A Whole Lotta BS: My Meeting
Nothing gets me more pumped for the upcoming season than the Meeting in Aspen, CO. The Meeting is a four-day event featuring video premiers, live performances, and industry conferences designed to better the sport we know and love. There is also a contest for the best amateur film of the year, giving up-and-coming videographers a place in the spot light.
Industry insiders are not the only ones who flock to this event. The Meeting is ultra fan-friendly; this gives Wintersport enthusiasts a chance to meet their favorite pros and to get an inside perspective of what occurs in the snow sports industry. Combine that with the onslaught of films and music, and it is no surprise why so many people are drawn to the event year after year.
This time around, I did the Meeting a bit differently than in previous years. My great friend, Worthy McCormick, has a small Cessna 182 airplane that he was willing to take to Aspen for the weekend. We flew high over the Rocky Mountains straight into Aspen Airport. We arrived in time for a little dirt biking session (thanks to Red Bull) before an afternoon meeting on social marketing. Next up was the screening of Poor Boyz Productions, Revolver. People went wild in the Wheeler Opera house as the lights dimmed and the projection screen turned on. After â€œRevolver,â€ we changed venues to the Belly Up for Level 1â€™s, â€œEye Tripâ€ and Grete Eliassenâ€™s â€œSay My Name.â€ The Belly Up always does an amazing job of hosting the late night video premiers with their extensive bar, live music and appreciation for skiing.
My second day was disgraceful. I had a morning dedicated to poolside partying. In an attempt to refuel for the night I took a power nap at 3 p.m. When I woke up to prepare for some more movies such as Matchstick Productions, â€œThe Way I See It,â€ I realized that I had managed to sleep until 2 a.m. I had completely missed all the movies and the special performance by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Thankfully, I had my dear friends to fill me in on their awesome time:
â€œThe Meeting was awesome! It always is. It is so fun seeing everyone and watching what they have accomplished. The showing of â€˜Say My Nameâ€™ on Friday night was really cool. Seth Morrison and Pep Fujas were in attendance was it awesome to see their faces and support for their support for the movie. There were also a lot of females in attendance that made the showing a hit.â€-Grete Eliassen
â€œI love going to Aspen because it is my hometown. I like coming back, presenting the movie that I worked on, as well as catching up with homies to see how their season turned out.â€-Matt Walker
â€œ I come to the Meeting because partying is so much better than not partying and skiing is so much better than not skiing.â€ -Keri Herman
â€œThere is no better place than Aspen in the fall with all its great offerings, people, and amazing ski movies.â€-Jake Largess, Nike 6.0 Team Manager