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What do you think of ski movies today? All ski movies are the same. Even when they say they’re revolutionary. None of them have a plot. They jump off something big, they go to meet with other cool people like themselves. Where is the fat guy skiing? Where are the beginners falling off chairlifts? Where is the slapstick humor that made ski movies so good in the past?   So you decided to make one that’s better than all the rest? There’s a lot of pain in the ski industry right now, both on the resort side and the manufacturing side. We had this global economic meltdown, declining revenues, draught. It seems like one misery after the other. We need a joke. Cheap Ski Movie’s tagline is ‘It’s a movie for the times. Hard times.’ (click to the next slide for the rest of the interview)

Cheap Ski Movie

Jack Turner, a Durango, Colorado-based filmmaker, decided to create a spoof ski movie—picture Wayne’s World meets Warren Miller. The result? Cheap Ski Movie, a comic documentary-style take on ski porn that will tour the country next fall. We spoke to Turner about heli-skiing in Massachusetts and how to make a ski movie for under $60,000 (hint: use cardboard).

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. 

Wyoming Triumph Ski Movie to Debut Fall 2010

Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based KGB Productions has a new ski movie out next fall called Wyoming Triumph, which is all shot in their backyard—the Tetons. We spoke to KGB's Sam Pope about making a local ski movie and how they got the film sponsored by a whiskey company.

Tanner Hall, the Movie

Win for Ski Movie Diversity

There's a new movie out called Tanner Hall. But it's not what you think it is: no X Games, no reggae, and no skiing. Instead, it's a flick about a fictional, elite boarding school called, you guessed it, Tanner Hall.

Josh Haskins, a cameraman and producer for Warren Miller Entertainment gave us four tips to make your ski movie go from YouTube embarrassment to the next “All I Can.” Location, location, location  The first step is to pick a location that’s both visually stunning and conducive to filming. Haskins recommends taking care of ground logistics first: that means getting permission from resorts and securing forest service permits, sometimes both. The biggest snags in a production come before injury-inducing wipeouts are even possible. Make sure to touch base with resort coordinators, the forest service, and tour operators to get logistics dialed in.

How to Make Your Own Ski Movie

Sure, you could post schwagy GoPro edits to the intertubes, or you could take a little time, shine up your editing skills, and revel in Vimeo glory. Here's how to get started.

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Retallack: The Movie

There's nothing more refreshing than a blast of winter, especially in the yawning warmth of spring. Tanner Hall and his crew are here to help.

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Guide to the Olympics: Ski Cross

Welcome to the throwdown, year one, also known as ski cross. A Winter X Games event since 1998, ski cross premieres this year as an event in the Winter Olympics. If you are wondering about gold, make sure to watch the two former ski racers, Daron Rahlves and Casey Puckett, participating in the event.

Skiing Through College

Skiing Through College

Contrary to popular belief, you can ski your way through college and still earn a degree. Just join a collegiate ski team. By Ari Cohen.