Porn to Run
The ski-film maestros at Teton Gravity Research and Warren Miller just keep going bigger. This year's nationwide tour for TGR's High Life will touch down in Kentucky, Iowa, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and almost every ski town in the Empire-131 cities all told. The highlight, however, are the dozen or so "Super Shows," all-evening events featuring athletes from the film, DJs, and live music. The November 20 bash at Boston's swank club Avalon features the Beastie Boys' Mix Master Mike taking charge of the après-movie groove (tetongravity.com). Warren Miller's Journey, meanwhile, travels across North America throughout November, offering attendees exclusive lift ticket offers and truckloads of swag (warrenmiller.com).
Park City Party
For the past 18 years, Park City has hosted America's opening World Cup ski races every November. This year they're the only FIS World Cup races in North America. The men's races coincide with opening day on November 22-23, but you'll have a second chance to party with the U.S. Ski Team when the women come to town on the 29th and 30th. Park City will once again close down Main Street and throw a huge open-air concert. Check out who's playing this year at parkcity.com.
"It's not just about making asses out of ourselves," says Joel Belmont, 25, of The James and Joel Show, the off-beat, no-budget program he and his brother James, 22, co-host. "Although that often happens in the process." The show consists of the brothers, who also run the family's carpet-cleaning business, prancing around nearly naked, spoofing The Crocodile Hunter, and making good use of a narcoleptic and geographically confused weather girl. "It's sort of a blend of Monty Python, Saturday Night Live, and David Letterman-with its own unique flair," says James. Look for new episodes on Aspen's GrassRoots Television (grassrootstv.org) this fall and winter.
"It was the thing to do," says Mikey Franco, a snowboard instructor who posed nude for Jackson artist Christian Birch's enticing show "Jackson Stripped" this past August at the Muse Gallery (jhmusegallery.com). Most of the 40-some locals who lined up to take it all off for Birch chose a symbolic object (jock strap, say, or a copy of the The New York Times) to place in front of their privates on the canvas. A few, like package-baring Franco, chose nothing. "I was nervous," he admits, "even though it was often hard to tell who was who. But we all recognized our favorite bartender-she had two martini glasses over her breasts."
Luge shots have been all the rage in British Columbia since Vancouver got the bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. To build your own course, buy a large ice block, chisel a sluiceway, tilt the block, and set the booze free.
Melissa's Bar and Lounge, Banff, Alberta
Inspiration: Ailing ski patrollers in need of a stomach-friendly alcoholic elixir.
Ingredients:1/2 ounce vodka, tequila, gin, or rye1/2 ounce Kahlua3/4 ounce Coke1 1/2 ounces milk
Directions: Mix Coke, Kahlua, and liquor (vodka goes down easiest), shake, top with milk, and then throw in a cherry.