NAME: JP Auclair
D.O.B: 22/08/77 Québec City
SUMMER HOME: Québec City
WINTER HOME: Zurich, Switzerland
YEARS WITH ARMADA: Since 11.01.02
My girlfriend and I just had a kid in May, so I spent most of the winter getting ready and moving all our stuff from Europe to North America. It was hard fitting trips in-between that.
The hut trip to Snowy Mountain Lodge was a great trip. Conditions were not ideal because we hit a dry spot when we went. All the snow was old and crusty feeling. It was all touring access and super good, vacation feeling ski trip. Sometimes if you go on a big mountain trip or urban trip, it’s pretty energy intense and full on. You’re still in modern society with cell phones and computers. On a hut trip, you’re fully disconnected and spend all your time scouting lines, reading books, getting back home super early. Days are shorter, you get home at a reasonable hour and there’s a lot of quiet and peaceful time for the mind.
I like to fully discover new cultures and meet people from different locations. Seeing their approach on skiing is really fulfilling. With the pace of life, it’s awesome to do those trips where you unplug. I did the Haute Route last year that was in the Poor Boyz movie and this year I did the Snowy Mountain Lodge trip. You come back from those fully rejuvenated. Right now, at this stage of my life, I prefer the backcountry trips. It’s nice to fully unplug.
You can’t manage a ski career without doing emails. I do feel like I’m spending too much time at the computer. I’ve been analyzing how much time I spend doing what. I like stats and data, analyzing that stuff. It seems overdone, but it’s nice to see how you spend your day.
Make lists for everything. I love lists. I guess they could be translated as goals. I have lists of everything I want to do. Compelling ideas for segments, or anything else.
About 3 or 4 years ago in Chamonix, I met Andreas Fransson. We didn’t know each other personally, just knew of each other through the ski industry. He was excited to share all his knowledge and his approach to skiing he was doing in Chamonix. He had lots to teach me and I had a lot to learn from skiing with him. Every year, we try to make a bit of time to ski together, but it was always hard with conflicts of schedule and trips. This year, we decided to do something more official and decided to dedicate time to ski together every year.
We want ski our ultimate dream locations in the world. He’s a certified guide, so we can go anywhere. That’s his contribution to the partnership and I’m in charge of everything creative from editing to how the project will look and feel. We did our first pilot trip in Narvik, Norway this year. We went for 10 days and planned to get as many chutes as possible. The conditions were amazing. It was fully what I had dreamed about. I wanted to ski those skinny, steep chutes. We were moving quickly for filming. We ended up skiing more chutes than we could have dreamt about.
Our goal is to have a really fun project, hang out together, and make a really low key, low energy project. They won’t be so much like a diary or a journal or a travel-based thing. I think it will be a lot more abstract which will be a style that I love to edit in. Andreas is very game for that stuff. He’s interested in everything. Maybe some UP1 edits that were out of left field. I want to run a little bit more freely with the editing.
Being a Dad is so different. It changes everything. I used to just do things for the hell of it. Things like going to Alaska for a month straight to heliski. Now, I look to other places that are more accessible, less expensive, and don’t involve as much of time and commitment. It’s more of a team decision with my family than a solo, selfish pursuit. When I was younger and didn’t have a kid, I wouldn’t think much about the risks I was putting myself through. Now, I double, triple check and do my homework a lot more thoroughly. The factors that I’m not aware of, I want to make sure it’s dialed before jumping into the unknown.
It’s so cliche, but being a dad is everything, that everybody has told me. It’s the most difficult thing you’ll ever do, it’s the most awesome thing you’ll ever do. It’s hard. It takes you to your breaking point on every level. I’ve done some gnarly things in my life, I’ve pushed myself to the limit physically and mentally, I can take hard times for sure. But having a baby is a totally different level.
When I’m skiing with my Dad or doing a sport with my Dad, he seems to think it’s the best thing in the world. Doing sports, or having a partner, I’m looking forward to that. My Dad and I can go have a mountain experience together. It’s great.
I don’t really have a big plan for my career. I have little things I want to do. Sometimes, my attention shifts completely, but I never plan that stuff. People have been telling me that I’m really good at reinventing myself, and having longevity in the sport. But that was never a conscious thing for me, those things take shape on their own.
In a 16 year span, I went from park, to backcountry freestyle, to big mountain powder, to AK style, to mountaineering. It’s growing slowly from year to year interests. Right now, I’m into learning about mountains and mountaineering. I’m really happy doing that. I’m still really happy doing product development. I love field testing, taking notes, thinking of better ideas and improvements. I’m way into video editing still and this project with Andreas is really cool. It might take shape into something else.
Working with the Sherpas was really cool, but it also made me want to go back to smaller projects. Those films were super involved and massive projects and very intense. I learned a lot from it. I learned that even throughout those projects, we did some shoots that were very intense, with big crews. I also did some projects with two guys shooting from the hip and that was great too.
I want to learn doubles still, a legit double. It would be great to learn something that’s more current. I don’t think I ever took time to learn a new trick, just kept approaching features and things differently. I would like to do that one more time. It’s fun to learn a new trick.
The park shoot at Momentum was dope. It was a great excuse to ski park. If you stop doing something, it will go away slowly. It makes sense, you’re not going to be doing cork 7s when you’re 90 years old, so I think it’s inevitable. The best way to fight that if you care is to keep at it. I don’t spend much time in the park, so it’s something on my mind for sure.
I love flying through the air – trying tricks, stomping tricks. I don’t want to loose that, because it’s so enjoyable. The Whistler shoot was great for that. I wouldn’t of taken time on my own to do that.
The motions of doing a park session seems something you take for granted when you’re totally in it. That takes skill. It’s the base of the sport. You need that to move on. But if you pull away and come back, it takes skills to go through the whole session, get a feel for the speed, build on tricks. All those things that you take for granted, they’re difficult if you stop doing them.
I’m proud of the doubleback mute. That’s something I wanted to do a long time ago. Before doubles were a thing, I wanted to do double back mute. It was on my list. I was stoked. You have to set it, regroup, then stall throughout. That was super fun.
Skier’s Cup was awesome. The mood was perfect. Everyone was super happy to be there, the whole team competing was really fun. People were proud to be part of the team and there was a real camaraderie feeling. Everyone took it easy the first run. Seth showed up with full-face helmet and body armor. I hadn’t seen him like that in 5 years.
For me and Julien, there’s always been a friendly competition between he and I. They put us head to head, as captains against each other. I wasn’t able to train much this fall, but Julien was able to ski park all fall. I was getting nervous that I didn’t do that, so I decided I was just going to double back off the final jump. I’m not going to train double backs, I wouldn’t go do that in the park anyway. But when I told Julien my plan, he thought I was joking.
I thought he knew. I thought it was a given that I would throw a double back on the last air. It was dramatic because we were the last ones to go and if he won, it would have been a tie and we would have kept skiing. If I won, it would have been a victory for team North America. From the bottom, they thought I was just over rotating, then they saw me dip for the second and stomp.
Mustang trip was unbelievable. It was the lightest pow I’ve ever experienced in BC. I like BC because it’s usually heavy snow. I like the density over there. That trip was really light and it was quite enjoyable also. Full on snorkel, it was outrageous. It was cool to see Tanner charging. It was only a preview of what his winter was looking like. The level of skiing and level of motivation was an all time high. It’s cool Especially for guys that have been around a long time, been through ups and downs, changed focus in their career to competing to filming, and excelling at all these things. It was really cool experiencing it and feeling that ball of energy in person.
I would like Armada to keep its freestyle roots. It’s cool to let it evolve in ways that riders want to take the sport. There’s always going to be new guys keeping it freestyle, but as peoples’ careers morph and change, it’s cool to provide the product that those guys want. It’s been fun for me to take it in different ways. The declivity is the most traditional ski we could build, but we still put early rise on it and a few of the things we’ve learned over the years. It’s cool how one new model could improve a traditional ski. It’s cool in the design process. You can combine different approaches and styles that we’ve learned.
- 1st – Swatch Skier’s Cup
- Co-Director & Editor for ‘Into the Mind’ Sherpa’s Cinema
- Designer for top secret skis & outerwear with Armada
- Co-Director & Editor for ‘Into the Mind’ Sherpa’s Cinema
- Signed with Armada Outerwear
- Street Segment from “All I Can” Receives million of online views
- Co-director and Editor for “All I Can” with Sherpas Cinema
- Starts immersing himself in Alpinism & Mountaineering through experienced guides and skiers in Chamonix, FR.
- Avalanche Operations Level One certification through the Canadian Avalanche • Association, Ptarmigan, BC
- 2nd Place Red Bull Line Catcher, La Plagne, France
- 1st Place People’s choice, Red Bull Cold Rush, Retallack, BC
- 2nd Place Red Bull Cold Rush, Retallack, BC
- 3rd Place Red Bull Cold Rush, Red Mt., BC
- Co-founder of Alpine Initiatives
- Best Editing and Best Film: IF3′s Newschoolers awards
- Movie of the Year: Powder Magazine Video Awards
- Best Core Film: X Dance action sports film festival
- Associate Producer, Editor and Art Director for Poorboyz productions’ Reasons
- Nominated for Best Male Performance at the Powder Magazine Video Awards
- Winner for Best P.O.V. at the Powder Magazine Video Awards
- Co-Founder of ARMADA
- Nominated for skier of the year at the ESPN Action Sports and Music Awards, Los Angeles,
- Nominated for Skier of the year in at the NEA awards, Munich-Germany
- Voted best segment for video The Game
- 2nd Place, US Open, Slopestyle Vail, Colorado
- 2nd Place, Johnny Moseley Invitational, Skier-X/Big Air Combined, Breckenridge, Colorado
- Helped Salomon launch the 1080 ski
- 1st Place, King of the Hill, Half Pipe/Quarter Pipe/Skier-X Combined, Ricksgrensen
- 2nd Place, US Open, Slopestyle Vail, Colorado
- 1st Place, US Open, Big Air, Vail, Colorado
- Started to film with Poor Boyz Productions movies since 1997
Sherpa’s Cinema ‘Into the Mind’
Filming begins for Sherpas Cinema ‘Into the Mind’
‘All I Can’ – Sherpa Productions
‘The Grand Bizarre’ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘The Ordinary Skier’ – 1242 Productions
‘Revolver’ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘Everyday is a Saturday’ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘Reasons’ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘Yeah Dude’ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘Ski Porn’ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘War’ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘x = 10′ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘Session 1242′ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘Happy Dayz’ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘Storm’ – Warren Miller
‘Cold Fusion: Power of Snow – Warren Miller
‘Propaganda’ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘The Game’ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘Ski Movie’ – Matchstick Productions
‘There’s Something About McConkey” – Matchstick Productions
‘Further’ – Teton Gravity Research
’13′ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘Area 51′ – Teton Gravity Research
‘Fifty’ – Warren Miller
‘Global Storming’ – Matchstick Productions
‘Degenerates’ – Poor Boyz Productions
‘Freeriders’ – Wanner Miller
‘Sick Sense’ – Matchstick Productions