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October 9, 2013
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'Elevation' takes a look at the rise of backcountry

The joys of splitboarding, skinning and just plain walking up a mountain to catch fresh powder turns will be the focus of a film tour making stops in Tahoe City and Truckee this week.

“Elevation: A Backcountry Film,” by Utah’s PowderWhore Productions, explores the growing interest in backcountry skiing and snowboarding in places all over the West including Wyoming, Oregon and Alaska.

“Before resorts, lift tickets and overpriced pizza, there was adventure in skiing,” according to the production company. “Before the mountains were harnessed with lifts, bound with ropes and scarred with designated runs, they were wild. Actions with consequences were chosen and the individual was held responsible. No liability forms or waivers. The lifts came and made the mountains small, tame and in time, boring.”

The film examines how skiers and snowboarders have pushed the boundaries of skiing and snowboarding beyond what can be found at ski resorts.

“The backcountry is the imagination unleashed and you get out what you put in,” a press release promoting the film reads. “There are real boundaries and limitations though; avalanches, exposure to the elements, conditions and fatigue all challenge one to grow in knowledge, patience and fitness. The joy comes in discovering these limitations, moving through fear and exploring beyond. Putting in the perspiration and inspiration leads to ELEVATION.”

The film includes Jason and Andy Dorais attempting to set speed skiing records on the Grand Teton and Mount Rainier, Andrew McLean exploring the Ruth Gorge of Alaska, Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough in their backyard range of the Tetons, Will Cardamone and Charlie Cannon holing up for turns in a hut deep in Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains and Neil and Ian Provo in the Tordrillo Mountains highlighting the seemingly endless big lines and deep powder of Alaska.

“This movie is part ski porn, part documentary and a full on propaganda piece promoting the joys and wonder of exploring on skis and split-board,” according to promoters. “What we lack in flashy graphics, hi-tech camera gear and helicopter budgets, we make up for with try-hard. Capturing wild mountains and those willing to put in the time, education, respect and energy that they demand is our pleasure.”

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