Snow over Snowmass during The Meeting. Photo by: Jeremy Swanson
Every fall, Aspen, Colorado, hosts “The Meeting,” a gathering of ski fans, athletes, filmmakers, sponsors, and media who attend a pre-season celebration of all things skiing. Hyped as one of the best, no-snow weekends to visit Aspen, the mountains were covered in neon-colored trees that served as a backdrop to the movies, parties, and roundtable discussions that made up the four-day, fourth annual event.
This year, The Meeting, held the weekend of October 2-5, premiered its first all-female ski movie, Uniquely, the first movie to showcase sports off the snow, and Double Decade, a celebration of Mack Dawg’s 20th anniversary of movie production. Highlights also included the highly-anticipated snowboard movie That’s It, That’s All and musical performers like Tech N9ne and the Glitch Mob. Fashion shows, DJs, parties, video awards, talks, and more than 12 movies filled the weekend.
Matchstick Productions’ Claim made its mark on the viewers with its loud music, killer shots, and its all-out celebration of gnarly skiing, stunning scenery, and big-name skiers. Athletes like Mark Abma, Aspen-local Chris Davenport, Jon Olsson, and Shane McConkey shred some big mountains and weren’t afraid to throw their hands in the air to claim their lines. Our favorite segments of the flick included token female Ingrid Backstrom ripping apart peaks in Alaska and the reincarnation of clown-like Saucer Boy.
The Massive, a Tanner Hall and Red Bull Productions flick, follows Hall and his crew from Alaska to Pemberton, BC, to Copper Mountain, Colorado, ripping long lines in the backcountry and hucking huge air in the pipe. Hall’s laidback style, mellow, reggae dance hall tunes, and big skiing impressed the crowd at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House.
One of the most awe-inspiring events of the entire weekend was the Friday night showing of Brainfarm’s new snowboard movie That’s It, That’s All. The movie, which starred Jackson Hole snowboarder Travis Rice, had a multi-million budget and took two years to make. Filmed entirely in hi-def 35, the Aspen crowd watched the epic footage from Jackson Hole, Alaska, Germany, Canada, Tokyo, and New Zealand in awe.
Next years Meeting dates have not been scheduled yet. Stay tuned to SkiNet for reviews, trailers, and more from all of the movies premiered in Aspen and more information on everything gear, travel, and action.