Stump, the ground-breaking creator of the seminal ski movie Blizzard of Aahhh's has traced the history of extreme skiing and the entire genre of ski filming in is his most recent creation, Legend of Aahhh's. Own it now, Click:
Stump is generally credited for putting extreme skiing on the map with Blizzard of Aaahhh's, With help from skiing stars, Scot Schmidt, Glen Plake and Mike Hattrup. Blizzard of Aahhh's took ski porn to the next level in 1988 with spectacular footage from Squaw Valley and Chaminox and an ear popping sound track...and most importantly a real story. 25 years later, LEGEND of AAHHH's pays homage to those who came before Blizzard and those who have come after it. Stump includes interviews with ski film pioneers Warren Miller, John Jay, Dick Durrance and others. Skiing legends Schmidt, Plake, Hattrup along with Klaus Obermeyer, Chris Davenport, Mike Douglas, Kim Reichhelm, Lynn Wieland, Geoff Stump and more offer up opinions and commentary spliced in with some of the sickest historical ski footage known to man. Some of the footage has never been seen before on screen.
Today's top ski filmers from TGR, Matchstick Productions and Level 1 all pay homage to Stump's Blizzard of Aahhh's for influencing their stoke and breaking the trail for the snow movies we see today. Legend of Aahhh's typically includes footage of extremely gnarly steeps, nipple deep pow sessions and huge airs. But it's the story and the history that fascinate me the most. In Legend we get to meet some of the players in the ski industry. Stump respects where the industry has been and projects where it is going. The sound track includes jams from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Liquid Stranger, Trouble Man and more.
I've seen a lot of ski films in my day, but Legend of Aahhh's connects the dots for me. It gives the viewer a complete overview of the genre. If there was a class on ski films... Legend of Aahhh's would be required viewing. A little place called Aspen is proudly represented in the film too. Legend of Aahhh's has a special place in my heart because I've met many of the stars and I was with Greg Stump in Aspen while he was filming some of the scenes. I got to see a rough cut... plus I got to party with everybody. Thats just icing on the cake. See my post from 2010 ASPEN PARTY WARS Blizzard of Aahhh's is my favorite ski film of all time...and Legend of Aahhh's honor's the entire ski world and what might just be the most perfect ski flick.