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Picked Apart - Helen Schettini

A typical shred season only lasts about 5 months. The time flies, and pros are on the clock as soon as the snow falls to produce video clips to highlighting the best moments from their season. Five months of “work” compressed into a few minutes of showcasing gold. This cycle of progression keeps riders outdoing themselves, setting the bar a little higher every year. Helen Schettini is a part producing veteran, she knows the drill and has battled winters’ ticking clock. Always in search of the snowboarders holy grail, the perfect part.

We caught up with her to find the background to a 2014 season that went by in a flash. 

“Progressing is what’s necessary to stay in the game. I love pushing myself so hopefully it’ll just keep going”


So, where did your season take you this season? Where did you have to travel to get all of this footage? 

I live in Whistler. And since Whistler wasn’t too snowy early in the season, I headed to Revelstoke, BC, then Japan, Jackson Hole, WY, Alpental, WA, and then the rest was filmed in and around Whistler. 

Wow, that’s some traveling. So what trip or location was the most productive for you? 

Tough to say… I guess it would be the Whistler backcountry but it was pretty even from all places.

You put together lot of great footage, what shot are you the most stoked on? 

I was happy to get more jumps in my part this last season. So the back 3 ender was probably the best one of them. (3:08) 

Nice. What about the shot that gave you the most grief, which shot was the hardest to get? 

The front 5 landing had a weird bump that gave me grief for a while. I attempted it about 10 times in one session, then waited for the snow to reset and tried it another 6 or so times until it worked out. (2:10) 

Was there a day that stuck out as a best day? 

I had a great day early April up Rutherford in the Whistler backcountry. Romain (De Marchi) had bailed so it was just me, 2 filmers, and a photographer. All the crews who were in the parking lot had raced past this one face, thinking it was too low on the mountain. I stopped, checked the snow, then did probably a good 8 big mountain style laps. That’s where most of the lines in my part were shot. It was such a fun day! (0:19) 

Any shots get away from you? Try anything that you just couldn’t get the landing gear down on? Tell me about the battle. 

Yeah, it was that same day, there was a pretty massive cliff a few hundred feet over from the lines. I checked it out and looked possible… really big, but doable. There was one visible rock in the landing but avoidable. I tried this cliff 3 or 4 times but the rock obviously was a lot larger underneath the snow line and created a weird lump in the landing. I just couldn’t ride it out. I’ll be looking at that cliff every day I head to Rutherford next year to see if it attainable.

How was that trip to Japan? Looks like you had it good there. Is there a behind the scenes story from that trip you could share? 

Japan is such an incredible place. I went there originally for an adidas shoot but since there was no snow back in North America, I joined Leanne Pelosi and Robin Van Gyn on the South Island for another two weeks. The terrain was huge and snow was fun.

What other riders did you film the most with? Guys, girls, do you have a preference who you’re riding and filming with? 

I was mostly with Romain De Marchi. We shared a filmer all year but also hung with Austin Sweetin, Bode Merrill, Dustin Craven, Robin Van Gyn and Leanne Pelosi. There’s great things with both males and females. Romain is incredible because he takes you under his wing, shows you new terrain, and helps you get the shot. 

How do you feel when you watch a full season of yours go by in just a few minutes?

It’s crazy to think that 5 months turns into 4 minutes. But it’s also a relief to see it come together and have the ‘stamp of approval’. 

You stepping up to some big jumps and road gaps. Is that the plan for progressing your riding? Do you have plans for your video parts in the future?

Definitely. Progressing is what’s necessary to stay in the game. I love pushing myself so hopefully it’ll just keep going.

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