GET OUT: Storm Show premieres latest Teton ski flick

By on November 4, 2014

Proving dads can still rip hard, Schroder Baker gets back to his roots in S&S couloir at JHMR. Photo credit: Darrell Miller

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Storm Show Studio teams up with Full Room Productions for the world premiere of Land of 1000 Dreams, showcasing local riders doing what they love to do, deep in the Jackson Hole backcountry. Talented skier and cinematographer Ryan Halverson works with Darrell Miller to document the joys of winter.

Filming in the valley for more than a decade, Miller showcases the raw, homegrown nature of skiing and riding in the Tetons. You won’t see helicopters or large film crews buzzing about in this flick. Shot with non-commercial, high-definition cameras and Go Pros, you would barely notice if this crew was filming next to you. “Our cameras are the size of a coffee mug,” said Miller.

Film highlights include Miller’s descent of the Billy Goat Couloir and Derek Deperio’s first free descent of the “G-String,’ a 500-foot-long hourglass couloir with a 60-foot air drop. Other notable moments include female rippers Halina Boyd and Kelly Halpin enjoying February’s prolific powder. Skiers Dave Vanham and Jeff Ledger throw down on some big airs. Ryan Halverson comes off a knee injury for some spring mountain descents. Ryan Van Lanen, Lance Pitman and Japanese snowboard legend Shin Biyajima find jibtastic lines, while world-renowned riders Rob Kingwill, Schroder Baker and Daniel Tisi slash some technical pow.

While a film like Land of 1000 Dreams could not be created without the riders, Miller said it is “more about being human and experiencing nature.”

“It’s not about a particular person that’s doing it. It’s special that any human beings are doing these things,” he said. “This is a method of travel that we can experience in these wild places on this primitive equipment that humans invented.”

Jeff Leger pulls a classic backscratcher on a bluebird inversion day at JHMR. Photo credit: Darrell Miller

Jeff Leger pulls a classic backscratcher on a bluebird inversion day at JHMR. Photo credit: Darrell Miller

The premiere also is a fundraiser for local nonprofits. “I’m totally vested in the causes this movie supports,” Miller said. Locals have turned out for these premieres for more than a decade to support the cause, contributing more than $40,000 to the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Forecast Center and the Brent Newton Memorial Ski Foundation. Silent auction and raffle items include a full season ski pass to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort along with gear from Stio, Smith Optics, Mountain Khaki and Never Summer.

The film shows twice on Friday at Snow King at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are available at The Liquor Store, Board Room and Wilson Backcountry Sports. After party at Hayden’s Post with Denver hip-hop artist Sid Fly and the Insomniacs.

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