Watch these professional athletes turn the streets of Boston into their own ski park

Mt. Vernon St. or Mt. Vernon ski slope?

A year ago, Boston was absolutely buried in snow, the result of a series of historic snowstorms. While most of us were forced to stay indoors by the mountains of white, a group of skiers decided to turn the Boston area into their own urban terrain park.

Clayton Vila and Cam Riley, two professional skiers originally from Beverly, returned to their old stomping grounds in a major way, grinding down stairwells and flying off jumps while the rest of the city shoveled out.

Some of the more audacious stunts included back-flipping over cars in Beacon Hill…

…And jumping off the roof of the MBTA parking garage at Alewife Station.


The stunts were part of the film For Lack Of Better, a documentary by extreme sports media company Teton Gravity Research about street skiing.

Even if you aren’t a big skiing fan, the shots of Vila and Riley overlooking the city from atop the Prudential Center are stunning.

According to the video’s description, Todd Jones, TGR’s co-founder and a Massachusetts local, used a gyro-stabilized system known as the GSS C520 mounted to a helicopter and a car to get the amazing footage.

“TGR just wanted to do something special for a city we hold so highly in our hearts,’’ Jones says in the video’s YouTube description. “We wanted to create something that reminded people how fun snow is, create something positive out of the biggest winter ever in Boston. Every kid remembers the best days growing up were snow days. This segment is a reminder to enjoy what life throws at you.’’

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