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Gearin’ up for the season

Kimberly Nicoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – Until the snow really starts to fly, the ski and snowboard movies Breckenridge Sports presents are just cruel teasers.

Unless, of course, you look at them as a form of foreplay. Then they’re pretty good.

At least I think so. Maybe it’s just because I’ve gone without – making turns, that is – since the Fourth of July. And, it’s been even longer since I had a decent face shot.

But the movies Breckenridge Sports shows every Wednesday at Downstairs at Eric’s in Breckenridge make me feel like I skied waist-deep freshies just yesterday – adrenaline rushes through my body as I watch skiers tunnel through champaign powder.

I figure, if I can’t get it, I might as well watch it. It creates a state of anticipation, even if I know I won’t be gettin’ some for a few months.

That’s how I felt watching Teton Gravity Research’s (TGR) latest film, “High Life.”

Like any ski and snowboard movie, the athletes go big and fast – down 4,000-foot couloirs, giant faces and spiny peaks.

Viewers will zone in on their favorite aspect of the sport, whether it’s jumping cliffs, playing in the pipe, bombing steep faces, jibbing rails or getting face shots. (If you haven’t guessed, my “drug of choice” is powder.) It’s all a part of the “High Life” – they even ski a dry roof.

Besides the incredible footage, there are two other elements that make the film enjoyable.

The first is the music. There’s actually a variety – including reggae and tunes by Fleetwood Mac and Billy Idol. Of course, the mind-numbing, extreme-rider punk still screams throughout the footage.

The second involves a French ski guide, John Paul, who (read with French accent) spits into the face of the stupid Americans.

“This is ski acting,” he says. “This is not extreme to me … Tails should be flat. Tips should be up, no?”

He’s not impressed with the Anglo-Saxon man with stickers on his helmet and bright red hair sticking out.

But, after their little stint in France, the skiers and riders pull off stuff that would impress even John Paul – if he were man enough to admit it.


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