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Video Archives

  1. Using “Drones” to Film Ski Racing

    Here’s an excellent video of the guys over at CloudGate Ariel Cinematography showcasing their innovative approach to filming ski races: flying drones with video cameras attached. The result: a seamless, single shot overhead, alongside, and even in front of racers as they travel down the hill.

    Check out the footage as they film a practice day for the Steamboat Winter Sports Club Snowboard Race Team at Copper Mountain.

    (Thanks for sending this along, Dad.)

  2. Arapahoe Basin also making snow to kick off the 2013 season

    Snowmaking season has officially begun in Colorado. As mentioned, Loveland started blowing snow the evening of September 27, 2013 and shared some pictures.

    Arapahoe Basin did the same and Al’s Blog has some great photos showing the early days of winter.

    The Arapahoe Basin team also posted video of snowfall happening the evening of September 27th:

    The race to open in Colorado typically results in one of these two mountains opening one top-to-bottom run to the public in mid October. Stay tuned…

    (Photo and Video Credit: Arapahoe Basin)

  3. Sweetgrass trailer for VALHALLA, film premiere in Denver

    Sweetgrass Productions has released a new trailer for their soon-to-premiere film: VALHALLA. And boy, there are a lot of beards in this one!

    The world premiere will be September 13th in Denver at the Paramount Theatre with tickets starting at $19.50. The film tour will continue around the country and the world through the season.

    As expected, there are a few dates throughout Colorado:

    • September 17 in Fort Collins at the New Belgium Brewery
    • September 19 in Colorado Springs at Armstrong Hall
    • September 26 in Boulder at the Boulder Theater
    • Crested Butte will have a showing at the Center for the Arts
    • Telluride will have a showing
    • Durango will have a showing at the Smiley Theatre

    Learn more and get the latest tour and ticket information at sweetgrass-productions.com.

  4. Way of Life film from Teton Gravity Research coming to Colorado

    Teton Gravity Research has released a trailer for their latest film: Way of Life.

    Shot in early 2013 almost everywhere except Colorado (oh well!) it looks great. The film tour will be heading around the country starting in late September and will have a number of screenings around the state:

    • Steamboat on 10/4/2013 at the Sheraton Ballroom
    • Vail on 10/8/2013 at the Vail Mountain School
    • Ft Collins on 10/9/2013 at Lory Student Center
    • Denver on 10/10/2013 at the Oriental Theatre
    • Boulder on 10/11/2013 at the Boulder Theatre
    • Durango on 10/17/2013 at Animas City Theatre
    • Parker on 11/23/2013 at The Wildlife Experience

    Learn more at tetongravity.com

  5. Elyse Saugstad: only female participant in Teton Gravity’s Co-Lab (interview) →

    Teton Gravity Research’s Co-Lab video contest, where the next generation of athletes and filmmakers compete to win $100,000 with their best season edit, features nearly 40 participants. Out of those, Elyse Saugstad is the only female big mountain skier (and currently getting quite high in the rankings).

    I had a chance to ask Elyse some questions and look into the male-dominated world of sports from her perspective:

    Who has been inspirational to you? Both athletes and overall role models in and outside of the industry?

    I generally find inspiration from other athletes when it comes to skiing, in other aspects of life I draw inspiration from a vast array of people. My list is fairly long because there are certain special qualities to each individual. That being said, a top few that immediately come to mind in regards to skiing are Rachael Burks, Jamie Burge, Ingrid Backstrom, Cody Townsend, Mark Abma, Chris Rubens, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, and Carissa Moore… seriously, give me 5 more minutes and this list exponentially grows.

    Do you think you could be (are) a role model for other skiers (men, women, boys, girls alike)? Has anyone told you that you are?

    I believe that if anyone exudes positivity they can be a role model in all facets of life. I like to think of myself as a positive person who is tenacious and with an ability to head up when obstacles are in my way. I have had a few young girls and women tell me that I am a role model for them, which is humbling beyond belief. It’s the nicest compliment anyone can give you.

    What barriers do you think women have to participating in the sport and competitions, if any? Lack of leadership or awareness? It’s sad to see other pro skiers say ‘I didn’t know girls were allowed to enter’ — do you find that happens often?

    There are plenty of barriers for women in sports and the underlying cause is that sports lie in a male dominated world. Sports are ultimately driven by the continual progression of performance, and ever since women threw their hats in the ring we’ve been playing catch up. It can be hard to gain the respect of men when we’re held to their performance standards- if even the top women are better than the average men. I believe that the more visibility women receive doing cool, inspirational things in whatever sport they are a part of the more young females will want to join and progress themselves. This is one of the reason’s why I am excited about being part of the Co-Lab contest- to hopefully demonstrate to other girls that we shouldn’t get hung up on whether or not we’re as good as the guys but rather there is no reason for us to not be included too. I couldn’t be more excited than just being a part of the competition and so far hanging in there in the voting!

    On the flip side, the great thing about skiing is it is more than a sport but rather a lifestyle that builds strong, positive communities. There are plenty of females who are a part of the ski and snowboard communities regardless of whether or not they are worried about progressing the sport. So that in itself is a great achievement and it’s just a matter of the ski industry wanting to be more inclusive of women as well as giving us more support so we have more visible role models and leaders.


    Go check out “Le Petit Ninja Skier”, a very strong ski segment, over at Teton Gravity Research’s Co-Lab and consider voting. It only takes 3 clicks to Connect to Facebook, save your name, and ‘Vote’ at the top of any entrant’s page. Thanks, Elyse!

  6. Mountain Movers shows how snow sport venues are created →

    It costs resorts hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions of dollars in materials (water, air, pipes) and time (employees, machinery) and National Geographic Channel goes behind-the-scenes with “Snow Park Technologies” to show how world-class, high-intensity snow competition courses are constructed. Be sure to watch for the episode showing the build out of the Winter X Games (in Aspen).

    Learn more about Mountain Movers at natgeotv.com