Sunday, September 20, 2009

Signatures...

Last night gave me my first glimpse of winter as I was able to catch one of the new ski films for this season at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. The film, Signatures, is a great joint effort from Sweetgrass Productions and Patagonia featuring noboarding, snowboarding, alpine skiing, and telemark skiing all filmed in the mountains of Hokkaido, Japan. Although the film is mostly noboarding (which is snowboarding without bindings), do not be deterred from seeing this excellent celebration of winter sports. Anyways the first twenty minutes features deep snow and excellent riding from both skiiers and boarders making it well worth the watch in itself. All of the footage is amazing and really captures the pure joy of being outside in the winter. There is also great offseason footage of these mountains and a few minutes of surfing and skating. Last but not least, great music is heard throughout the film with Bon Iver's Skinny Love making it on there as the third track. Overall, this is a must see film for any outdoor enthusiast as it truly displays the wonder of the mountains.

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