Ski film to play at Steamboat Grand |

Ski film to play at Steamboat Grand

Powder performance

Margaret Hair

“Calling this stuff powder is like calling Everest a mountain,” Jonny Mosely narrates in the opening scenes of a Steamboat Springs segment in Warren Miller’s “Children Of Winter.”

“It’s not wrong,” Mosely says of the local snow. “It just lacks the right amount of reverence.” The movie cuts to scenes of Mosely smashing through walls of powder, Andreas and Jon Hatveit retooling the mountain’s terrain park for their jumping needs, and members of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team taking on a run of moguls.

It’s all cut with stills of Carl Howelsen from the early 1900s, images of trains departing from the Depot, and Mosely’s ending observation, that “Howelsen wasn’t much of a bumper, but these guys wouldn’t be either, on glorified logs with bindings.”

The movie plays in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday and Thursday in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel ballroom. Zak Watkins and Joe Discoe, members of the 2008 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team and Telluride Freestyle, took a break from training in Zermatt, Switzerland, to share a few of their favorite moments from seven days of filming in Steamboat Springs:

Zak Watkins

Q. What was the most memorable part of filming?

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A. There were five of us standing on a catwalk, and we were throwing snowballs at Johnny (Eaton), the sixth guy down below, and hitting him over and over – (it was a) good laugh for sure. Also, for some reason they wanted a shot of me peeing in the trees – kind of weird, but funny.

Q. What part of the mountain did you ski?

A. We skied on White Out, Voodoo and up high on the mountain in the trees.

Q. How did you guys deal with getting good shots in the trees?

A. The cameraman would set up and tell us exactly what he wanted, and if we didn’t get it on the first try, we would hike up and do it again. We were wearing bright clothing, and that really helped us stand out. When one person would ski down for a solo shot, we would all have to hide to make sure the shot was all on the guy going.

Joe Discoe

Q. What was the most memorable part of filming?

A. A good story, that might make the scene, was when Johnny Eaton was aiming to clear a bush, misjudged how much air he had needed and ended up in the bush and cartwheeled out. That was hilarious. The most memorable part was probably just being able to hang out with my buds and ski the mountain.

Q. What part of the mountain did you ski?

A. We skied mainly on White Out and a little bit on the Voodoo mogul course. Some trees. I have been competing in Steamboat for several years now, but basically only skied Voodoo. One thing that completely blew me away was that on White Out there was line after line of consistent bump lines, left and rights without a big bump in the middle or bumps that are so spontaneously spaced. I’ve only found that on one other mountain, and that was Mary Jane (at Winter Park).

Q. How did you guys deal with getting good shots in the trees?

A. In order to get good shots, the film crew gave us bright colors to wear, for a start. I ended up in a multi-colored coat that at first I wasn’t too sure I felt comfortable in. Then the film crew would ski down in front of you, get a light reading so they could adjust the camera, and tell us in what direction to ski and where to try to blow up some snow.