Settling In with Sam Zahner and the Newschoolers MoleSquad

We recently had a chance for quick conversation with Sam Zahner about his move to Summit County and plans for this upcoming winter:


Reflecting on last season what were the main highlights?

Last winter I did some filming with Andrew Keyser for the Beast Coast webisodes. We filmed at Mountain Creek, NJ and Big Boulder, PA for the first episode. For the second episode I just got a few urban shots around my home in Jersey, and the rest of the crew filmed at Carinthia. In the spring I entered a rail jam “King of Jib” down at Roundtop and managed to get second place, but got a pretty solid concussion and messed up my shoulder, which put me out for a couple weeks. About a month later I went out to Colorado where we filmed the last Beast Coast episode at Keystone. Going back East I thought the season was over but luckily enough I was still able to ski in early May at the Ski The East super park shoot. Was a great 5 days and I managed to stack a few shots that’ll hopefully be released in the STE series next winter.

How has your summer been?  What have you been up to?

Summer has been pretty chill, just graduated high school in June, and spent most of my summer in Jersey besides a few weekend trips down the shore or up north. I pretty much just stayed home did a lot of cliff jumping, skating and what not. Early August I finally made the move cross country and will be living in Summit County (hopefully) for years to come.

Now that you’ve made the move to Summit County, what are you doing besides skiing to keep yourself busy?
I’ve been in summit for a little over a month now. Not too much going on without skiing, but I’m taking a few classes at CMC. I’ve also kept busy with a lot of skating, tramping and some sketchy off roading in subarus.
Sam Zahner Skating
Sam Zahner Subaru Off Roading
How has the move from New Jersey to Summit County, Colorado been? 
Definitely some differences out here vs. back home. Everything’s a little slower, people seem to be friendlier and more laid-back. Jerseys just about the opposite, haha. My overall life hasn’t changed too much yet, but hopefully that’ll change this winter!
You haven’t mentioned plans for any slopestyle skiing competitions. Is it safe to say you have your sights set on devoting yourself mainly to filming rather than competing?
Yeah, competing definitely isn’t my main focus this season. Although I am planning to enter war of rails because the set up is always insane and just looks like a sick comp. I really like how it is pretty much a rail jam taken to the next level. Also I’ve never been to Cali, so that should be a good trip.
With the Beast Coast series coming to an end, what are your filming plans for the upcoming winter?
This winter I am just hoping to ski as much as possible. Me and my crew the “molesquad” are planning to release frequent webisodes this winter. I am also hoping to direct most of my effort toward filming and hitting street spots this winter.
Can you explain the draw for you to bring your freestyle skiing to the streets?
There are just so many more options and interesting features to hit while street skiing. Myself being an east coast rail skier for most of my life, its a natural progression for me to ski in the streets. In past years, lack of snow and not always having a crew of kids down to hit urban prevented me from skiing in the streets a lot. I’m hoping now living in summit with 4 other skiers I won’t have these same problems. As far as trips go I don’t have any planned yet besides a couple home to NJ.
Plenty of Newschoolers have probably heard the name “molesquad” by now.  Can you tell us more about the molesquad?
The molesquad is just our crew, consisting of me, Rob Bittner, Mike Cappola and Alex Keimel. Currently we’ve all been living in Silverthorne, Colorado for the past couple months. As far as the filming/ editing goes, we will all be behind the camera with mostly myself and Bittner covering the editing, but obviously everyone will have a strong input during the editing process. What’s unique about the molesquad is the diversity of style and techniques of our skiing. We definitely feed off of each other’s skiing which makes the entire ski filming process much more successful. This winter were planning to release weekly episodes through Newschoolers. Were hoping to get things coordinated with Newschoolers moderators to possibly get a channel and episode countdowns.
Keep your eye out for the molesquad this winter.

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  • Jake wilberg

    What kind of skis is he using and where i can find them?

    • Sam is using prototypes that we were testing last winter.

  • Jake wilberg

    but where i can get them?

  • Jake wilberg

    Where i can find them and where i can get them?