words and photos by Parker MillsThe Long Story Short premiere hit Boulder like a storm on Thursday, bringing in a huge crowd of enthusiastic jibbers. Luke Van Valin, Craig Coker, Mike Clarke, and Tim Russel sat at the poster tables signing everything including several chests. The crowd then made their way to their seats only to have tons of free shwag thrown out to them. A raffle giving away goggles, sweatshirts, sunglasses and even two pairs of Dynastars skis followed. Props go out to Luke Van Valin for manning the mic like the pro he is.The movie started off with another movie short from Freedle Coty’s Snow Blower productions “Bromuda,” which was so good, and was a great introduction for the actual feature presentation of LSS.LSS started off in a machine factory with dominos and the like, and did not disappoint in the least. If one message was to be taken from LSS, it would be that skiing with a buddy is way more fun. The paired segments were off the hook; Steele Spence and Travis Redd had a great segment together that had great vibes and crazy rails. Colby West threw a sick zero truck driver, and also reminds us how painful skiing can be. And if anyone is bored with rails this year and is in need of some ideas of what to do next, pay attention to Corey Vanular’s segment – ever wonder what a rodeo 990 would look like?By the end of the movie everyone in the building was ready to get out and hit the snow, but first the 21+ crowd headed over to Brewskis for the afterparty.Want to catch the Level 1 premiere in your town? Check out http://www.level1productions.com/events.php for the tour schedule.Berman is thinking, "Why am I not in Hollywood yet?"The male bosom is also accepted at the autograph table.Craig Coker is still upset that they didn't name the movie House of Seven Corpses.People knock themselves out over trinkets.Van Valin is intrigued.
Shane McConkey was the most influential skier of all time, but he was so much more than that. Husband, father, funniest guy in the room, product visionary, goofball….there are so many words but none of them can truly describe who McConkey was. On the podcast, I head to Squaw Valley for his signature snowlerblade event, take you through what that looks like, and talk to a variety of people to get some funny McConkey stories. If you haven’t seen the movie “McConkey”, go watch it and then listen to the podcast.
Shane McConkey Show Notes:
2:00: Day 1: Travel, Andy Wirth’s House for the High Fives Foundation’s “Military To The Mountains” Dinner.
6:00: My new friend Nau
8:00: Mike Rosen Story
10:00: Cody Townsend Story
13:00: Event Day
14:00: Mike Gutt Story
17:00: Scott Gaffney and Bryce Bennett story
20:00: JT Holmes Story and Update
21:30: Evo: The best online experience in action sports with retail to back it up
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23:00: George Gelte Story
25:00: Erol Kerr Story
29:00: The Gala
32:00: Flip McCrick Story
35:00: Mike Hattrup Story
37:00: Murray Wais Story
38:00: Spy Optic: Get 20% off on their site Spyoptic.com using the code TPM20
39:30: Nate Abbot Story
50:30: Andy Farrington Story
52:00: Kim Reichelm Story
54:00: Aaron McGovern Story