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39 Years of the Ski Resort Celebrated
39 YEARS OF THE SKI RESORT CELEBRATED
Greg Stump’s long-awaited final cut of “Legend of Aahhh’s,” to premiere.
Telluride, Colorado (January 31, 2012) – The Sheridan Arts Foundation, Telluride Historical Museum, Bootdoctors and Travis Julia Presents will celebrate the Telluride Ski Resort’s 39th anniversary, at the Sheridan Opera House, on February 9 and 10 with two nights of special guests and world premieres, including a highly anticipated debut of a Greg Stump original ski film.
The first of the two premieres will debut “Super Cut: 39 Years of Telluride in Ski Movies,” an epic montage of ski footage shot in and around Telluride, vintage commercials and movie scenes featuring locals. Dean Rolley, Telluride’s resident Audio Visual guru, has spent months splicing together footage along with local ski film icon Scott Kennett and Travis Julia.
“We’re going to unveil some really good stuff, including the Winter Olympic Visa commercials; three different beer commercials and an MTV video featuring Roudy Roudebush as a pilot and a cameo from Ruby the mountain lion,” said Rolley.
Films featured in “Super Cut,” include a spattering of Warren Miller classics; “Scrapple,” a fictional story set in Telluride; and Greg Stump’s “The Good, The Rad, and The Gnarly,” “Maltese Flamingo,” and “Blizzard of Aahhh’s.”
Rolley, who boasts an impressive library of his own, received additional gems from the archives of Scott Ransom and Tim Territo.
Kennett, famous for skiing in films alongside his dog Zudnick, and Stump, who helped put the ski resort on the map, will be in attendance to introduce segments.
The following night, February 10, Stump will unveil his long-awaited, semi-autobiographical “Legend of Aahhh’s.”
Stump is best known for his 1988 flick, “Blizzard of Aahhh’s,” which prominently featured Telluride and was voted “Number One Ski Film of All Time,” by the Ski Channel and Skiing Magazine.
Stump’s films are widely credited for moving ski films from the documentary genre and into the action film genre.
“Blizzard of Aahhh’s” started it all!” said Travis Julia. “It was not only the first glimpse of extreme skiing, but a window into the future of skiing movies.”
Twenty five years after his breakthrough film, Stump returns to his stomping grounds to explore the history of ski film—from Leni Riefenstahl’s first ski movie in the 1930’s through today’s sponsor-drenched, high-definition thrillers—and document the influence the genre has had on big-mountain skiing, pop culture, and the birth of the extreme sports movement.
With interviews from Warren Miller, Dick Barrymore, Otto Lang, John Jay and Klaus Obermeyer, paired with ski turns from Scot Schmidt, Glen Plake, Mike Hattrup, Lynne Wieland, and others; Stump’s latest film promises to shed new light on the evolution of skiing and ski film production.
And with a soundtrack from Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real—that’s Willie Nelson’s 22 year-old prodigal son and his ripping band—Fort Knox Five, and Bran Van 3000, “Legend” is in a genre of its own.
Tickets are $15 a piece per night and benefit the Sheridan Arts Foundation and Telluride Historical Museum. Shows are general admission, and all ages are welcome. Tickets can be purchased online at sheridanoperahouse.com or by calling the Sheridan Opera House box office at 970.728.6363 x5.
39 Years of the Ski Resort CelebratedJanuary 2012Greg Stump’s long-awaited final cut of “Legend of Aahhh’s,” to premiere.
The Roots of Modern Civilization, in Our Own Backyard
THE ROOTS OF MODERN CIVILIZATION, IN OUR BACKYARD
Telluride Historical Museum and Pinhead Institute offer lecture on Mesa Verde’s Neolithic Revolution
Telluride, Colorado (January 16, 2012) – Perhaps the world’s best documented case of the Neolithic Revolution, which marked the shift from hunting and gathering to agriculture—possibly the most important transformation in human history—can be found in our own backyard: southwestern Colorado’s Mesa Verde region.
On Thursday, the Telluride Historical Museum and Pinhead Institute will host a Telluride Unearthed lecture exploring the roots of modern civilization in the Mesa Verde Region. During the vast majority of our time on earth, humans subsisted by hunting wild animals and collecting wild plants. About 10,000 years ago, people created the first domesticated foods. Agriculture developed independently in places like Papua New Guinea, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, and specifically at Mesa Verde, where maize farming was introduced.
Dr. Mark Varien, Chair of Research and Education at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado, will host the lecture. His work in the Mesa Verde region dates back to 1979. “The Pueblo Indians are some of the world’s most innovative and resilient societies,” said Varien.
The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center has conducted research into the deep history of Pueblo peoples since its founding in 1983. The origins of Pueblo society in the Mesa Verde region is the focus of the Center’s newest research initiative: The Basketmaker Communities Project, a multi-year excavation project focused on a dense concentration of sites dating to the Basketmaker III period (A.D. 600 – 725).
“We’ll be discussing the era when the first public architecture—great kivas—were invented. These buildings were used for community activities rather than domestic activities,” said Varien.
The Center’s plans include excavations at the Dillard Site, the location of the only known great kiva in the Mesa Verde region. Varien will speak about the project, share what deep Pueblo Indian history is being uncovered and discuss what the new research tells us about the Neolithic Revolution.
Telluride Unearthed is a collaborative lecture series intended to illuminate history through the lens of science. 2012 marks the seven years of collaboration between the museum and the Pinhead Institute.
The lecture begins at 6p.m., at the museum. Admission is $5. For more information visit telluridemuseum.org.
The Roots of Modern Civilization, in Our Own BackyardJanuary 2012Telluride Historical Museum and the Pinhead Institute offer lecture on Mesa Verde’s Neolithic Revolution
Historic Ski Tour Offers Unique Perspective
HISTORIC SKI TOURS OFFER UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE
More than a host, Johnnie Stevens is the attraction
Telluride, Colorado (January 11, 2012) – “Who here has ever had trouble getting to Telluride?” Johnnie Stevens asked a captive audience at a recent Historic Ski Tour.
Stevens was on his way to make one his favorite points: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
He executed the parody flawlessly—with an anecdote about a woman, 100 years ago, who finally arrives in Telluride, by train, in a condition she didn’t start off in: on the verge of childbirth.
Stevens is well-suited to share Telluride’s story. A life-time local, Stevens grew up skiing town’s only rope tow, powered a car engine. With time, Billy “Senior” Mahoney, 20 years his elder, would call Stevens’ parents to ask if their son could ski the back country with him.
“Johnnie Stevens is more than the host of the tours,” said Lauren Bloemsma, executive director of the Telluride Historical Museum, “he is the attraction.”
When the resort opened in 1972, Stevens was called on, along with Mahoney, to take on lead roles. Eventually Stevens would serve as Chief Operation Officer and in 2004 he was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
Historic Ski Tours are sponsored by the museum and The Peaks Resort and Spa. They’re free to the public, with a lift ticket, and leave The Peaks ski in/out location at 10 a.m. Tours are offered nearly every Monday. Tours last two hours and cover intermediate terrain.
IF YOU GO: Most Mondays 10a.m. Meet at The Peaks RSVP 970-728-3344x 2
Historic Ski Tour Offers Unique PerspectiveJanuary 2012More than a host, Johnnie Stevens is the attraction
Crawl Back in Time
CRAWL BACK IN TIME
The Telluride Historical Museum presents a Historic Pub Crawl.
Telluride, Colorado (January 9, 2012)– During Telluride’s most raucous era—around the turn of the last century—there was an unwritten rule that required a woman to enter through the side service door at the New Sheridan where she would then be held, in a waiting parlour, until her date was ready to dine.
Other Sheridan rules—Don’t shoot the Pianist!—were posted in plain site.
Throughout prohibition, it wasn’t uncommon for as much as nine tons of sugar to come through town without any of it making it to a grocery store. Telluride Whiskey, after all, was in high demand, even as far away as New York, or so claimed some proud Moonshiners.
During another infamous chapter in Telluride’s liquid history—the1970’s—the Gypsy Moon Saloon (today’s Fly Me to the Moon) boasted a full bar with a laundry-mat to boot.
On Thursday, the Telluride Historical Museum, with help from Telluride Theatre, will illuminate the town’s liquid history with a four-stop tour of Telluride’s most infamous haunts.
The Crawl kicks off with a free beer at the Telluride Historical Museum. Afterward, revisit the decade that gave birth to the ski bum at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon; tour the Sheridan Opera House, from the basement bath-house to the top level Vaudeville Bar; and finish at the New Sheridan Bar to discover the sacred and holy battleground of the Western Federation of Miners. All the while, special guests bring to life the long forgotten characters, stories and traditions of Telluride’s pioneer drinkers.
Tickets include a guided tour and beer stein with historic image. Drinks (accept the first one, at the museum) are not included. Hangovers are on the house!
RSVP: 728-3344×2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.