What: Lost and Found
When: Friday, Sept. 28, 7 & 9 p.m.
Where: MY Millennium Place
Whistler resident Ian McIntosh finally got to spend more time at home this winter. Usually the pro big mountain skier is tearing up the powder season with ski film crews all over North America.
However, this year, Teton Gravity Research hired a filmmaker to cover four Whistler skiers, including McIntosh, for the winter season to produce some of the most adrenaline-fueled footage TGR has ever seen for its latest 16 mm endeavour, Lost and Found, premiering in Whistler Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 and 9 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.
“It’s been really good and so nice not having to travel so much, and getting to stay home and do the job,” McIntosh said. “It was a great season with a lack of sunshine, and almost too much snow, but we made it work.”
McIntosh, along with fellow Whistlerites Dana Flahr, Kye Petersen and Victoria Jealouse, will hit the screen with a team of other world-class skiers and snowboarders.
The Lost and Found camera crew traveled all over the globe: from the unexplored Tordrillo Mountains of Alaska and disturbing park features in Aspen to the over-the-head powder pillows of northern B.C.
McIntosh sticks strictly to the powder, utilizing natural terrain to experience skiing in its purest form.
“I just like the pureness of it,” he said of his big mountain passion. “Like a lot of people in this town, I am just a ski bum because I love powder and that is what big mountain skiing is. All I do is ride in powder. You never have to manicure a take off or build a jump. I simply ski the mountain as it is.”
McIntosh’s segment travels through both Whistler and Alaska terrain.
“It’s a much bigger scale with several-thousand-foot descents,” he said of Alaska mountains. “You are really in the elements there. There are a lot of other factors in play than knowing a trick and throwing a trick. You’ve got to take into consideration the terrain, snow conditions and scale of the whole thing.”
This will be McIntosh’s second TGR film and fans can expect even steeper lines from McIntosh this time round.
“For me, the thing that I am excited about is that I kind of changed the style of the lines I was skiing,” he said. “The year before, it was multi-stage cliff lines. This year it is more steep spines.”
Flahr, Petersen and Jealouse will ensure there will be plenty of airtime as well.
“The quality in which TGR put it together as well as what everyone threw down this year was amazing,” McIntosh said. “Everyone has an amazing segment. The riding level and quality of production is being upped every year and this film is no exception. This film is upping the bar.”
In addition to the feature screening of Lost and Found, Paul Cotton will premier his short film, Gaper Day 2007. The mockumentary captures Whistler’s biggest end of season bash. Gaper Day staples, including daffies, twisters, rock grinds, one-piece suits, stretch pants and Mexican wrestlers, will be exposed on the big screen like never before.
Advance $10 tickets are now on sale at ticketmaster.ca or MY Millennium Place.