Spring Back to Vail = Good Music, Good Times

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on March 10, 2009 12:00 pm

Vail’s end-of-the-season celebration goes down April 13-19.  Music headliners are dreamy, lady-killer Chris Isaak, Hasidic-Jew-dancehall-reggae-superstar Matisyahu, and Billboard chartbusters O.A.R.  Something for everyone!  

Part of the festivities again this year, the 7th Annual Pond Skimming Championships will feature comedy displays of athletic brilliance on Saturday, April 18th.  A reminder to all pond-skimming pros and amateurs: registration opens up on March 15. 

A new addition to the Spring Back to Vail line-up this year is the Breitling All Mountain Film Competition.  Teams of two, one filmaker and one rider/skier, will spend the week capturing footage incorporating the best features of Vail and churn out a three-minute video that will be judged on:

Originality: The overall riding, features/use of the terrain, directing and editing will be judged on the originality, coherence and creativity they exhibit.

Aesthetics:  Entries will be judged on their use of the visual creative and cinematography to communicate their story, atmosphere/ambiance and feeling/emotions.

Production Values:  While the proper use of lighting, music, visual and sound effects can always enhance an audience’s viewing experience, greater weight will be given to creativity and originality. Overall impression and enjoyment factor are also considered.

Format:  Cameras can range from traditional VHS camcorders, to mini-DV format, to professional formats. Web format quality is (TBD); DVD format quality is (TBD)

Editing:  Filmmakers may use any method they wish to edit.

There are divisions for both pros and amateurs.  Amateur entry fee is $50.  “X Games gold medalist snowboarder Steve Fisher and legendary skier JP Auclair are going to be part of the event,” said DuRocher. “I’m excited about the level of competitors that the Breitling All Mountain Film Comp will have and a complete list of riders will be announced closer to the event.”

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