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Five-Question Interview: Sage Cattabriga-Alosa

The perennial TGR star told us about going 3D, how filming affects his skiing, and skiing pow all over the world.
posted: 09/28/2010
Until recently, Cattabriga-Alosa lived in Green Hills with Chris Minneci and skiing siblings Chris and Matt Collins. In the past five years, the group played a key role in developing gap jumps like Chad's and Pyramid in Grizzly Gulch, up the road from Alta. Now those jumps - over roads, pits, or gullies, some with landings on piles of mine tailings - are helping attract the next generation of athletes. "Gaps had obviously been done before, but Utah made them famous," Cattabriga-Alosa says.

You're featured heavily in the newest Teton Gravity Research  film, “Light the Wick,” tell us about that.
It's a great honor and very exciting to be in the TGR films. It's a great forum to show off all our hard work from the winter that goes on deep in the mountains without an audience. It's really casual and organic the way we film. I work all year with different filmmakers and crews and from the production side to the other riders we are all friends that have been working together for a while now.

Where did you get to ski?
This year I filmed in Jackson, Wyoming, Utah, North Cascade Heli in Mazama, Washington, and in Petersburg, Alaska.

What is it like being filmed? How does that affect your skiing?
It's an organic experience, and something that we have had lots of experience doing, but mostly it's about fun. The fact that we are filming is motivating but it doesn't change the decisions I make. If I'm stoked and it feels good, we do it. If it seems sketchy or wrong we walk away.

What is your favorite part of being in a ski flick?
Well, that’s easy... skiing powder all over the world!

What do you think about the movie?
I went to Jackson to help edit my part early in the summer, so I got a teaser of some of the sections before the premier. Light the Wick it’s a visual trip through our winter showcasing the adventure of skiing, from exploratory missions to Alaska, to crossing new frontiers of digital media expression with new technologies like 3D filming. It's going to be sweet.

How do you plan to progress your skiing?
I will continue to have fun, and push big mountain skiing. I have had a great deal of experience in the technical terrain, and hitting big natural jumps, so I want to continue to explore in those regions.

 

Check out the trailer for "Light the Wick."

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