See Seth Morrison in a new movie? Count me in
January 19, 2008 —
Chances are, if you see a guy pulling a double back-flip off a 90 foot cliff, that guy’s going to be Seth Morrison.
Seth Morrison, I’m proud to say, grew up in Vail (although he gained national fame while living in Crested Butte). He was once just the “really, really good” skier in our gang of Vail townies, the one we’d all crowd around to watch huck “the nose” on North Rim Run, yet now he’s hailed as one of the greatest big mountain skiers of all time.
Exactly why he’s so good, and where-in-the-world he (and others) gather the intestinal fortitude to ski the big mountains, is a main theme in the movie, “Steep,” which is making one more tour through Colorado this winter. The trailer alone is enough to send powerful chills down your spine.
The term “ski porn” has been used to describe almost every ski flick of the last five years (excepting, perhaps, the more “feature film-ish” Warren Miller films). Sticking with the RealVail theme, I’m not a big fan of overused buzzwords. On the one hand, “Steep” seems to have plenty of clips to satiate skier’s superficial desires, but it goes deeper than that.
From Glen Plake to Morrison, Ingrid Backstrom to Anselme Baud, “Steep” takes a look into the short, but jaw-dropping, history of big mountain skiing. From the pioneers who first tackled 55 degree slopes on 210 K2s, to the incredible stunts of Morrison, Steep takes an inside look at the men and women who have weathered tremendous danger, huge avalanches, and terrible tragedy to ski the world’s most intimidating mountains.
The movie comes to Aspen’s Isis Theater Feb. 1, Boulder’s Century 16 theater Feb. 1, and Tinseltown USA 20 in Colorado Springs Feb. 1.
View the trailer by clicking the “play” button below.
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