MICA HELI / Written by Izzy Lynch
From honoring one of Mica's 10 year returning guests to having three female snowboarding stars take over the lodge for four days, the month of March has a busy one at Mica Heliskiing!
"We had seen so many breathtaking pictures of that place over the years, and Leanne always had Mica as a dream destination. Once we arrived, it was even better than we had imagined! It went so much further beyond our expectations. We have been manifesting other opportunities to get back!" said Marie-France Roy shortly after their January shoot.
Low and behold, two months later a friend they had made while filming at Mica called them up and offered a few last minute spots that had come available on a tour he had booked in March.
"This is a dream" said Leanne as the girls returned to the lodge with another one of their best friends and fellow riders Annie Boulanger.
The March trip delivered with great stability and fresh snow. Dressed to the nines in retro outfits, the ladies inspired the guest audience by shredding each run with amazing style. (And slashing as many skiers as the could along the way).
To find out more about their project and what they thought of the Mica Experience, I caught up with Marie and Leanne. Riding high after the great success of her recent film The Little Things and a number of accolades in the snowsports industry including three Transworld Snow Awards; Women's Video Part Of the Year, Women's Rider Of the Year and the Climate Activist Award, Presented by Protect Our Winters, Marie could not be more excited to be living her dream as a professional snowboarder and filming with some of her closest friends. This is the third film Leanne has produced and she is ecstatic to be joining creative forces with such a talented crew of riders. "This is a passion project, and I hope we nail it."
What inspired Full Moon Film?
Leanne: "I've always wanted to get a dream team together. The stars aligned this year and it's time to showcase a story that hopefully can inspire the next generation to get outside. It just seemed like all the women who are a part of this film wanted to do it, so here we are with an insane lineup of riders. We had a meeting at the beginning of the season and came up with the name Full Moon because we were joking that this type of crew would only ever get together on a full moon!
I'm hoping to connect the past, present, and future of women's snowboarding. We are focusing on a very specific crew of talented riders in the backcountry, and hopefully through this we can inspire more girls to join us out there!"
Who is involved with it and what can we expect to see?
MFR: "You can expect a lot of rad footage from our heroes like Tara Dakides, Barrett Christy, Victoria Jealouse, Natasza Zurek...along with some present riding from Leanne, myself, Robin Van Gyn, Annie Boulanger, Helen Schettini, Jamie Anderson and more.
Leanne: "We can expect to see more of a crew dynamic/documentary approach. There won't be specific rider segments, we really just want to showcase what snowboarding is...it's not about one person. Our crew is riding together throughout the next two seasons and there's definitely an amazing camaraderie that we have. There's a general theme that will encompass the film and I hope it inspires others to get outside to do what they love.
What do you gain from riding with other women?
MFR: "I enjoy riding with these girls because we are at a point where we know each other really well now and know how to push each other while having the best time ever as friends. It's amazing.
Leanne: "My motivation comes from within, whether I'm riding with women or men, it doesn't matter. However, when I see women pushing their boundaries I am extremely inspired.
What is your riding style?
MFR: "I like to bring freestyle into a freeride environment.
Leanne: "I like to snowboard on things that aren't in it's natural state. My favorite type of riding is seeing creative features in the backcountry and then figuring out how to ride it. I prefer not to ever build cheese wedges!"
Did Mica live up to your expectations?
Leanne: "The pillows were beyond amazing, not only the terrain but the insane brand new lodge exceeded any expectations. The lodge staff was also extremely down to earth and really, really fun. It's all about the little things, and one of the coolest things about Mica was that they had the world's biggest tickle truck. We made use of that quite a few days :)"
Keep your eyes peeled for these women as they manifest their dreams and take the snowboarding world by storm with @fullmoonfilm