Vail Mountain will debut film about extreme skiing group ‘Ravinos’

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 19, 2009 11:35 am

Fifty years ago, a few adventurous skiers came to the Vail Valley and established themselves as the first extreme skiers in Colorado and they called themselves the Ravinos.

By the late 1970s, they earned their reputation for breaking the confines of traditional ski culture. But faster than they could ski down a mountain, their dynamic reputation spread throughout the valley and were soon kicked off Vail Mountain.

Friday night at the Sandbar in West Vail, the Ravinos will resurface and release their debut film: “Revive.” The movie will also show at Loaded Joe’s in Avon on Saturday. Both showings are set for 7 p.m.

At Friday’s Sandbar show, the all tele-skier ski film “The Free Heel Life” will show before “Revive.” Local band MTHDS will perform immediately following “Revive,” at around 10 p.m. The movie features original film from 1976, as well as the skills of today’s tele-skiers and snowboarders.

“‘Revive’ covers all the great parts of living in the Vail Valley and our addiction to winter sports,” said Asa McKee, film producer and current Ravinos Rocky Mountain Chapter president. “Come relive and revive the Ravinos legacy!”

During the club’s heyday, there were more than 100 Ravino members said McKee.

After the group was banned from Vail Mountain, they migrated to Vail Pass. “They threw huge parties up there,” McKee said. “Thousands and thousands of people attended. They got permits with the Forest Service before the parties, but afterwards the Forest Service said we aren’t going to do that again.”

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