If you look beyond the knee length tee-shirts and gun shaped hand gestures, there is one particular hip-hop movement that has drastically shaped the culture of skiing for the better. What is that trend? The mixtape. The personal mixtape (or edit) medium has been the fertilizer for the growth of current stars and the connection to the masses for established pro’s. Yet just as rock ‘n roll hasn’t embraced the hype machine that is the mixtape, big mountain skiing continually resorts to established production practices to broadcast to the masses. Where is the Sage Cattbriga-Alosa “If Jesus were to ski Alta” edit? Where is the “C & E Show” with Chris Rubens and Eric Hjorliefson? Where are the “Mark Abma Recovery Files”!?!
Now being a big mountain skier myself, I understand the constricting logistics of filming lines. Exponential amounts of effort, single attempts at lines and long weather delays cause for much fewer chances to bring about quality footage then do hot laps in the park. Yet small HD cameras exist, helmet cams are cheap, editing software is retard proof and friends can easily get to the bottom of a line and point the camera upwards. Stop worrying about blue-bird days and film on a grey sky crud day at the resort. You’re probably gonna still do stuff 99% of the world’s population can’t do. Helmet cam your buddy through the trees as he backflips off natural features. Hike a couloir and film that shit.