On 11/2 Start Haus Ski Shop along with Truckee Radio 101.5 hosted Legend of Aahh's at the Squaw Valley Institute and it was truly a memorable event. Since I saw L.O.A. at a screening at SIA, I knew that this movie had to be views at Squaw Valley and no other venue in Tahoe could do this movie justice. In working with Truckee Radio 101.5 we contacted Greg and got the wheels in motion for the showing.
While we had talked to Greg a few years back about hosting the movie that wasn't the time, this was. As much as last night was about the movie it was about Squaw Valley and what, very well THE most important skiing movie, Blizzard of Aahh's meant to the sport of skiing. Legend opened to a standing room only crowd of Squaw locals that include (but not limited to) Hank De Vre, Jackson Hogan, Tamara McKinney, Scott Gaffney (one of the hosts), Scot Schmidt, Andy Wirth along with G.N.A.R. stars. This was a who's who of North lake Tahoe skiers and those were just the ones that I saw.
The highlight of the evening was Tanner Hall. While Tanner has this bad boy persona it was very interesting to see him as just one of the crowd. First off, Tanner Hall paid for his ticket, didn't ask to be comped he just happily passed over his $15.00 (along with his entourages) to enter. Tanner never made a big deal about him being there and never tried to switch the spotlight to himself. I had heard stories about Tanner Hall's antics though the years and quite frankly dismissed them because the ONE time I did meet him in Whistler, we had a good 5 minute chat about Kryptons and was nothing but a gentleman. AFTER the movie is when Tanner Hall became just Tanner. Tanner stood in line like everyone else to get a poster signed by Greg. When he got up to see Greg, Tanner was like a school girl at a concert getting her an autograph from her idol. I have never seen someone with Tanner's reputation and presence so humbled. Tanner recollected, as an eight year old, to the first time he saw License To Thrill and the one pillow line sequence that he watched over and over..watch....rewind...watch again...repeat...and kept saying to himself, this is what i want to to for the rest of my life. Tanner spent a good 10 minutes gushing over Greg and to how Greg inspired Tanner. We talked to Tanner after and he expanded on Greg's influence and it was very heartwarming. After his time with Greg, Tanner spent a good 20 minutes with Scot and while we weren't privy to that conversation, we could see that it was along the same lines with his and Greg's. It is refreshing to see that even idols have idols and inspirations.