Thirty years after Greg Stump’s classic film carved a place in skiing entertainment, “The Blizzard of Aahhh’s” continues to be one of the best loved examples of the genre. On Saturday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m., North Country audiences can experience the excitement themselves with a screening of the popular film.
A rockumentary-style look at the known and unknown heroes of the ski world, the anniversary edit is remastered, with some additional footage – and packs the power of the original. And original is the best description of the kind of skiing showcased in the spectacular destinations, filmed from France's Chamonix valley to the awe inspiring Squaw Valley in in California.
Featuring cliff-jumper Scot Schmidt, extreme skier / bad boy Glen Plake and precision skier Mike Hattrup, Greg Stump’s filmmaking style combines with the athletes and soundtrack to offer an outstanding look at some of the heroes of extreme skiing. Stump was a 27 year-old ski film maker when he and cinematic partner Bruce Benedict filmed in the winter of 1987-88. The first audiences were shocked by the “extreme” nature of the film, as were many in the ski industry who were fearful he, like Warren Miller, went too far and encouraged reckless behavior.
Not so: this film and others served as inspiration to many, including Dan Egan whose Ski Clinic adventures co-host this event at Jean’s. Considered an extreme ski pioneer himself, Egan has appeared in 12 Warren Miller Ski films and countless others. Today he teaches clinics and guides trips at locations around the world including Big Sky, Killington, Val D Isere France, Japan, and Chile.
General admission tickets are $15 in advance at www.jeansplayhouse.com, at Jean’s Box Office, 603-745-2141; or at the door.