Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Adventure roulette

New film entices with mixed bag of ski adventures

Express Staff Writer

“Chris Davenport skis to the sea in Antarctica. Courtesy photo

ream it and they’ve probably skied it in the latest outrageously off-the-grid collection of adventures compiled in this year’s Powderwhore Productions’ eighth annual backcountry ski film, “Choose Your Adventure.”
    The Utah company comes to town Thursday, Nov. 29, to preview the film to local audiences at 8 p.m. at Whiskey Jacques’. Look closely at the scenes shot in South America, because Drew Stoecklein, son of cowboy photographer Dave, makes an appearance.
    Noah Howell, of Powderwhore Productions, said in a release about the film, “This movie is such a mixed bag of characters, exotic locations and action that we wanted to get that point across with the title. You really can’t guess what’s coming next in this film, like the Choose Your Own Adventure book series we enjoyed growing up.”
    Among the destinations are an abandoned mining town in the Arctic, dropping cliffs with Hugo Harrison in British Columbia, plunging into the Antarctic Sea in speedos, blasting through deep powder, catching up with crusty locals in the Wasatch and more.
    “Our interest lies in finding people with real stories and ski objectives,” Howell said. “We wanted to tag along and capture their actions and motivation for heading into the mountains, creating more of an authentic experience. We traveled light and moved fast to avoid interfering with the actual adventures as they unfolded.”
    Despite the underwhelming winter of 2011-12, in which snowfall reached near record lows and unstable avalanche conditions, the Powderwhores were able to make the most of the conditions at home and abroad, with trips to Cerro Castillo, Chile; La Grave, France; the Antarctic Peninsula; Svalbard, Norway; Mount Foraker, Alaska; British Columbia, Canada, and the Wasatch Mountains in Utah.
    The film features an array of characters from salty backcountry veterans to some of the top skiers and snowboarders, including Chris Davenport, Jake Sakson, Andrew McLean, Seth Wescott, Dylan Freed, Noah Howell, Matt Reardon, Drew Stoecklein, Forrest Coots, Ian Provo, Neil Provo, Chuck Mumford, Darrell Finlayson, Bob Athey, P.Y. Leblanc, Jason Thompson, Todd Stuart and Hugo Harrison.
    This is a feature-length ski film that celebrates exotic locations, wild adventures, and the dedicated personalities writing their own stories in snow.
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