Inverts at the End of the World
Keri Herman reflects on Latin America’s first international freestyle event
The End of the World Challenge—the FIS-sanctioned slopestyle event held at Cerro Castor in Ushuaia, Argentina earlier this month—might not strike you as anything more than another off-season competition that slope skiers used in their mission to gain points heading into Olympic qualifiers for Sochi. But on the ground in Argentina, it was a big deal. Compared to New Zealand, the other summertime ski hotspot, park skiing has a thin history in Argentina. Even though its western border runs along over 2,000 miles of the Andes Mountains, there are only nine ski resorts, a few modest parks, and not a single halfpipe to be found.
The Circus Is Back In Town
And Andy Parry is back on snow
It’s weird for a 26-year-old man to cheer while watching a web video in an airport, but that’s what I did this morning upon seeing that the chicken-wing eating, hippy-killing monster Andy Parry is back on snow after a knee injury ended his season last year. With 2012-13 winter predictions and movie reviews cramming the web, it’s good to see our friends at The Traveling Circus back in action for season five. That’s right, this show has been on the web for five years. If it was a toddler, it’d be potty trained and headed off to kindergarten. They’ve come a long way in five seasons and it’s nice that the fun is still present. Grab a juice box and enjoy. Try not to holler too loudly.
Coming Soon: Valhalla
Getting weird with Sweetgrass Productions
It’s still a year away, but, like the film Solitaire, it will undoubtedly leave audiences feeling something they don’t normally walk away with from a ski movie. In this episode, called “Two Years, Five Winters,” we see the crew prepare for the world premiere of Solitaire, (with audiences “watching your soul unfold onscreen,”) as they take the film on tour in the Sweetgrass short-bus. As Waggoner says, “the weary highway of the weird knows no boundaries.”
It’s always Sunny in Denver
What went down at the Level 1 Premiere
On Saturday, September 8th, friends, families, and athletes stood shoulder to shoulder at the City Hall Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado, to celebrate the release of Level 1’s 13th film, Sunny. om Wallisch, Tim McChesney, Parker White, Tanner Rainville, Mike Hornbeck, Pat Goodnough, Will Wesson, Wiley Miller, and Chris Logan signed posters for 2 hours + while the theatre filled up. DJ Largechild blasted music on the wheels of steel (read MacBook Pro), drinks flowed from three bars, and raffle tickets were dispensed like candy at a rural New Hampshire street parade.
Watch the “Tempting Fear” Trailer
Salomon Freeski TV's upcoming documentary about ski mountaineer Andreas Fransson
Following up their success with Josh Dueck’s story “The Freedom Chair,” last year, Switchback Entertainment and Salomon Freeski TV are putting out a documentary about Sweden-born, Chamonix-based ski mountaineer Andreas Fransson. The film, which pulls directly from Fransson’s journal and blog, addresses Fransson’s internal need to push his limits, even after a broken back and the death of his best friend.
Premiere Season is Here
Which means it's almost, almost winter
If you weren’t already frothing for winter (we heard it’s snowing in Canada. Yes.) this should get your jones going. Ski movie premiere season rolled into full effect last weekend, with two of the biggest ski movie premieres, Level 1′s Sunny and Poor Boys Productions’ We: a Collection of Individuals kicking off in Denver and Seattle, respectively.
The Trailer Park
All of this year's ski movie trailers in one place
This season’s ski trailers, all in one place.
2012 Ski Movie Soundtrack
Music from ski movies
Haven’t got around to tracking down the songs from this year’s ski movie trailers? Fear not. We’ve compiled them for you. Here’s a playlist, straight from this year’s lineup to your eardrums. Dear winter, here we come.
Echo Mountain to Become The Front Range Ski Club
Denver mom buys ski hill, plans to turn it into a race training facility
Echo Mountain, formerly Denver’s neighborhood jib hill, was sold this week and will now become The Front Range Ski Club. According to Sheldon Good & Company, who conducted the sale, the hill will operate on a membership basis and “have a heavy emphasis on after-school programs for young alpine racers looking for advanced training.”
Sweetgrass Productions “On the Road” Episode XI: “Termas”
Fighting Murphy's law at Termas de Chillan
After weeks of waiting, getting foiled by the government, and eating through their cheese supply, the Sweetgrass crew gets into basecamp near Termas de Chillan.