I'd like to personally thank every one of the nearly 2000 people that showed up in Bozeman, MT for TGR's Lost and Found premiere last Thursday night for reminding me why I ski. The night can be described in three words that interestingly enough start with R...Rowdy, Real and Relieving.
Loyal ski movie enthusiasts with beer filled backpacks lined up early and stretched the length of a football field out of the Emerson Theater into a torrential downpour that didn't hinder them a bit. From promoters to security guards, families to students, the true mountain vibe in Bozeman was as good as it gets. People crowd surfed, engaged in drunken debauchery, jumped on stage rambling about the 'passion for skiing', and I think it was the first time I've seen a ski crowd do 'the wave'.
For me it was a much needed refresher that young people are still hungry for the same thing I am; fresh powder and friends to share it with. It's rare these days, but in the same way an early tram car can change 100 strangers into best friends for a moment, sometimes a ski movie has the power to transform a thousand individuals into a single unit of camaraderie in celebration of the one thing that makes them all the same- their collective love for snow. It's the only place, outside of a church, where I've witnessed total strangers turn to the row behind them and hug. Whether it was inspired by sheer stoke or just massive amounts of alcohol we may never know.
For most of us outside the Pacific Northwest, last season was a tough one. I recently returned from the IF3 ski movie premieres in Montreal, where the loudest cheers came for the rail segments. The Bozeman crowd reminded me that the love and search for powder snow, weightlessness, and high fives at the bottom are still alive and well regardless if we actually get the powder we dream about, My gratitude for being part of something bigger than myself and having the opportunity to share the experience goes deep, just like the snow's going to be this winter! Thanks Rossignol, TGR and everyone in-between who loves it like I do. In the words of Kye Peterson last week at IF3, 'Fuck roller blading, ski pow'. Yeah!
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The first two things that come to mind about Ryan Hudson are that he's one of the most laid back, friendly humans I've ever met, and also one of the most interesting. After a full weekend of TGR premieres (you know how tiring that can be if you've ever been), Dark Starts, the Backcountry Splitboard Podcast rallied Ryan for a quick chat. Actually, the episode is more than two hours, but Ryan's charm and amazing life story will keep you captivated. The episode touches on how he came to love