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The legends of skiing at The Legends of Aahhh's

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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. 

post #2 of 19

Kewl! 

When is the film making the rounds & how was it?

 

JF

post #3 of 19

The film is a more refined version than the one we previewed during SIA, and has some serious stoke about where ski movies have come from and how much the old school stoke still holds up. 

 

Here are a few more pics from the evening. 

 


Epicski Bear getting his copy of Blizzard of Aahhhs from Greg Stump himself.

 

 

 

A father sharing his Aahhhs with his son and getting some Scot Schmidt Stoke

 

Philpug and Scot chatting about the Gear of Aahhhs 

 

Need to edit the red eye but you get the idea. 

 

New School and Old School coming together

 

 

It was a very good night. 

post #4 of 19

Thanks for sharing.  Looks like a really cool evening with the stoke meter off the charts.

post #5 of 19

Great night. I had a terrific conversation with Scot Schmidt, Robb Gaffney, Tamara McKinney, Tanner Hall and a lot of friends including Philpug. Great event, thank you Start Haus, 101.5 and Squaw Valley Institute for putting on the event. Lots of old Squawites there, old and young rippers. What is so cool about skiing is that you can mingle with the icons, ride a chair together, stand in line and have a conversation.

 

I do not think that readily happens with icons in other sports.

 

The ski community has a special spirit.

post #6 of 19

Very cool!  Tanner looks like a kid on Christmas morning.  An awesome gathering. I would love to have an autographed poster.

post #7 of 19

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post #8 of 19

Glad to hear it was a great time as I always loved that movie.

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Need to edit the red eye but you get the idea. 

What?  His eyes don't look any redder than normal to me...th_dunno-1[1].gif  SRSLY though, I'm sure he has matured and mellowed out quite a from the snarky bad boy of the past.  Most cocky youngsters do if they live long enough to understand humility.  The first hand feedback about him in this thread has improved my respect for him as a person quite a bit.  I always had mad props respect for him as a skier of course.

post #10 of 19

I sat next to him at a restaurant in Chile and saw him often in the main lounge with his posse a couple of years back.  Yes, this is a different Tanner....  In a good way. icon14.gif

post #11 of 19

In regards to TH, the latest edition of Freeskier has a nice write-up of the older Tanner, describing his almost career ending gap jump crash & the death of his best friend. He's now trying to make the Olympic team.

post #12 of 19
I know who Tanner Hall is I guess and not to reduce or take away any of his accomplishments, but to spend any time with Schmidt and Stump would be really a memorable experience Love the gear they used ,remember it well and skied it to. But it wasn't down steep faces and you fall you die lines. Phil that had to been a great time.
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Originally Posted by JHoback View Post

In regards to TH, the latest edition of Freeskier has a nice write-up of the older Tanner, describing his almost career ending gap jump crash & the death of his best friend. He's now trying to make the Olympic team.

 

Heard he rocked it all day long and decided to hit it just one more time.. akin of that one more run before hitting the road we all consider at the end of our ski day..

 

post #14 of 19

bad mojo to watch.....

post #15 of 19

Not cool..Dick move..

post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

What?  His eyes don't look any redder than normal to me...th_dunno-1%5B1%5D.gif  SRSLY though, I'm sure he has matured and mellowed out quite a from the snarky bad boy of the past.  Most cocky youngsters do if they live long enough to understand humility.  The first hand feedback about him in this thread has improved my respect for him as a person quite a bit.  I always had mad props respect for him as a skier of course.

I had a lot of Red Eye taking pics that night, but I didn't have my good camera, and the photo editing stuff make them look really black when I tried to fix them.  Sorry. frown.gif

post #17 of 19

Right on guys.  Glad my big bros movie went over well.  I saw it in Boulder and thought it was great.  Fun to see my old SOS clothing and a few good side kicks, daffies and helicopters.

 

As for Tanner....  I've always found TH to be respectful and nice.  He really loves skiing and he knows his skiing history.  I have had many great conversations about the sport with him and I love his energy and enthusiasm for skiing.

Peace...

Geoff

post #18 of 19

1000

 

Fantastic! Thank you so much, well worth the wait!

post #19 of 19

Legend of Aahhhs is cued up on Hulu Plus. 

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