The Meeting

An annual gathering of athletes, filmmakers, and ski industry personalities in Aspen, Colorado.
The Meeting in Aspen

Held in Aspen, Colorado, every September, The Meeting is an annual prelude to winter: athletes, filmmakers, and other snowsports personalities gather for a weekend of parties and ski and snowboard film premieres. “The Meeting is a great way to kick off the winter season,” says Teton Gravity Research’s Dirk Collins. “It is one of those special events that only comes along a couple times a year where athletes, filmmakers, and industry magnates all get together in one place to share ideas and good times. And there is no better place to host an industry film festival than Aspen.”

This year, 12 films will be showing September 24-27 at three venues: the Wheeler Opera House, Belly Up, and the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain. The films include Matchstick Productions’ In Deep, TGR’s Re:Session, Poor Boyz Productions’ Every Day is a Saturday, Nimbus Independent’s Contrast, Level 1’s Refresh, and more. Simon Dumont has already arrived in Aspen and more are on their way. Skiing’s Megan Michelson will be blogging from Aspen over the weekend—so stay tuned.

The Sky Hotel is the official host hotel for The Meeting. Click here for more information on the event.


Aleksander Aurdal at Folgefonna, Norway.

The Envelope Please…

Announcing the winners of the first annual Skiing Magazine awards for outstanding achievement in the field of excellence in film.

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).