Late snowfall, high airfares, the sponsorship dollar squeeze. It wasn't the best year last year for ski filmmaking, but the regulars made it happen anyway. Warren Miller, TGR, Matchstick Productions will all premiere their latest ski films. Utah's Powderwhore Productions team was committed to churning out another epic in their line as well. Powderwhore's Noah Howell said he had to get creative with last season's El Niño winter to produce "TELEvision."
Unlike the other ski films which feature alpine riding and snowboarding, TELEvision showcases the top telemark skiers in the world. They're taking big lines, cracking jokes and turfing in untracked powder just like any other flick, but these athletes have free heels.
"Resident Powderwhores Noah Howell and Jason West take care of business as usual on their home slopes of the Wasatch Mountains," Howell explains. "Another successful trip to the remote peaks of Haines, Alaska, puts Nick Devore, Andy Jacobsen, Will Cardamone, and Chris Erickson on top of the steepest lines ever touched by Telemark skis. Andrew McLean, Noah Howell, Jim Harris, and Courtney Phillips venture deep into Alaska's Revelation Mountains to explore and ski first descents. Ty Dayberry flips and spins his way back onto the screen as only he can do. And of course, we deliver our deepest powder feast ever, starring Paige Brady, Will Cardamone, Chris Erickson, and Jake Sakson, all smothered by the greatest snow on earth (in Utah)."
Powderwhores kicks off its annual film tour in Salt Lake City Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1 at Brewvies, with shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Utah Avalanche Center.
Teton Gravity Research's Light The Wick premieres in Park City Nov. 6 at Jupiter Bowl, 8 p.m.
Warren Miller's Wintervention screens in Salt Lake City at Abravanel Hall Oct. 22-23 and heads up to Park City the following weekend to the Eccles Center, Oct. 29-30.
Matchstick's The Way I See It will screen at the Santy Auditorium in Park City. Oct. 8-10.