CULTURE MATTERS: ‘Frosty Flakes’ premieres Saturday

By on November 19, 2013
Josh Mandel rides the probable first descent of the Sleeping Indian neck Photo: Darrell Miller
Josh Mandel rides the probable first descent of the Sleeping Indian neck Photo: Darrell Miller

Josh Mandel rides the probable first descent of the Sleeping Indian neck Photo: Darrell Miller

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Darrell Miller is a force to be reckoned with in the ski industry. As head of the homegrown, Jackson Hole-based Storm Show Studios, he has gained much acclaim since his Jackson Hole videos were first released upon the skiing world in the mid-1990s.

Storm Show’s latest release, Frosty Flakes, will premiere on Saturday at Center for the Arts.

“Storm Show was built on the premise of having maximum fun and enjoying life in the mountains, no matter how sick a ripper you are. Yes, the Storm Show crew definitely rips death-defying lines, but our films are also made for the average Joe Schmo weekend warrior, who may only ski 10 days a year on Casper lift, but still puts his or her whole effort and passion into every turn,” Miller said. “Storm Show’s mentality is where the athlete and cameraman are one and the same. We all take turns filming and riding, and it creates a more well-rounded production.”

Big mountain lines and all the powder you could ask for are at the core of Frosty Flakes. Yet despite all of its power, flair, and excitement, it remains honest and down to earth, like the kind of ski video you and your friends might put together.

“Our cameras are mostly hand-held, high-definition cameras. POV cameras are kind of diluting the glamour and originality of ski films. Everybody is filming with GoPros these days. Just because you’ve got a camera on your head doesn’t make you a pro. It’s your skiing ability and personal responsibility of safety for yourself and others that makes you a ‘professional.’”

Frosty Flakes is set primarily in and around Jackson but also incorporates a few shots of the mountains beyond.

With this year’s early season snowfall we wanted to know if the Storm Storm crew had already been out in the backcountry filming. “Be patient with the snowpack or your ski season could be over before it starts,” advised Miller.

“I’ve got high expectations for a big snow tally this year, but I’m never disappointed,” Miller said. “I think we’re due for a big year after the last two season of average to below-average snowfall. Records are made to be broken, and the 2010-11 winter of 700 inches will also fall, hopefully in my lifetime.”

Saturday’s premiere includes two showings, the first at 6 p.m. and the second at 9 p.m.

Ticket proceeds benefit Friends of Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center while raffle proceeds benefit The Brent Newton Memorial Fund and the Jackson Hole Ski Club. Raffle items include a JHMR Grand Pass, a Never Summer Snowboard, RMU Skis and much more ski-related gear.

Frosty Flakes, 6 p.m & 9 p.m., Saturday at Center for the Arts. $15 adults, $10 children 13 and under (6 p.m. show only) plus $2 box office processing fee for all tickets., 733-4900.

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