KGB Productions premiered its two-year project filmed entirely in Wyoming on Saturday night in Jackson. Appropriately named Wyoming Triumph (and appropriately premiered, perhaps, at The Pink Garter Theater), the film captured one of the worst winters in Wyoming history (2009-10) followed by one of the best (2010-11), going by snowfall totals. Instead of ranting about the highlights of the film—including but not limited to Matt Luczkow’s backflip that had to be pushing 100 feet, Trevor Hiatt spinning and flipping off of everything, or the dramatic cable-cam shots of backcountry pillow lines—I thought I’d take a different approach to this review.
If you’re looking for a blow-by-blow recap of the film followed by some sort of numeric assessment or letter grade, you won’t find it here. What you will find: What the KGB crew did differently, what makes it unique, and what it took to produce the film.
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10. A whiskey company might be the best non-endemic (but sort of endemic) sponsor for a ski film.
9. Even with three (ski) production companies in Jackson, they all still figure out unique ways to film terrain that’s been filmed countless times.
8. Being a full-time ski racer doesn’t mean you can’t film a banger segment, as Max Hammer proves.
7. Intermittently throwing in shots of baby buffalo and puppies will stoke the crowd probably more than it should.
6. Despite its popularity in the summer, Yellowstone is pretty much untouched in the winter.
5. The added motion of cable-cam shots make them well worth the time and effort required to set them up.
4. A Wyoming ranch offers a surprising amount of jibbing options.
3. Apparently, there’s more to ski in Wyoming than the Teton Range.
2. With enough people committed to the same goal, persistence will pay off (although in Wyoming, you might need a couple of years).
1. In the quest to go to the most remote places on earth to film, some of the greatest adventures are right under are noses, and still lay untouched.
‘WYOMING TRIUMPH': TRAILER #2—