“You could film a whole segment here,” notes Johnny Decesare—founder of Poor Boyz Productions (PBP)—in a discussion about the expansive terrain offered at Chile’s Valle Nevado Resort. Coming from someone with such vast ski filmmaking experience, that’s quite a compliment. The conversation was taking place at a small Italian restaurant at the base of the ski area, the stoke still high from the day’s activities. PBP is in the country shooting a documentary about five under-the-radar shredders: Owen Leeper, Ian Hamilton, Giray Dadali, Dave Van Ham and Josh Barilar. It’s a diverse group with skills spanning the entire freeskiing spectrum.
They had spent the entire day on and around the resort. In the morning and early afternoon, the crew focused on the resort’s “Hotel Lines,” a popular sidecountry zone with plenty of cliff drops and pow turns. After three or four hits each, the group packed up and headed across the resort to a cat track gap they had built a few days earlier. Tired legs be damned; these dudes were here to shred, and the session lasted well into the evening.
That theme held true throughout their time at Valle Nevado. The five skiers were on a trip of a lifetime with the goal of filming a segment with Poor Boyz Productions. The skiers’ passion even helped inspire the film crew. The first full day the group was in town, the resort was socked-in with a dense fog, making for poor visibility and difficult filming conditions. Rather than take a “down day” like more experienced film skiers might, the guys built and bagged two separate jumps outside the resort’s boundary.
It’s stories and interactions like these that Poor Boyz hopes to capture for its upcoming short documentary, set to be released this fall. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos above and stay tuned to freeskier.com for more.
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