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Winter


Insight into what drives our nomadic lifestyle. A montage result of mobile winter living simply, slopeside.

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Winter


Insight into what drives our nomadic lifestyle. A montage result of mobile winter living simply, slopeside.

This is the story of getting soaked to the bone skiing pow, sleeping in the truck bed, and waking up to do it again.

 

Films De Ski

A collection of our favorite ski flicks with our favorite people.

Chances are you’ve seen these guys; probably twenty deep, charging faster than you do, and waiting for no one. Mad Trees skis hard.
— Teton Gravity Research
 

Good vibes reel

A recap of the 1st stop of the 2015 Subaru Freeride Series at Snowbird, UT.  Men's Ski finals, on North Baldy. Congratulations to Grant Howard for win and all the athletes who came out to compete.  We had a great time blasting around the resort with everyone and sleeping in the parking lot.

La Vita Alta

With 12 beers and 2 bottles of cheap chardonnay, Mad Trees was welcomed to a ten day stay at the Buckhorn, Alta's employee housing. The timing couldn't have been better with two days of heavy snow eventually turning to a high pressure system yielding bluebird skies and settled snow. Our time spent living in the Buckhorn was an inspiring insight to the easy going lifestyle, and close camaraderie of the Alta faithful.

skiing the usa

Mad Trees had a great 13/14 season : from the fat 500" season at Jackson Hole to one of the coldest Vermont winters in 100 years, people were getting after it. Enjoy this blast of shots from the Vermont gullies, Tetons, Little Cottonwood Canyon, and Kootenays. 

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MTB


dirt worship

MTB


dirt worship

For the Dirt of It

Trail side living in its original form brought to you by those who know it best. Practicing minimalist extravagance, distinct positivity, and highly resourceful adventure planning, Mad Trees is here to push you further into the woods and out of your comfort zone into a lifestyle where boundaries and borders dissolve before creativity and resourcefulness. So get out and get it this season, and share the adventure. #FortheDirtofit

THE VERMONT DRIFT

Sanctioned vs. non-sanctioned trails

"This video has been self-censored by the Mad Trees crew at the request of the State. No joke. After the illegal trails depicted were brought to officials’ attention at the local and State level they asked that the video be removed and trails be closed and repaired." [ mtbvt.com ]

When originally published, this short caused a bit of a stir in the Vermont MTB community.  Mad Trees built a small hit on a vintage trail in one of the more popular trail networks in the state and released a video shot on location.  When the local trail builder and his crew saw the short, the familiar stress of building illegal trails on state land back in the day hit them hard and caused an internet frenzy.

MTBVT.com posted an article fueling a much needed debate of a larger problem mountain bikers across Vermont are encountering. "We used to have expert trails that could take 6 years to learn to ride with style. Now we are building expert trails that 6 year olds can ride."

While we're all for the 6 year old groms and get that you can't tear through vegetated slope sides without causing erosion, the VT trails are sure looking a little groomed for our tastes.

So we're sorry for all the skidding, and it was never our intention to inhibit future trail building endeavors, we were just trying to drift in some fresh dirt and catch a little air. Enjoy.

high octane teton pass

"Offseason" a short by Austin Hopkins

The northeast kingdom

A Dirtjumper's dream yard

The Northeast Kingdom is Vermont's epicenter of bike culture.  Local legend Knight Ide is an icon in the bike community, enabling people of all ages and backgrounds exposure to this amazing culture. This is his backyard.

Yard gamEs

The Bellingham Drift

Bellingham, Washington is a hub for all outdoor activity.  The trails are built to impress.  Weekends here are characterized by a bounty of good people, meat, and the satisfaction of muddy, tired bodies.

the i-90 corridor

Mountain Biking for seattlites

About twenty miles west of Seattle on interstate 90, the land changes from a cityscape to an understory of ferns and massive slugs.  This is where the people go to ride.  A montage of shots from the I-90 Corridor. 

Fired up on Spring Biking

eager to hit the VermonT singletrack

Pollen is in the air, along with Alexander Chay as he hits the primo trails of Stowe and Essex, VT.  Here are a few vernal shots as the crew transitions from a cold Vermont winter to bike season. 

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Life on your own Terms


Are these people even working?

A study of balance in pursuit of the outdoors and income.

Life on your own Terms


Are these people even working?

A study of balance in pursuit of the outdoors and income.

Employed equations

 

9-5  +  WEEKEND WARRIOR  =  ULTRALIGHT SETUPS  +  SAVINGS ACCOUNT 

 

Lifty  =  ski everyday  +  free pass  - work when your friends shred

 

Restaurant core  =  ski mornings  +  work nights  +  free food + customer service

 

Seasonal nomad  =  TAKE WINTERS OFF  +  BUDGET SKILLS - stability

 

chase pow  =  

 

THROWBACK  |  the roots of Mad trees

An early Mad Trees edit filmed in the Northeast Kingdom of VT by Spencer Lee. 

Founded on the streets of Burlington, VT by a thick crew of University of Vermont students, Mad Trees first premiered at the UVM Ski and Snowboard Club's Homegrown Film Festival. A spring event where all students with Tuesday/Thursday class schedules showed up to watch ski flicks and drink tall boys in the campus amphitheater.  This edit won the Best Powder Award in 2011, resulting in a free pair of goggles and an after-party on Henry Street.

Since then, Mad Trees has grown into a movement : how to balance work and play when you are driven by passion.

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