The Meeting Wraps Up With A Bang in Aspen/Snowmass
Friday kicked off with many a hangover from the previous nights party at Belly up with the Burton Snowboards crew. Despite the headaches, booze sweats and foggy memories, everyone headed over to the actual meeting part of The Meeting 7.
That's right, actual meetings go down at this festival of music, movies and booze. This year's panel discussions got cracking early. Topics covered included: 2014 Olympics, Rethinking Sustainability and Social Marketing.
Heading up to the top of Ajax to catch Voleurz' That's Fine | Photo: Jeremy Swanson
After the panels wrapped up attendees headed over to The Art of Flight premiere at the Opera House. Again, Travis and the crew showed off their movie to the masses with a great response. Loud shrieks of joy and awe rang out as riders put down some of the heaviest tricks out there. It was another successful Art of Flight premiere but now it was time to party.
As the gondola started running an excited mob of fans, media and athletes headed up the Silver Queen to catch Voleurz's That's Fine in true premiere fashion, at the top of Ajax Mountain. It's not an everyday occurrence that one gets to experience, but watching movies and partying at the top of Ajax until 2am isn't a bad thing. It was epic to say the least. The stars were shining, great movies were playing and a bonfire was lit as we crowded around to stay warm and party down.
As the movies wrapped up we made our way down to the one and only Gant Hotel for a little after partying. Big thanks to these guys for putting up with a bunch of media and athletes late into the night. If you let us back it won't happen again… maybe.
The following day kicked off with Red Bull's Bump n' Grind go cart racing at Aspen's Racing and Sport Car Club in Woody Creek. It was all to familiar as three years ago at The Meeting we got a little rowdy and were asked to not come back. But, with new management in place we were back in full force and boy did we have a good time.
Some aggressive go-karting went down as Aspen and Red Bull
teamed up at Aspen's Raceing and Sport Car Club | Photo: Jeremy Swanson
These carts could haul and we took it to the limit. Target gave out gift cards from $100 – $300 for the fastest three times. Contour had cameras to test out as well as plenty of beer. Red Bull hooked it up and we put it down.
After we boogied around the race course and crashing into various objects, some much needed down time and dinner was needed. Next up would be Givin's One premiere followed by Standard's TB20 both of which had a great response. Forrest Bailey, Aaron Bittner and Kimmy Fasani made appearances to represent their parts in the movies and after they ended it was to be another night of drunken debauchery.
We kicked off the Part at The Belly Up with Videograss' Retrospect and Pirate Movie Productions' Bottom Line. Both proved to be insanely good videos and The Pirates killed the soundtrack once again. Two movies you should not miss. After they took down the big screen Lance Herbstrong (formally Theivery Corporation's tour manager) put on a show that everyone would remember (probably not). The crowd was pumped up and people danced hard into the night. Plenty of drinks were put down as the last night of The Meeting wraped up. Untill next time Aspen…
Tess Weaver compiled some of the highs and lows of the weekend from various industry persons:
Wade Hoyt, Standard Films
High: Checking out the fall colors, the terrain and the essence of Aspen.
Low: 11 hrs travel to get home to Tahoe.
Justine Spence, Keystone Resort
High: Getting to see all the hard work from last season come to fruition as well as feeling the positive energy around the upcoming winter season.
Low: Saying goodbye to everyone and knowing the next time I see them will be in the swing of the crazy winter schedule.
Pat McIlvain, Oakley
High: After The Ordinary Skier screening and fly fishing on the Colorado, I’d say it was my late-night pool shot at Eric’s.
Low: A hangover with no available breakfast spot in town.
Tricia Byrnes, Snowboard Industry
High: Inspired by the real filmmaking of The Art of Flight and The Ordinary Skier, both of which are taking action sports films to the next level.
Low: Realizing I’ve seen so many shred flicks that I’m no longer impressed by double corks, running avalanches or epic terrain.
Kevin Kruse, EPS Doublet
High: The Ordinary Skier screening and a road bike ride to Ashcroft.
Low: Driving out of Aspen Sunday morning.
Sally Franklyn, Skinet.com
High: Mountain biking up Smuggler to enjoy a view of Aspen, glowing in its fall foliage. Also, seeing a crop of shred flicks that explored beyond the steep and deep, that dissected why we all do what we do.
Low: Saying bye to new friends.
Seth Morrison, Skier
High: Seeing all the excited people ready for the upcoming season and the great weather allowing for mountain biking and seeing the peak of the fall foliage.
Low: How one feels after drinking for 12 hours.
Chris Davenport, Skier and Aspen resident
High: The social media panel. It touched on all sorts of topics that I found relevant to my job as a pro-skier, especially the use of various platforms to optimize my interaction with followers and fans.
Low: After Thursday and Friday nights, I was ready for a break so I took the boys up to our cabin in Marble to chill.
Shay Williams, Freeskier Magazine
High: TGR and Voleurz screenings on top of Ajax. It's not often you get a party and two movie premieres on top of a mountain.
Low: That the bars close at 2 am, generally. Aspen needs to change that.
Ian Fohrman, The Public Works
High: Spending time watching films, partying, and playing outside in one of my favorite places in the world with the creative, fun, inspirational people we're lucky enough to call friends.
Lows: Leaving. Ending anything this fun always sucks. It’s even worse when the Glenwood PD almost puts you in jail for having a headlight out.