With the premiere of THE STOMPING GROUNDS, ski movie season is officially underway!

With the premiere of THE STOMPING GROUNDS, ski movie season is officially underway!

WORDS & PHOTOS • Jeff Cricco

Does Fall start before ski movie premieres? To us ski bum, snow lifestyle enthusiasts, it does not. That said, it was an easy decision to make the trek from my home in Durango to one the prettiest fall locales in Colorado—Crested Butte—for the world premiere of Matchstick Productions’ latest feature movie, THE STOMPING GROUNDS. This year, MSP delivered another action-packed ski movie with some of the best athletes in the game. With Covid-related travel restrictions loosening up, MSP brought in a couple beers short of six-pack of Canadian athletes, including the Blondes, Sam Kuch, Logan Pehota and a handful of other stars. At the premiere, the vibe was friendly and the people were stoked. And why wouldn’t they be? With snow on the Colorado’s high peaks, the aspens in peak fall color and the premiere of THE STOMPING GROUNDS… it’s official: fall is here and winter is soon to come.

Check out photos from the premiere below and click here to find a tour stop near you.

Outside Crested Butte’s Center for the Arts.

Fall colors in full effect in the heart of Colorado.

MSP athletes take an autumn ride in Crested Butte.

Sammo Cohen dishing out prizes at the movie premiere.

Sam Kuch gives one lucky audience member a fresh setup from Head.

Scott Gaffney, far right, emcees alongside athletes Logan Pehota & McKenna Peterson.

Damn it feels good to be back in the theater for ski movie premieres.

A look inside the packed venue at Crested Butte’s Center for the Arts.

All smiles from The Blondes.

Sammo Cohen was just happy to be there.

MSP’s Scott Gaffney, Mikey Curran and Murray Wais.

MSP’s Ben Sanford.

A little humor from the crew at MSP… what a bunch of wannabes.