The snow hasn’t really been falling, I believe it has something to do with the Winter Olympics being held in Vancouver. Otherwise the weather knows we’re here with a camera and has got shy. We’ve been camped out in Nelson for over a week now waiting for some good snow to drop. In the meantime we have hiked into free natural hot springs at sunset, had the sled run out of fuel and left it overnight and got some skiing done after long hikes into the backcountry.
I put together these 2 little clips of the day we hiked into the back bowls of Whitewater. Whitewater is a ski area on the outskirts of Nelson, BC and it only has 2 lifts. Don’t let the fact it only has 2 lifts fool you into thinking it’s a small resort. From those 2 lifts there is an incredible amount of backcountry terrain on offer. You just have to be prepared to put your skins or snowshoes on and hike for it and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. We were finally rewarded with some great powder skiing of the west slopes of Mt Ymir behind the Whitewater ski area.
Here’s a couple of short clips of me and Henry skiing yesterday, just a bit of a teaser of the powder runs we filmed and hope to film more of.
Finally I have got a web version sorted of the video I made at the Serac Adventure Film School. It took a few days because I’ve been traveling pretty much non stop since the course ended. I jumped in with a fellow student of the film school who was driving back to the San Francisco area. He was planning to do some BASE jumping and he owned a Canon 7D, so I couldn’t resist the chance to film him in action with and play around with an awesome camera.
Anyway here is the film which I busted out within 7 days and I’m pretty happy with it, it showed me if you plan well you can actually get something half decent created in a short period of time. Forecast: Joel Gratz from Jack McCowan on Vimeo.
Adventure Film School has finished and every student created an adventure film from concept to public screening in one week. It was an amazing experience! The Serac Instructors were in a word AWESOME, they have a wealth of adventure film knowledge which they passed onto every student. I believe they went above and beyond, taking a personal interest in every student as well as organising, packing and cooking for us all, this allowed us to be fully focused on our own films.
I decided to do a short character piece on local Boulder identity and weatherman Joel Gratz. I could really identify with his story of ditching the corporate job and going out on ones own. Joel is a meteorologist, fanatical skier and entreupeneur, so with all that in mind he has launched a website called coloradopowderforecast.com. He offers his readers a local snow forecast allowing them to be fully informed of where the best skiing and snow conditions are in Colorado. With the fickle weather and so much great skiing to be had in Colorado it’s not an easy task but Joel takes all the numbers and technical weather data he can get his hands on to then provide a forecast which is also an entertaining read.
I tried to make a short film which highlighted the personality of Joel and what the motivation was behind his decision to quit his job. Joel was nice enough to let me crash on his couch after the snow camping portion of the school which was awesome because I don’t think I could have faced the Boulder Hostel again. I think he really wanted to keep an eye on me as I put together the film, he was great though. I don’t think I could handle someone following me around with a camera for three days to then have myself put up on a big screen for everyone to watch. Thanks Joel! VIDEO COMING SOON…
Thanks also go to the Serac Adventure Film School for inviting me to come along to this awesome event, I really appreciate all the help I recieved from them and everything I learnt on the course. Also thanks go to Icebreaker who were kind enough to sponsor me again to fly to the otherside of the world in pursuit of a dream. All the students and instructors were over the moon at receiving an Icebreaker thermal top.
Well I’m in the Vancouver airport with winter olympic athletes walking around the place and I’m getting ready to go film a ski film in BC. Stay tuned for more…