It was at these places (that we call these ‘dryslopes’) the Ski The Kingdom (STK) project was born. We were a group of friends who loved freestyle skiing, especially the fact that we could ski all year round at these dryslopes for not very much money and practice all our tricks ready for when we had the opportunity to go out to the mountains. Skiing in the UK gives you a very different outlook on snowsports and there’s definitely a shared mindset amongst the UK ski community that we’re all very grateful to have places to be able to go skiing and are always looking to make the most of whatever we have available.
The STK team itself is made up of an ever growing group of UK skiers who love the sport and want to achieve as much as they can. For two members in particular (Will Tucker and Sam Allen) their particular ambition is to compete on the Freeride World Tour and therefore every season they spend time away in the mountains competing at as many free ride competitions as possible. One of the main competitions they’ve set their sights on is the “Open Faces” 4* Freeride World Qualifier event held in Obergurgl, Austria. For many year’s we had wanted to film an STK project in the mountains and so it seemed the perfect opportunity to take Will, Sam (and their Whitedot Skis team-mate Ed Salisbury) out to Obergurgl for a week of freeride training, filming and preparation for future competitions.