Notes written by Mark Piquette.
The crew woke up at Canadian Mountain Holidays to clouds and light snow on the first day of filming, but it's Canada so that does not mean they were sitting around the lodge waiting for something to break. It was time to head out and do some tree skiing! It was GO from the gun for the skiers. After about a 100 meter warm up ski, Jonny Moseley and Andy Mahre were checking out lines off a cliff band while Chris Patterson, Josh Haskins and Ilja Herb got the cameras set up. That is the tough part for the skiers. Filming sounds fun, and it is, but there is a lot of waiting as the shot is set up. The skiers sometimes have to ski some pretty challenging lines not being totally warmed up or having stood around for awhile. The skiers worked the trees and different pillow lines all day and the film crew got some great footage. Enjoy!
Day two of the shoot with Canadian Mountain Holidays saw a continuation of day one, clouds and snow. The crew knocked out some shooting around the lodge and helicopters while they waited for the light to improve. In the meantime Chris Patterson, Director of Photography for Warren Miller Entertainment, used the steady cam to track Andy Mahre walking out to the helicopter. Once the light came up it was time to load in the helicopter and head back out. The 407 with the cineflex flew out and filmed the 212. Check out the footage to see the 407 flying in front of our crew with the cineflex pointing back towards us. Be sure to see the feature film this fall, because it is going to look spectacular on a 40 foot screen! The CMH guides found some good pillow lines for the Jonny Moseley and Andy Mahre to hit. Most of the lines had never even been skied before! Enjoy the footage of Andy skiing a great series of pillows with the cineflex. He just danced off 5 or 6 pillows and made it look easy! After that, back into the trees for some good footage for the rest of the day. A back flip from Jonny and a corked 540 from Andy will also make for some great shots on the big screen. Enjoy this quick video of highlights from the day.