Telluride and Aahhh’s
26 Years Later the Blizzard of Aahhh’s Packs the
Sheridan Opera House
The ski movie that was potentially the last film for the Greg Stump Productions crew “The Blizzard of Aahhh’s” played last week in Telluride at the Sheridan Opera House to over 250 people. Half the crowd was dressed in 80’s fashions and it was a party at the Opera House. Scott Kennett, Rasta Stevie and myself were the only BOA alumni to attend. We were all three living in Telluride back in the day and appear in the famous T-ride segment which dances between Rasta Stevie talking about pro-conscious development and Kennett reminiscing about “deep December 1983.” Great powder shots of Scott Rawles, me (in my yellow SOS with red and green trim), Dogwood Aguirre, Lynne Wieland, Sheilagh Roufa and Will Wasson show many aspects of Telluride terrain, including the old lift 6 trees.
The classic ski movie might have been the last Greg Stump film if it didn’t achieve some minimal success. But, the movie got more attention than any of our previous films and seemed to take on a life of it’s own. Needless to say, we went on to make “License to Thrill” and several others while the legend of “Blizzard” kept growing. Blizzard has influenced countless skiers like Shane McConkey, Chris Davenport and Tanner Hall and a whole generation of action sports filmmakers. Greg has recently released a film called Legend of Aahhh’s that has received much critical acclaim. That film chronicles the impact that Blizzard of Aahhh’s has had on society.
Showing this 25-year-old film in Telluride on the big screen was a unique event. It was nice to have my son and daughter Kalissa and Josh Stump see the film in front of a live audience. It was made before they were born, but for their entire lives they have watched people come up to me and talk about how that film affected their lives. Scott Kennett remarked that “seeing it on the big screen really brought out the cinematography and the story. It was really Greg’s Masterpiece.”
Event promoter Travis Julia had some great prizes and was very pleased with the turn out. The crowd was a mix of Telluride “old guard” and many new faces. As always, the people of Telluride treated my family and me very well and I’m looking forward to our next visit. Thanks to all who put together the BOA showing and I hope we can do it again someday.