The power of the turn

Skiing every single day in the winter, whatever the weather and regardless of the conditions is Marcus Caston’s thing; from the first November snowfalls in his home state, Utah, all the way through to his annual Icelandic grande finale in May.

He tends not to stop there though, he packs his bags and points the skis elsewhere, summer shredding the Mt Hood glacier corn as a coach for his Party Beach Ski Camps, or heading to the renowned areas of Chile and Argentina, which luckily can also boast the best food and red wine.

Marcus Caston is definitely not your average skier, and with his unique perspective on what skiing should mean for all of us, he’s bringing a new joy and energy to the ski scene.

Speak to Marcus and it’s immediately obvious that skiing is everything. A lot of skiers may say the same, but it’s rare to see those same people with an infectious smile on their faces after a treacherous, flat light, icy mogul day in their home resort. Marcus though, well he has the same smile on his face, regardless of how choppy and cut up the previous run may have been.

This does not mean that he can’t enjoy, or even prefer, his home state’s “greatest snow on earth”, but it does mean that even the worst snow on earth will do it. His vision on everyday skiing has been captured on Return Of The Turn, which also happens to be one of the most viewed webisodes of the last year.

— When I watch a ski movie, I see people jump off cliffs to the left and right, doing super rad tricks. Maybe they’ll make a turn here and there, and even though I really see myself as a skier… I struggle to identify myself with that. The Return Of The Turn webisodes is my way to bring some focus to the skiing I do daily.

In today’s Insta-perfect world, it’s certainly going against the grain not to show an idealized version of skiing or being in the mountains, but it’s clear that people equally enjoy something they can relate to, and not only what looks perfect.

— Ninety-nine percent of the time I’m not skiing mega pillows in BC or bottomless pow in Japan. I ski daily conditions, well… daily. That’s skiing for me.

To focus on the one percent of epic conditions wouldn’t be real. It’s undoubtedly part of skiing, but the reality is that it’s always a much smaller part of what most of us do. And if you’d only want to ski epic conditions, there wouldn’t be much skiing. Skiing is more fundamental though, the beauty of the turn mixed with unique ski culture. That’s the key to having fun everywhere.

— I don’t want to wait for the right conditions to ski. I’ve always believed that if you have the fundamentals and the right mindset, everything will be fun. Likewise, if you’re only into deep pow and just want to play on your big skis around the mountain, then the chances are you’re not going to have fun on a small, icy hill. But every hill, big or small, will have its own culture and I don’t need a big mountain to have fun. Mountains change, but the turn doesn’t. It’s a lot about the turn.