I am a new member to this forum and evidently can't post private messages until I have made 5 public posts on this forum. Otherwise I would send Chuck this request/story privately:
I would very much like to receive the DVD if you are still open to distributing them. I grew up in Fairbanks Alaska which is where Roger Evans is from and still lives. I first met Roger when I was in high school and skied at an area called Skiland which was kind of a "hippie co-op" area that was served by a rope tow at that time but was undisputably the best mountain in the area from a terrain standpoint. I saw Roger skiing there for the first time during the spring of 72 I think. He had just returned from his winter in the Lower 48 where he competed in the early hot dog contests of those days. He blew me away with his aerials and ballet tricks and instantly became my ski idol. I followed his career via ski magazines and newspaper articles in the local sports section that reported on his winning results on the hot dog circuit back then. I think he was world aerial champion in 72 or 73.
When I graduated from high school in the summer of 75, my graduation present was a trip to Airborne Eddies ski camp at Crystal Mountain, WA where, along with some other high school buddies, we were coached by the likes of Eddie Ferguson, Bob Salerno and Mark Stiegelmeier. I was in hero heaven and placed high enough in the end of camp competition to win some ski poles.
After camp, me and my buddies got jobs working on the Alaska Pipeline and, at the end of the summer, we took our not so hard earned cash to Crested Butte (on the recommendation of Evans) and rented an apartment just a few buildings away from where Evans was living and only about 50 yards away from the lift. We bought season passes for $210 and were the first on the mountain every day and the last ones off. The locals thought we were punks because we didn't have to wash dishes or make beds at the local hotels to earn our keep around there. Plus they hated our short skis because Crested Butte "belonged" to the racers back then. Taunts of "short skis suck!" came daily from the chair but we could care less.
Roger was on the PFA tour and wasn't around that much because he was away competing but, in between contests he would come back to ski at the Butte and many of his friends from the tour would come with him. Mike Grazier also lived just outside of Crested Butte and was Evans' partner in the patented "gay gainer." Amongs Evans' friends to show up were Suzy Chaffee, Penelope Street, Rick Wood and Grazier. We were always allowed to tagalong because of our Alaska connection and our proximity to the ski lift where many breaks were taken at lunch time so we got to know many of Evans' friends (who were my long time heroes). Evans had enough pull with ski area management to have them build us a set of jumps and good landing area so we got to train with them and I'll never forget riding up the lift with Chaffee and having her pay me a compliment on my jumps. *sigh*
That winter, we learned of a "B" tour called the Chevy Tour which was part of the newly formed American Freestyle Skiing Association (AFSA). I was rooming with Tom Salisbury who was a high school chum and also qualified to compete in the PFA and entered a few events with mixed results. We also had a roommate named Jay Lerew who I think was from Denver and had been a nationally ranked collegiate diver. He later went on to coach the US Olympic Diving Team during the Sydney Olympics. Jay was an excellent aerialist due to his diving prowess and taught me how to do a back mobius a the college pool in Gunnison which was down the road from the Butte. Salisbury, Lerew and myself decided to check out the Chevy tour and we drove all the way out to Boyne Mt Michigan for a contest. It turned out there were a number of PFA guys who had defected from that tour and were competing (more at their level). Amongst them were Wayne Wong and Bob Theobold, 2 of my ski magazine heroes. There was also this guy named Greg Athens who dominated and won the overall champion and went on to kick ass in the PFA the following year. There was also a guy named Dave Brooks or Mike Brooks who was a good aerialist who was the overall aerial champion for the season. There was another guy called Mad Dog that was kind of a PFA reject. He was part of some sort of "aerial gang" from New England who all qualified for the PFA except for Mad Dog. He scared the crap out of all of us because he would get huge air and crash just about every landing. He had a very unorthodox way of pulling off hard multiple upside down maneuvers. His only problem was landing without crashing.
I failed to place in any of the events (I never could land my mobius withoug hitting butt first and popping up) and was outclassed in ballet and moguls. Lerew always placed 2nd to Brooks and Tom Salisbury was always solid enough in the 3 regiments to come in 3rd in the overall score. I was however having the time of my life skiing with legends and even taught Wayne Wong my patented "flying royal christie" which was a cool move but didnt really fit in ballet because it required a mogul and it didn't really fit in moguls because nobody did ballet stunts in the bumps.
To this day, the winter of 75-76 was one of the most memorable times of my life. I'd love to get my hands on that DVD to relive those great days. You can reply to my email and I'll give you shipping details if you are willing. I'm at email@example.com