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Showing of "Soul Purpose" is for a good cause

RICHARD CHITTICK

Let me begin by saying, since Kimberly didn’t, that the Summit County premiere of “Soul Purpose” is doubling as a fundraiser for the Summit County Rescue Group. That said, if there’s a better way to raise money for the local search and rescue organization, I can’t think of it. A phenomenal ski movie combined with the local eatery voted best brewpub in Summit County by readers of this publication – it doesn’t get any better than that. As for the movie, Teton Gravity Research (TGR) has done it again.Every year, TGR can be counted on for one of the ski industry’s best presentations of the snow experience, and this year is no different.

With the overwhelming footage of travel destinations and powder up to skiers’ noses, it never lets up. The play on words of the film’s title is apparent all the way through – the only purpose for skiing is to move the soul. Early on, Marc Andre Belliveau treats the viewer to stunning powder lines through neck-deep snow in Bulgaria. The movie then features crazy line on top of crazy line by athletes such as Micah Black, Kent Kreitler, Candide Thovex and Skogen Sprang. What the directors are leading up to is a sequence of footage that – as is the case year after year for ski films – pushes the envelope of what is possible in the wild white yonder. It begins with Erik Roner’s breathtaking combination of skiing and BASE jumping. Then the footage skips to an avalanche sequence in the Micah Creek backcountry in British Columbia that reminds the viewer of why an organization such as the Summit County Rescue Group deserves attention.

Then the movie’s giant climax comes from the line ridden by Jeremy Jones on a snowboard. Doesn’t matter whether you ski, ride, snowshoe, glissade, bobsled or just stare at the mountains to get your jollies, this line is one of the best ever filmed. I did have a couple of problems with the movie, though they seem to be the polar opposite of Kimberly’s concerns (which is why we review movies together).First, I wouldn’t call the narration sparse. If anything, it gets in the way, as the athletes babble endlessly about the metaphysical experiences they have on skis. Over and over again, I just wanted to scream “Shut up and ski!!!!”Also, very little of the movie was filmed in terrain parks, yet many of the skiers still spend most of their time skiing backwards. What was a novelty a couple of years ago seems to have become the preferred way to ski with many elite skiers, even though it looks odd on film.

But I still enjoyed the film – immensely. With the Basin now open for four days and the rest of Colorado ready to follow suit, this flick is a great way to pump the blood up for ski (snowboard) season. Don’t let Kimberly fool you. She’s at her desk more than Richard is. But until the rest of the resorts open, you’ll find both of us at the Basin. Richard can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.


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