With a light dusting of snow on the mountains, a gray sky, and cool temps, Boulder, Colorado, was high last Friday with early-season stoke leading up to the world premiere of Matchstick Productions’ and Red Bull Media House's Days of My Youth, a ski movie that was two years in the making. Flannel-clad Boulderites mingled with the filmmakers, sponsors, and athletes for two sold-out shows at the Boulder Theater.
Days Of My Youth is something different for MSP. It's definitely their most accessible ski movie. There's also more story, and world-class cameras and skiing that we’ve come to expect from MSP. But the message, about skiing keeping us young, brings the film to a level that any skier of any age or ability can appreciate.
Here are five things to watch for in Days Of My Youth.
1. Themes rather than athletes and location define the segments. Ripping inbounds laps with your friends, fear, growing up, and growing old—the movie spoke to all these things. Granted, MSP didn't stray too far from their original formula with the scripted gimmicks, a signature of MSP movies since Shane McConkey, which keep the movie light-hearted, even if those moments are not genuine. So try not to roll your eyes when Michelle Parker, James Heim, and Mark Abma drop their beers.
2. MSP did a lot with not amazing conditions. "These past two years have been insane as far as difficulty with snow conditions wherever we go," Director Scott Gaffney said on stage as he introduced the athletes in attendance. A couple shots of blower snow and nipple-deep turns kicked off the movie, and there were a couple sweet hand-drags through sugar that got the crowd going, but mostly, it was the skiing and the Cineflex cameras that made this movie. "The pro skier life seems like one of those glamorous things in the world, these guys would say it's the best thing ever," Gaffney continued. "But at the same time, there's a lot of waiting around. There's a lot to endure."
3. Speaking of athletes, Cody Townsend was the movie's MVP, showing up in most of the segments with a style that shined in a range of conditions, whether he was ripping low-tide lines inbounds or nailing one of the most unique and dramatic straightlines I've ever seen. Ever.
4. James Heim's trip to Ecuador was a departure from the standard ski movie segment. There is zero skiing. But that segment's message—something along the lines of getting in over your head—was refreshing. You mean, pro skiers are not automatically serious ski mountaineers? They, too, don't always score perfect conditions? No turns were made off the high-altitude Ecuadorian summit. However, watching Heimer turn around and rappel frozen sun cups for thousands of feet was still gripping.
5. The resort segment, shot in Crested Butte and Snowbird, will probably go down in ski movie history, not quite up to the viral level as last year's naked skiing in Valhalla, but pretty dang close. It's not often you see another set of tracks, let alone moguls, in the starry world of ski movies. Sander Hadley throws a couple mean screamin’ semens, too.
From Boulder, Days Of My Youth embarked on an 80-city tour across the globe. For more information on the tour and the film, click over to MSP's website.