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A group of skiers spent this past winter living in a motorhome, which they affectionately refer to as the "moho." Canadians Kieran Nikula, Jarred Martin, Kaleb Weston, Jordan Innes, Parker Blackstock and lone American Sam Matchett make up the crew at Inflik Media, which is in the midst of rolling out a new film project called "Doorstep Project," which will debut on screens this coming fall. The teaser for the film dropped on Monday.
In the motorhome last winter, there was no sense in vacuuming the floor (Innes' bed) and there was more attention paid to the great deal afforded by Little Caesar's deep-dish pizza than cooking or cleaning.
"This place isn't exactly a domicile of health," Nikula says, looking around the motorhome from its temporary post in Sun Peaks Resort's parking lot. "That's for sure. There's no room to stretch. You can't exercise."
But healthy living wasn't the reason they took to the road in the first place.
"We were just hyped after skiing all that street for 'The Darkness' last year. And we were like 'We should just do that, because we suck at skiing pow, and we suck at skiing park,'" Nikula recounts on the process of bringing their next urban ski-focused film project to life.
Original sketches of the project drew inspiration from Inspired Media's Demo Tour, which took a crew of skiers, including pros Henrik Harlaut and Phil Casabon, around the Midwest to visit regional ski areas. But "Doorstep Project" slowly morphed into a street-based project as opposed to a resort-centered one, where life on the road was the constant through the project's evolution.
And so began the search for a motorhome. A friend offered his mother's motorhome for the boys to store their skis in. Nikula, Martin and Weston connected the dots at the last minute and met up with the mother, a "sweet angel" as described by Nikula, getting the show on the road.
"We roll up this one-way dirt trail, and there's this big barn that the motorhome is parked behind. We rolled around the corner and there are a couple of motorhomes. But the first one we see was like half the size," recalls Weston.
"It was the size of a mini-van with a Thule on top," Martin affirms with a laugh, recounting the fear that this was the motorhome they drove eight hours to pick up. Beside it lay an out-of-commission motorhome, and in its shadow rest their future home on wheels, a 1989 Ford motorhome.
"She runs like a dream," according to Nikula, but that's after a few repairs and a sketchy drive from Cochrane, Alberta, to Kamloops, British Columbia, on even sketchier brakes. Nonetheless, she made it.
A flurry of shooting across British Columbia in spots like Kamloops, Prince George, Revelstoke and 100 Mile House led the boys to BC's Sun Peaks Resort in late March for the inaugural Dew Tour Am Series event, where Nikula competed. After finals wrapped up, Nikula, Martin and Weston gathered around the motorhome's dinner table, also Weston's bed, dishing about their winter.
Says Nikula says of their winter, "We were so diligent about getting up, doing it, coming home so tired everyday and passing out."