Over 20 years after the greatest ski film in the history of ski films hit VCR’s across the world, the ski film director extraodinaire…Gregory Stump delivered the sequel to a raucous group of industry tastemakers, dignitaries and hootie hoo’rs to close The Ski Channel Film Festival at the SIA Snowshow at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
As industry player after player hit the red carpet and more flashes went off than when Uncle Fester went to a gymnastics event (yea we just said that) “Blizzard of Aahhh’s” star, K2 ambassador and all around rock star skier/great guy Mike Hattrup took the stage to give a speech honoring the legend, Mr. Stump. “I just can’t believe we’re still here,” said Hattrup. “I was just a punk kid, who couldn’t believe he was getting a free lift ticket and a chance to ski some incredible places. The fact that decades later we have all these people here paying tribute to Greg and that film is just crazy to me.”
Then Stump was given the plaque certifying that he and “Blizzard of Aahhh’s” were inductees numero uno and dos in The Ski Channels new Hall of Fame. The pre-film event made it clear that the ski industry at large believes that Stump is the Speilberg of the ski film space. Half the mover’s and shakers in the industry were willing to give up their Saturday night when every industry party you can think of was happening. One of the nights highlights was Stockli Ski Girls. They are so hot it is ridicules and not remotely afraid to lay in an all female people pile on camera.
Next the mob went in to the large screening room and got to watch the sequel to “Blizzard of Aahhh’s.” And from the opening Plake, Hattrup, Schmidt reunion set of eyeballs looked like a set of cueballs. At the end the applause was standing and thundering. Those leaving the theatre were singing the films praise in unison. “Finally someone made a ski film with a story,” said one viewer. Another commented on the spectacular use of historical footage.
“It was just great seeing everyone and letting them get to see the film,” said Stump who just had 6 films in the top 50 on the Ski Channel Top 100 Ski Film list that came out last month. “Blizzard of Aahhh’s” took the number one spot.