This is the type of criticism that I SO appreciate, thank you for contributing.
I did take the sort of triangular blend of the Level 1 poster idea and incorporated it into mine, but didn't really try to imitate the poster. The kind of blue undertone/theme was a coincidence. And you're completely right, we use other works to inspire us, which is exactly what I did.
Colors are always opinionated, as you said, and I've kind of found my niche in grading and that's about where it is. I'll try to experiment more when I actually edit the film, but I think part of the resulting color is the picture style that I film in.
As for audio, this is my second year filming, and I've been slowly building my arsenal of camera gear. I used an 18-55 until around August, when I got a Tokina, and a Tamron shortly afterwords. I also purchased a Glidecam HD-1000. Needless to say, after those purchases, there wasn't much left to use for audio equipment. I've plans to get a RodeMic at some point soon, so I'll have audio next season. I'm also going to have one more film day before the mountains close and I edit the video, but I can possibly use the Zoom H4N from my video class at school to record a bunch of various audio that I can layer for the film, but I'm not sure if that can work out.
I'll keep the issues with wide kerning in mind when creating titles for the actual film!
Glad you liked the music, there'll be more of that (Emancipator) in the final film, as well.
Also happy that you liked my shots and editing. Every year I seem to not get the best of B-Roll on top of skiing so I'm hopeful that I'll have at least some filler for the film. I'm probably going to get a few interviews with some riders to throw in.
Thank you again so much for the feedback, it really helps to hear what you think and that you mean so by spending your time to get it all written out. I'll absolutely try to take those things into consideration when editing the final film.
Thank you to everyone else, too! Means a TON to hear that you guys are looking forward to it!