Well, you probably saw our coverage of 1988’s “Blizzard of Aahhh’s” movie from 1988, via the recent retrospective by Aahh’s pappy Greg Stump. “Aahhh’s” led to an almost ridiculous spate of ski movies (as Warren Miller said somewhere: “Any kid with a camera.”). Thankfully, a constant trend in the entire ski film industry has been that backcountry is where it really happens. Along with that, more and more human-powered adventure skiing has been showing up. Both these film outfits exemplify the “new” genre, with Powder Hoes being more on the backcountry side, and Matchstick serving up a dose of youth culture that trends more to tricks and goofy faces. Check out this year’s trailers.
One of these is an easy pick for me, the contrast between the two is amusing! Your opinions, esteemed Wild Snowers?
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.