J founded Line Skis out of his parent's garage in 1995, basically invented ski boarding, won some X Games medals, then made the first center-mounted twin tip, brought Eric Pollard on board, held onto him while he reinvented powder skis 8 or 9 times, brought tiny Line up to one of the top-selling ski brands in the world, brought Raichles back to the world under the Full Tilt title, then left so he could start his own line, J Skis (http://jskis.com/), where he's working more or less solo, daydreaming for hours on end (a critical part of his business practices), and whipping up skis that won four different magazine awards on his second season in business while not really charging all that much for them, selling direct, offering exchange rate discounts for Canadians, and free international shipping.
Safe to say that if you enjoy skiing today, J Lev is someone you have to thank for that. Plus, he's completely outspoken, so this AMA should be really fun.
J will be stopping by this Friday, August 28th, from Noon-3 PM MST (also known as 2-5 PM EST, also known as 11-2 PM PST). Drop your questions, expect some gruff answers on Friday, and enjoy."We're in the eye of a shiticane here Julian, and Ricky's a low shit system!" - Jim Lahey
Associate Editor, TGR
08-26-2015, 12:31 PM #2
Do you pull Stumps?bF
08-26-2015, 12:37 PM #3
or jump them?
Old school hardtail or FS 29'r?
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08-26-2015, 12:37 PM #4
Question for Jason: are you a corporate spancer of the 2016 Bobby Baker Invitational at Alpental ? Free Line skis to the winner of the ski-off between digitaldeath and 4ply ?"Zee damn fat skis are ruining zee piste !" -Oscar Schevlin
"Hike up your skirt and grow a dick you fucking crybaby" -what Bunion said to Harry at the top of The Headwaters
08-26-2015, 12:42 PM #5
Would you bet Binky or Buttah at the '15 Ullrfest curb stomping?
You say you like to daydream. Would you ever consider buying a ski mountain in S. Londonderry, VT if the latest owners tire of it?DISCLAIMER: I am only a fry cook. The foregoing statements are merely observations from a fellow forum member and do NOT constitute legal advice. Do NOT rely on the foregoing observations. If you seek counsel from an attorney, engage one. If your fries are soggy, file a complaint with restaurant management.
08-26-2015, 12:45 PM #6
Why did line do so much early rise and so little rocker?
Has Seth mellowed over the years?
Are earth tones making a comeback?I need to go to Utah.
Yeah, Utah. It's wedged in between Wyoming and Nevada. You've seen pictures of it, right?
So after 15 years we have finally made it to Utah.....
Thanks BCSAR and POWMOW Ski Patrol for rescues
20, 18, 16, 18, 13, 17, 8
08-26-2015, 12:47 PM #7Registered User
- Join Date
- Jan 2014
Two gear-head questions:
- What other brands / ski designers do you find working right now who inspire you? Why?
- What elements of ski construction are most overlooked in reviews/forums/by other ski makers? Particular parts of the ski that you think are due for a revolution (even if you don't know to what...yet)?
08-26-2015, 12:50 PM #8
whats the most overhyped advance in current ski technology?
08-26-2015, 01:16 PM #9
You are on a deserted island and only have a volleyball named Wilson, a fruit-laden landscape for sustinence, a pound of well cured chronic, a knife and an unlimited supply of Bic lighters. Now, you have to smoke this bud to stay sane and prevent developing a psychosis-induced friendship with the volleyball. Which strain would you choose and, more importantly, why that strain? Please be specific.
Cattle Creek Diesel
Platinum TangerineSuccess has many fathers, while failure remains an orphan // Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after - HDT
08-26-2015, 01:35 PM #10
08-26-2015, 01:39 PM #11
Need a forward thinking employee that is cut-throat, want a bigger piece of the pie?
hire me, i do not dissapoint
i assume the operation is near a world class resortZone Controller
"He wants to be a pro, bro, not some schmuck." - Hugh Conway
"DigitalDeath would kick my ass. He has the reach of a polar bear." - Crass3000
08-26-2015, 02:08 PM #12
Do you know how to get to Chads Gap?
08-26-2015, 02:15 PM #13
08-26-2015, 02:20 PM #14
Fuck Marry Kill
hint: do not kill the lion
08-26-2015, 02:23 PM #15
Where is your favorite place to go poop?
08-26-2015, 02:33 PM #16
How has the East Coast ski scene evolved from the mid-90s til now?
Best run at Stratton?
Do you still skiboard at all? Do you snowboard much?
Could you save tele skiing? And snowboarding while you're at?"We're in the eye of a shiticane here Julian, and Ricky's a low shit system!" - Jim Lahey
Associate Editor, TGR
08-26-2015, 02:45 PM #17
08-26-2015, 02:59 PM #18DISCLAIMER: I am only a fry cook. The foregoing statements are merely observations from a fellow forum member and do NOT constitute legal advice. Do NOT rely on the foregoing observations. If you seek counsel from an attorney, engage one. If your fries are soggy, file a complaint with restaurant management.
08-26-2015, 03:09 PM #19
Wots yor favorite beer?You are the mission Bob.
08-26-2015, 03:28 PM #20
Anyway, Jason - do you get out much (or at all) on other brand's gear to get an idea of what else is out there and what they might be going for, or only your own stuff? Not necessarily a question for since you started J skis but maybe back in the LINE days. Any particular designs (not yours) that you were fond of?
08-26-2015, 04:14 PM #21
Is Tanner Hall still dead?Quando paramucho mi amore de felice carathon.
Mundo paparazzi mi amore cicce verdi parasol.
Questo abrigado tantamucho que canite carousel.
08-26-2015, 04:15 PM #22
Eric Pollard seems super creative but also passionate about his designs and vision for skiing. Did you guys ever butt heads on ski design/shaping?
Also, when you were at Line, besides Pollard what athlete was the most influential in ski design?
08-26-2015, 04:23 PM #23
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08-26-2015, 04:45 PM #25
Can you describe your relationship with Worth skis?"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning".