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The Blizzard of Aahhhs

post #1 of 44
Thread Starter 
Anyone seen this film? I watched it last night.
It's quite old but it's got to be one of the best ski films ever made. Really funny in places and some great footage.
post #2 of 44
Sure. Blizzard of Aaaahs is my all-time most played videotape. I wish Greg Stump would re-release it on DVD. Great skiing, great sound track, interesting personalities from the days before they became cliches. Much better than watching somebody straightline something in Alaska with a garage band soundtrack.
post #3 of 44
Seen it!? Man this film just rocks.
post #4 of 44
I still have mine....on Beta!
post #5 of 44
A true clasic ski flick.
My tape is almost worn out!
post #6 of 44
Phil - used the Volants last year, I have to say that I'm not in that fan club - K2 is surely the only way forward!!!?
post #7 of 44
One of the great ski movies made. Soundtrack is fantastic, I would have never thought I would be jamming out to Frankie goes to Hollywood.

If like Blizz and have not seen License to Thrill, it is a must have.
post #8 of 44
Yeah! Maine boy Stumpy really kicked but with Blizzard of Ahhhs! If you like this check out TGR's "Further" or "Something About Mconkey"
post #9 of 44
My copy is tattered from lots of viewing. A true classic. So, if you could be any animal in the world...
post #10 of 44
Geeeez, What goes around comes around. I`ve hadmy vcr tape for yrs. Your right --still rocks and the music is great. luved skiing the telluride town face with that good old dog bounding beside and looking thru the keyhole slot to town. It`s a solid run.
post #11 of 44
Blizzard is still my all-time fave flick. The soundtrack is awesome, the narration is perfect ("Notice the backhandspring OVER the cravasse") and the skiing is mind-boggling.

I know Stumpy has apologized for insulting the guys skiing with Plake and Schmidt during the "shootout at Squaw" but that's still one of my favorite scenes.
post #12 of 44
Oh, and I still want to hear the end of Hattrup's story that begins "So Plake gets into an argument with this other girl..."
post #13 of 44
Every Fall you gotta break out Stumpy films, Blizzard is awesome, I like the new stuff in License to Thrill though. Groove is pretty nice, I like the story. I really dislike Skier's guide to the Galaxy, it's too flaky. It's good to see a Maineiac make good. I still got my autographed poster from the world premier of Groove. I could go on forever about these movies, I only have the words for Blizzard and license in my head thoug, guess it's from watching them for so long. Greg and Scot are really nice guys in person, one advantage to growing up in Maine was being able to catch the world premeirs.

Hatt: <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Head waxer at Bear Valley Nordic Center! What the F*ck does he know about skiing moguls?!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Scot: <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>People sueing ski areas should be shot<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Do we need to start a quote thread? <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
post #14 of 44
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by KevinH:

I know Stumpy has apologized for insulting the guys skiing with Plake and Schmidt during the "shootout at Squaw" but that's still one of my favorite scenes.

I love that part, their skiing was pretty ugly. I love Schmidt's technical ability and Plakes wildness. I think that era of great skiing has been eclipsed by daredevils.
post #15 of 44
Anyone see the EARLIER Stump flicks? Like Maltese Flamingo? Gotta love dozens of shots of skiers in neon jumping over pink flamingos.
post #16 of 44
AC, I'm ashamed to admit that I've got most of Maltese Flamingo memorized [img]smile.gif[/img] It was the first ski movie I ever bought and have worn it out once and had to re-purchase it.

Being a bump fanatic, I loved all the mogul skiing. It was also, I think, Plake's first appearance in a ski film. Look how young he looks!!!

I think the scene from this movie with Scott Kennett and his dog Zudnick riding a chair actually ended up in Telluride's print ads. Great stuff!

I may have to go home and watch it again tonight!
post #17 of 44
Maltese was the first ski flick I ever owned on video. That is a classic. It is funny to watch now and see the funky 80's dance moves on the sand dunes....
post #18 of 44
Yep, I got it, but Blizzard is more worn out.

It's a "low bidget dirtbag ski film"
post #19 of 44
And what is up with those funky Oakley glasses/goggles they're all wearing? I don't remember ever seeing a pair of those on the mountain. They look like they took the lens out of a pair of goggles and bolted it to the ear pieces from a pair of glasses.

Now here's a sad admittal: After too many viewings of MF, I ended up buying a Yakima rack, K2 skis, Oakley sunglasses, and carried a case of Ranier beer home with me from my first trip out West. I was SO easily influenced back then!!!
post #20 of 44
Blizz is the movie that got me started!!!! Watching Schmitty throw down huge "Smear Turns" got me all amped! Plake and the Back Hand-spring, Wheel of Destruction, Kennett and Zudnik, Slattery's "Scare of the Day", and (last but not least) The Soundtrack!!!

AWESOME flick.
post #21 of 44
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by KevinH:
And what is up with those funky Oakley glasses/goggles they're all wearing? I don't remember ever seeing a pair of those on the mountain. They look like they took the lens out of a pair of goggles and bolted it to the ear pieces from a pair of glasses.

for those of you who still don't know what these are.. here is some that were on ebay:


Those are Oakley Factory Pilots they are what put Oakley on the map, dude. Find yourself a pair of these... they are true retro-freeskier. I had 2 pair... broke the first pair and was real bummed when I dropped the second pair and lost them... What was ironic was that I called it... I was at Montage ski area on the East face.. where the parking lot is at the top.. I was riding up the lift after the last run... I put the glasses on my zipper of my jacket and then turned to my ski buddy and said "Watch, as sure as $hit...when I get off lift, I will skate over to the parking lot, click out of my bindings and when I bend down to pick up my skis, my glasses will fall off and I will leave them" Sure enough, when we got over to the car.. my Factory Pilots were gone.. never to be seen from again. I guess, it was all for the best...if you ask Kevin .

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 02, 2001 05:35 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Phil Pugliese ]</font>
post #22 of 44
Hey, I never said I didn't like those Oakley's. I just said they were funky. :
post #23 of 44
So where can I find a new copy to purchase? Amazon is out of stock. My favorite parts are Plake's head-cam shots. Old school ripping at its best!

post #24 of 44
Fantastic flick. The shootout at squaw is hallarious...does anyone know where that's shot? Granite Chief? Mainline Pocket?

More importantly, how does one go about acquiring a pair of Plake's 220 DH boards? I've never seen them on the rack at Ski Barn...
post #25 of 44
Riverside Air - a lot of it was shot at thePalisades. Other scenes look like Light Towers and the Cornice 2 area.

No clue on the DH boards, maybe on the walls of rustic ski-town restaurants?
post #26 of 44
For competition we used to get DH and SG skis direct from the manufacturer so you might want to contact some ski companies, but I've also seen them in the Racers Edge and some other general race catalogs. There must surely still be some out there.

Ridings 225cm boards is like being on Battleships, amazingly smooth. You also go incredibly fast but they are so stable that it doesn't *feel* that fast.

You could probably even find some 245cm Speed skis if you put your mind to it!

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 03, 2001 01:11 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Todd Murchison ]</font>
post #27 of 44
Last year K2 still had DH/SG skis on their shop form, so you may want to try them.
post #28 of 44
Agree with all of the above raves for Blizzard.... there's not a ski day that goes by with me and my ski buddies without a "scare of the day" or someone pulling a Tom Day and "taking the easy way out."

Favorite line: "Schmidt showed no emotion"
post #29 of 44
I just ordered Groove and P-tex from Just Push Play Video, prices are reasonable, shipping is free on 2 or more videos.
Just Push Play
post #30 of 44
Of course you all know that Zudnic sadly passed away about a year ago. What a tragedy.

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