Steamboat Film Festival concludes with Reel Awards |

Steamboat Film Festival concludes with Reel Awards

Jesse Pugh skis in the terrain park at Steamboat Ski Area. Pugh is featured in Phase Media's film "The Infamous." The film will be show as part of the Reel Awards at 7 p.m. Friday at Colorado Mountain College.

— Like most things in the ski industry, Peter White’s journey in filmmaking has been a progression.

As a member of Phase Media, a group of locals who have entered the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival for several years, White said his movies began at a rudimentary level.

Now, White and his team’s newest film “The Infamous” has continued that progression. Last year, Phase Media won the Reel Popular (most online votes) and Reel-e Good (best overall) at the Film Festival’s Reel Awards.

“The goal is not to win,” White said. “It’s to document all the skiing we’ve done — filming and skiing fun.”

The Reel Awards wrap up the 10th year of the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival at the Colorado Mountain College’s Allbright Auditorium.

Doors open for the event at 6:30 p.m. Friday with the first film showing at 7 p.m.

Cost for the event is $10 with all proceeds benefitting CMC’s backcountry club.

“Our lineup includes a little bit of everything snow, from park and pipe, big mountain, slednecking and a great look at the history of being a ski bum in Colorado,” said Mike Martin, who started the film festival. “The filmmakers will all be there to give an introduction, including Kent Gunnufson who spent the last 40 years touring around Colorado earning a living anyway he could. Should be a great night to bring in the season.”

In addition to White’s film, three other films will be shown.

Martin Clay’s “A Dreamy Place” was shot entirely in Steamboat Springs. Bent and Broken’s “UN-Sponsored” highlights snowmobilers from Northwest Colorado and Gunnufson’s “Bumming Colorado Country” looks at the history of ski bumming.

At the conclusion of the films, awards for online votes, best powder and best overall will be given out.

Gunnufson’s film may be the most interesting. The retired Denver resident once was a ski bum in Aspen, and his film looks at the history of ski bums but also takes a look at how it’s a dying pursuit, especially at big corporate resorts.

Gunnufson said he’s been working on the project his whole life, traveling around and trying to get at the core of ski bum culture.

“People that have lived this life in the mountains rave about it,” he said. “They’re glad someone documented it. When you see a ski film, it’s usually from the point of marketing. It’s not from the perspective of people with a passion living in the ski areas. It’s not about the consequences and trials of living there.”

The movies will be shown in succession with the last one beginning at 8:20 p.m. For more information on the festival or to see trailers of any of the movies, click here.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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