The Meeting 2013
This weekend, Aspen Skiing Company hosted The Meeting, an annual gathering of snow-industry filmmakers, athletes, insiders, marketing professionals, media and fans. The Meeting is a coalescence of inspirational humans in one of the most beautiful places in the West, during one of the most beautiful times of year. It's a time to reconnect, party, play in the mountains and celebrate the work of all the talented people who collaborate each season to create stoke and deliver the gospel of shred. The Meeting showcases the best ski and snowboard flicks of the year, but what really sets it apart from other film festivals is the rest of the events packed into the schedule. The itinerary featured panel discussions from both within and outside of the industry on a range of topics, from brand partnerships to authenticity to music licensing, as well as a set by DJ Shadow at the Belly Up, go-kart racing, huge unofficial group mountain bike rides and hikes and more. These are a few moments with some of the exceptional people in attendance, captured on Polaroid film.
John Roderick, Zach Hooper, Corey Stasinos
"Tony inspires me because he's an amazing photographer, roommate and human," says fellow Aspen, Colo., artist Danny Brown. "For some reason he now puts everything he says in song." Roderick is the founder of Breckenridge, Colo.-based Neu Productions. "Corey [Stasinos] and his brother Wyatt are the most dedicated backcountry snowboarders in Colorado, often living in the mountains throughout the summer, hunting and fishing," he says of the Polaroid subject at right. "You'll always recognize these two: They look like they just crawled out of a cave or a mine." "Hoops was my first snowboard influence," says Stasinos of Aspen, Colo.-based photographer Zach Hooper. "He was always the best at the skatepark and we became skate friends. When I started to snowboard, he was the guy that I looked up to."
Tony Prikryl, Nick Hamilton
"Tony inspires me because he's an amazing photographer, roommate and human," says fellow Aspen, Colo., artist Danny Brown. "For some reason he now puts everything he says in song." Hamilton, right, is the content director at TransWorld SNOWboarding magazine.
Quigley is the editor of Freeskier magazine, which is operated out of Colorado.
Peter Olenick, Josh Berman
Legendary Aspen, Colo., pro skier Olenick and Level 1 Productions ski-film company founder/owner Berman acknowledge an indispensible part of the mountain lifestyle. "Peter O. has always been quite the character, from his dyed red-and-blue hair, straight-edge late teens to his banana-hammock exploits from a couple years back and everything in between," notes Berman. "He's always good for a laugh or two and a great dude to have around."
Mike Hansee, Flip McCririck, Henrik Lampert
"Flip McCririck's name has graced the pages of every ski publication for as long as I can remember," says Matchstick Productions' director of business ops/producer/chaos wrangler Hansee. "He's helped create the careers of freeskiing icons and deserves all the credit in the world for his contributions to this sport." Freeskier mag online editor Lampert rounds out the trio.
J.F. Bruegger, Vanessa Aadland, Colter Hinchliffe, Austin Nelson
"J.F. is a magnificent beast that rears his beautiful mane in public from time to time," says friend Katrina Devore of Bruegger, an Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club big-mountain coach, elk slayer and all-around bada--. "When graced by his presence, bacon (or elk) scent and wolf shirts, it's hard to feel anything but awe." Utah-based pro skier (and spreader of good vibes) Aadland says of "world-famous shred master" Hinchliffe, "So happy for my boy Coulter. He works hard and definitely deserves to be on the big screen!" Nelson, whose Polaroid portrait was shot by Hinchliffe, has moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears, but has pursued his passion for skiing as a member of the U.S. Deaf Ski and Snowboard Association, medaling in the Winter Deaflympics.
Meredith McKee, Pat Sewell, Laura Betti, Meaghan Lynch
McKee works PR, social media and content creation for Aspen Snowmass, and slays it on skis and a bike, too. She's joined here by local pro skier/ambassador of fun Sewell, his girlfriend, Betti, and Lynch, who's the PR coordinator for the hosts of The Meeting, Aspen Skiing Company. "Pat Sewell, keeping ski culture alive with his smooth turns, party style and dreamboat hair," offers local artist/photog Tony Prikryl.
Max Santeusanio, Leah Fielding, Whit Boucher
Aspen, Colo.-based freelance journalist, vegetarian and eater/creator of spicy foods Fielding is flanked by Santeusanio -- ski photographer, poacher and cool bus manager for Sweetgrass Productions -- at left and Boucher -- Aspen-based artist, shredding skier and Strafe team manager -- at right.
Fielding Miller, Adam Moszynski, Max Santeusanio, Nick Waggoner
Miller -- account manager at Backbone Media, Aspen, Colo., local and the guy with the biggest grin on his face -- drapes an arm around Moszynski, a local ski mountaineer, sommelier and the owner of Bare Layers, which makes bamboo first layers. Waggoner, owner of Sweetgrass Productions, says of Santeusanio, far right, "Max is the most capable 20-year-old I've ever met. He takes photos, woos women and sneaks into bars with equal determination, focus and success. He works 22 hours a day, powered by hot dogs. He's a machine." "Waggoner has opened many doors for me and taught me a great deal since I started working with him," Santeusanio counters. "If I had to describe working with Nick in one statement, it would be 'Never a dull moment.'"
Seth Berman, Jacqui Edgerly, Travis McClane, Steele Spence
Damian Quigley shot this photo of Berman, who co-founded Freeskier magazine -- of which Quigley is currently the editor. "[Berman's] the man that helped pave the road I walked down," he says respectfully. Edgerly, a ski athlete and master of positive vibrations and healing arts, sets up the frame for McClane -- owner of Radio Boardshop, announcer, head snowboard coach for Aspen Ski & Snowboard Club and full-throttle charger -- and Spence -- legendary rail master, freeski judge and the nicest dude you'll ever meet.
Izm White, Scotty Arnold, Justin "Jersey" Gordon, Doran Laybourn
Hip-hop artist IZM White, far left, has toured with Ghostface Killa, who is slated to appear on his upcoming release. He takes a moment with legendary pro snowboarder Arnold, "Jersey" Gordon and pro snowboarder Laybourn, who watched White perform as the opener for a Mobb Deep show in Aspen earlier this summer.
Jake Black, Nate Abbott
Black -- Breckenridge, Colo.-based artist, snowboarder, writer and tamer of Hog Johnson -- gets the thumbs-up from Abbott -- Freeski magazine editor, Twitter agitator and creator of beautiful imagery.
Aspen, Colo., artist, photographer and cinematographer.
Fielding Miller, Ian Durkin, Pete & John Gaston
Backbone Media's Miller in his element with Durkin, curator of creative content at Vimeo, and the twins Gaston, co-owners of Strafe Outerwear and masters of human performance.
Greg Strokes, Meghan Grabow, Tess Weaver Strokes, "Digi" Dave Amirault, Jamie Starr, Curt Hokanson
Amirault, who heads up his own digital-marketing business in Aspen, Colo., frames the first Strokes child-to-be. Any offspring of Greg, the international ski-sports marketing manager for Oakley, and Tess, a freelance journalist with ski-industry roots, is bound to be overachieving in the outdoors at an early age. Grabow, aka Bone Crusher, who recently relocated from the Pacific Northwest, makes it a party with Starr and Hokanson, representing Spyder Clothing.