We know its early October, but Aspen's Ski Season kicks off soon--like in 50 days. Our theme for the2008/09 ski season is GO BIG ...or go Home. This past weekend the whole snow-sports industry went BIG at The MEETING and The NEPSA Video Awards.
The Meeting is a "Celebration of Snow Film & Culture." It's a gathering of the top snow-film makers in the world. They showcase their art in a festival-like setting sponsored by Aspen/Snowmass and held at a fantastic venue, the historic Wheeler Opera House. The Meeting has evolved into a "must attend" industry event. With brands like OAKLEY, RED BULL and TARGET in the mix and production companies such as Matchstick Productions, Poor Boyz Productions and 1242 films offering up their eye candy---THE MEETING got a little wild in Aspen. Along with numerous film screenings, it allowed industry leaders to meet in an "almost-convention" like atmosphere to discuss the future of snow sports, world-wide.
Always a highlight of the weekend is the NEPSA (Aspen spelled backwards) Video Awards. The 6th annual NEPSA awards kicked it all off in front of an extremely rowdy crowd of skiers and boarders. NEPSA is an amateur contest that gives the non-sponsored "dude-bros and shred betties" a forum to show off their finest video offerings---with cash prizes. Spirits were running high at the Wheeler, this year's theme, was Entrourage, which added to the excitement. The entrants, the crowd and even some of the hardened professionals all got their ya ya's out at NEPSA. In fact the howling , heckling and screeching from the audience reminded us of the sound of the line at the BUCKET at 8.30 a.m. on a huge POW day. We had a few of those last season ---memba?
We've got 2 photo albums fired up for your enjoyment.