KGB Production's "Wyoming Triumph"

"Wyoming Triumph," a two-year film project about skiing in the Equality State.
KGB Wyoming Triumph

KGB Productions, a Jackson-based film company is releasing their two-year movie project, “Wyoming Triumph.” Producer Sam Pope told us why they wanted to shoot a movie in the Equality State, why their film is different, and approximately how many bones they broke in the process. The film premieres Saturday night at the Pink Garter Theater in Jackson.

Where did the idea for an all-Wyoming film come from?

It was a two-fold idea. As a skier you know what it’s like to drive around and look at every mountain and see a ski line. In Wyoming it’s hard not to look at the mountains like that and wonder, ”do people ski them and how do they get there?”

The other side of it is—and I don’t want to be the 100th person to compare themselves to the Art of Flight—but in the age of Art of Flight and multi-million dollar movie budget It seems ridiculous to travel to these exotic places when we haw this in our backyard.

So we decided to get some people together and buy some snowmobiles, get some maps, and go explore. Some places we had no idea about it was literally a shot in the dark

Was it ever a dead end?

Oh yeah, almost every other time. For every awesome zone it was a week of figuring out how to get there, and getting turned around and ending up in the wrong basin.

What are you most proud of?

When we undertook this task we didn’t know what we were getting into, it was really challenging, a lot of early dark mornings and coming out at 10 at night, but we feel pretty good about it.

In ski movies these days everything is trying to do something different, add story, Everyone is trying to deal with that realization that people are getting tired of straight ski porn. For us we just kind of kept it simple and I think it felt different without having to try too hard.

You say in the trailer that over the course of filming your crew had countless broken bones. Can you give us a number?

I’m actually not sure, but with the exception of 1 or 2 athletes everyone had an injury. Mostly knees, backs, nothing that was as bad as it could have been especially because these places that we were going to were six hours deep in the backcountry. It wasn’t the Jackson sidecountry.

What happens next?

Well here’s still a half dozen places in Wyoming that we didn’t get to, or we didn’t get it as good as it could have been.

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KGB Productions presents ‘Wyoming Triumph'

Two years ago we set out on a mission to scout the vast and mostly unskied terrain of our home state, Wyoming. Towns and mountains where more people own an elk rifle than a pair of skis. Following countless broken bones, close calls and getting lost we returned home with a story.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based KGB Productions has a new ski movie out next fall called Wyoming Triumph. Check out the film trailer below, and our interivew with KGB producer Sam Pope on the next few slides.Most ski films travel all over the world to get footage. But you stayed in Wyoming. Why was that? Sam Pope: This concept developed over several years of taking small trips here and there around Wyoming, including  the Wind Rivers, the Wyoming Range, the Snake River Range, the Gros Ventres, the Absorokas, even the west side of the Tetons. We began to realize that there was something special here. The other part of it is just what you said. Other production companies are going on these insanely exotic ski trips all over the world. We want to make the point that we have terrain that good, right here in our backyard of Wyoming. Kind of a "keep it local" thing. The skiing just as good, but the experience is a little more organic. And that's important to us. 

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