Two new ski and snowboard films showing in Aspen will fuel the winter season

ASPEN – The Aspens are turning a little later this year, but that’s not stopping Teton Gravity Research and Matchstick Productions from fanning the metaphorical fires burning internally for the upcoming ski season.

Each company is releasing its latest ski and snowboard film this week in Aspen, and each is taking a slightly different approach to that obsession most of us have when it comes to making turns, especially in the mountains. untouched depths.

Matchstick asks the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” – explore skiing through the eyes of 12-year-old freestyle phenom Walker “Shredz” Woodring, while Teton Gravity Research asks, “Is there an age limit on chasing our dreams?”

Teton Gravity Research uses a series of skits interspersed with its montage of big mountain footage to add some humor to the dilemma of aging skiers. Sage and Mac (aka Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Ian McIntosh, made up to look like old people) rely on their cane and walker to get to a cabin in Kaslo, British Columbia. There, like so many other powder lovers, they wait for the weather to come up so they can make the anticipated turns. The duo sprinkles humor on the otherwise adrenaline-pumping action of iconic skiers and snowboarders like Kai Jones, Nick McNutt, Jeremy Jones, Tim Durtschi, Bode Merrill, Parkin Costain, Michelle Parker and Amy Jane David. Lines like “You still have those stem cells?” particularly appreciated by those of us who, beyond a certain age, still dedicate our daily lives to the mountains.

Teton’s “magic hour” does not refer to a specific time of day, but rather to those magical moments we find on the mountain – and those “in some of the most beautiful and wildest places on earth. “, according to the synopsis of the film.

It opens with Jackson Hole’s Kings & Queens of Corbet’s, where Durtschi breaks his arm and ends up traveling to places like Cordova, Alaska, where “the ocean and the mountains come together like few other places »; a new permit has just opened up new terrain, and pro athletes are tackling the biggest vertical of the entire season or, as one skier calls it, “the scariest thing in life.” This trip also results in an injury, this time a dislocated shoulder.

When the crew reached the Purcell Mountains in British Columbia, Mark Herbison, Christina Lustenberger and Sam Smoothy successfully completed the first descent of the east face of Mount Ethelbert on February 22 in wind chill conditions of minus 40 degrees, resulting in immediate frostbite.

Then it’s on to the “endless” terrain of the Selkirk Mountains in British Columbia; Grand Teton National Park (which features slow-motion scenes, orgasmic faces, and full-body shots); a fall accident and tree skiing in the Valhalla Ranges of British Columbia; and 15-year-old freeskiing sensation Kai Jones in Juneau, Alaska.

Matchstick’s ‘Anywhere from Here’ sees the world of possibility from the perspective of Woodring – who started skiing at the age of 6 in Sun Valley, Idaho, was recently signed by Oakley and has been called a prodigy of the ski. He skis year-round (winters at Copper Mountain and summers at Mt. Hood or Europe) and dreams of competing in the X Games, which seems likely. His nickname, Shredz, comes from “older guys” who saw him skiing, he said.

In “Anywhere from Here,” he answers the most annoying question adults seem to like to ask kids.

“I want to be someone who has a good time,” he says. “I want to be carefree. I want to explore the unknown. I want to be on top of the world. I want to do the impossible. I want to fly. Wait, grow up? Is this a trick question? I don’t want to grow up and I want to be around children who never grow up either.

Matchstick Productions packs its film with these kind of “kids” in adult bodies, including Sam Kuch, Tonje Kvivik, Eric Hjorleifson, Markus Eder, Emily Childs, Lucy Sackbauer and more, as they “play” in the snow in Alaska, Great Britain. Colombia, Austria, Colorado and Oregon.

Woodring’s “final” answer is probably the best, as he puts it: “You know what, I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. All I know is that I’m a skier, and I feel like with this sport and these crazy magic shoes, I can pretty much go anywhere.

Big air and even bigger lines, powder shots, terrain parks and even surf fill the screen in “Anywhere from Here” and, just like Teton’s film, it serves its purpose of motivating people. for the season. Woodring summed up that kind of inspiration outside of those two movies, in an episode of “No Days Off,” presented by The Whistle, leaving viewers with these simple but wise words:

“Go everyday, do what you love, shred.”

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