The Making of Monumental

Hear from the people behind "Monumental: Skiing our National Parks," on this episode of "The Storytellers" podcast

Last winter, POWDER sent athletes, filmmakers from KGB Productions, and photographers to five National Parks—Yellowstone, Olympic, Glacier, Yosemite, and Grand Teton—to celebrate their 100th Anniversary while highlighting the amazing skiable terrain and solitude that can only be found in these treasured places during the winter. The premiere of the film is on October 20, in Denver, followed by a nationwide tour.

In this special episode of “The Storytellers” podcast, presented by Powder Radio, host Sam Taggart interviews a cast of characters that helped make POWDER’s first feature-length film come to life. Executive producer John Stifter touches on the crucial historical details that made it into the final cut, while director and co-founder of KGB Productions, Chris Kitchen, discusses how the film provides essential advocacy for our National Parks.

“The film is about getting out, celebrating our public lands, utilizing them, and preserving them,” says Kitchen. “As skiers—as users of public lands—we have to be vocal in our advocacy for these places.”

Buy Monumental, the 142 page coffee table book full of glorious winter photos of our national parks for just $40.

Athletes Kalen Thorien and Griffin Post share the lasting impressions this project has left on them as skiers.

“I’m blown away by the National Parks in the winter because you go to these places like Yosemite, Grand Teton, and Glacier in the summer, and it’s like Disneyland with canned adventures,” says Post. “Six months later… it’s completely deserted. You’re just in Disneyland and nobody else is there.”

Finally, Scott Rinckenberger, a photographer on the Yellowstone and Olympic trips, talks about swimming naked and the challenges that come with taking pictures in such wild, unforgiving places.

Listen to the full podcast below.

PHOTO: Scott Rinckenberger

The world premiere of Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks is in Denver on October 20. Be sure to check the entire schedule and trailer below, and buy tickets to a stop near you. You can also buy the 142-page coffee table book, full of stunning imagery and personal essays right here.

10/20/2016
REI Store
Denver, CO
6:30 & 7:30pm

10/22/2016
REI Store
Salt Lake City, UT
7:30PM

10/23/2016
Whiskey Jacques
Sun Valley, ID
7pm

10/24/2016
The Pink Garter
Jackson Hole, WY
5:30 & 7:30pm

10/25/2016
The Ellen Theatre
Bozeman, MT
7pm

10/27/2016
Martin Woldson
Spokane, WA
7pm

10/28/2016
Millennium Place
Whistler, BC
7pm

11/2/2016
Tahoe Art Haus
Tahoe City, CA
5:30 & 7:30pm

11/3/2016
REI Store
Berkeley, CA
7:30pm

11/4/2016
La Paloma Theatre
Encinitas, CA
7pm

11/7/2016
Music Box Theatre
Chicago, IL
7pm

11/9/2016
Barrymore
Madison, WI
7PM

11/10/2016
St. Anthony Main
Minneapolis, MN
7pm

11/15/2016
Signal Kitchen
Burlington, VT
5:30 & 7:30pm

11/16/2016
Redhook Brewery
Portsmouth, NH
7pm

11/16/2016
Laurelhurst
Portland, OR
7pm (21+ ONLY)

11/17/2016
REI Store
Seattle, WA
7pm

11/18/2016
REI Store
Washington, DC
7pm

12/1/2016
REI Store
New York City, NY
7pm

Missed previous episodes of The Storytellers? You can find them right here. For even more Powder Radio, be sure to check out the “Sponsored” podcast, a weekly show that goes deep into the lives of professional skiers. and “Nausicaa Cast,” featuring skiing’s female leaders, including episode one with Ingrid Backstrom.