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2012-02-10 at 14:06

Street skiing

By Jodi Lundmark,
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Every day as Van Bailey drives home from school along Dufferin Street, he wishes he was travelling down the hill with a pair of skis strapped to his feet.

“I’d be scoping out that line, wishing I was skiing,” said the 19-year-old Thunder Bay native.

Bailey, along with his friend Kevin Marier, finally realized that dream earlier this week when they tried their first bout of midnight street skiing, a feat that as of Friday afternoon had around 2,500 views on YouTube.

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The idea for the video came from the ski film All I Can, which was featured at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

A segment of the film has Canadian freestyle skier JP Auclair skiing the streets of Trail, BC to the musical styling of LCD Soundsystem.

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“We figured we could probably do this in Thunder Bay. So we went out one night, started at 11 p.m. and ended at 4 a.m. and started shooting skiing in the streets,” said Bailey.  “We built some jumps over people’s driveways and had some fun with it.”

The video is shot mostly on Dufferin, Ambrose and Waverley Streets. During the shoot, they only encountered one disgruntled neighbour.

“It smoothed out and was fine,” said Bailey. “We went back and got the shot later.”

“We didn’t want to do it during the day because we knew people would probably be a bit grumpy about us jumping over their driveways and cars,” he added.

The night was just fun on the slopes, but also involved a lot of work, particularly shoveling. A few extra friends even came out to help with the digging.

The plan had been in the works for a few weeks. The night’s driver Daniel Fiorito said they were waiting for a night when everyone was available and when there was fresh snow.

Fiorito’s brother Nik did the camerawork that night; Fiorito added making videos is something the group of friends has always been doing.

“We’ve always been making videos and we’ve always been doing extreme sports. We’ve taken biking videos, skiing videos, snowboarding videos,” he said.

As for the attention they’ve received from the video, it all came as a surprise.

“We weren’t expecting it to blow up this much,” said Fiorito. “It’s just a good video that hit a heartstring with Thunder Bay that’s done locally on our streets.”


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DougMyers says:
While I am sure a number of people will have complaints about this video and the kids, I think it is fabulous!

There are much worse things they could have be doing with their time.

I would hope that they had look out at the road crossings and it appears in the video that they cleaned up after themselves.

Looked like a lot of fun, helmets on for safety and a great production on the video. Congrats to the entire crew!!
2/10/2012 2:37:52 PM
anon says:
Well, we left one jump to leave our mark, but it's long melted through that warm spell.

A big thanks to ilophoto for the great filming and production, it turned out great guys!
2/10/2012 3:15:57 PM
gone for good says:
This was beyond cool. Great job.
Hope it goes viral.
2/10/2012 3:01:44 PM
TBDR says:
I think this is awesome!
2/10/2012 3:11:04 PM
excellent says:
to the young men that did a great job on this video.......kudo's!!!! well done, thunder bay needs to see more of our young people do kewl things!!!.....congrat's!!! enjoyed the video!!
2/10/2012 4:21:19 PM
chezhank says:
Young people making their own fun...excellent!
2/10/2012 4:34:07 PM
spooner19 says:
Good to see kids doing something fun and productive rather than getting into trouble. Good for you guys.
2/10/2012 4:40:29 PM
Random says:
That was fantastic.
2/10/2012 6:37:17 PM
yer joking says:
Just Fun, Super, Way to go!!! If I was a couple of years younger and not such an old Fuddy Duddy I'd love to join you. Follow your dreams!
2/10/2012 7:03:16 PM
realistic1 says:
I'm an old fogey...but I still think what you guys did was verry coool !!

Be safe.
2/10/2012 7:50:22 PM
tbayjibber says:
Meh skiing was only average I only saw one stomped trick the whole video...
2/10/2012 8:31:41 PM
anonymous99 says:
great work by ilophoto!
2/10/2012 8:53:27 PM
wayne says:
awesome video! and it was done at a time when pedestrian and vehicular traffic was at a low. safe, fun, and obviously the stars of the video are excellent skiers and athletes! i think only one resident complained, not sure what the complaint was about.
2/10/2012 11:18:31 PM
jest4fun says:
Great video. I hope we don't see NO SKIING signs now, like the NO SKATEBOARDING signs.
2/11/2012 12:25:54 PM
cariboukid says:
Oh to be young again...

Great job guys!
2/11/2012 12:42:42 PM
spooner19 says:
tbayjibber says:
Meh skiing was only average I only saw one stomped trick the whole video...

Well after you finish "grammar" school maybe you can make a video and show us your tricks?
2/11/2012 1:30:10 PM
yer joking says:
There may have been Rock And Roll Music involved. I hear those Freestylers are prety wild and carazy guys
2/11/2012 3:21:27 PM
chron says:
damn i remember when i lived in thunder bay i was out snowboarding and skateboarding in the streets and i was always chased away by police and others. i guess skiing is diffrent.
2/12/2012 2:00:29 PM
Dante says:
Very well done. I wish I would have had your high end camera and video editing skills for this video I shot last year in the Chicago Blizzard.

2/13/2012 6:10:09 PM
pthivier says:
These videos are a waste of tax dollars! Why are Commisso and Hobbs spending our money making videos of themselves skiing in the middle of the night when this city has real problems...what? the city wasn't involved? But what are the complainers on this site going to possibly rip on? Hey TBNewswatch, please stop reporting interesting stories about positive things going on in town. You're confusing the people commenting.
2/17/2012 12:44:19 PM
Basher says:
Seems like an updated version of tobagganing in Mariday Park that my dad told me about from when he was a kid. Good on you boys! I especially liked the part at the end where it showed you shoveling the stairs off after it was all done.
2/17/2012 1:03:04 PM
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