This is the second year of Santa Fe’s Winter Fiesta which runs through the week. I didn’t make it to any events last year but did notice its inaugural launch. On the second go-around this year the organizers seem to really have things together - lots of promotions, lots of visibility. The whole thing is a great idea as far as I see it.
So I bring this up because the Mrs. and I made it out to a Winter Fiesta screening of a big-mountain ski movie last night at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion. The film was All.I.Can, one of this year’s Banff Film Festival champion films. The film’s takeaway was generally that young stoner-skiers from British Columbia should most definitely not be fucked with. These dudes will casually lob a backflip midway through some of the steepest scariest descents on the planet, stomp the landing and ski off. I had previously posted a less-adrenaline inducing clip from the film with JP Auclair and some do-it-yourself-terrain-park freestyle street-skiing that was fantastic. View the film's trailer here.
The screening was great and there was a pretty sizable local crowd the showed up to watch it (maybe 200-plus?). Pre-screening raffle prizes included lift passes to Taos (nearly cried when I came up empty on this one), six-packs from Santa Fe Brewing Co. (bit of sniffle), gear from REI Santa Fe, and ski helmets from Santa Fe Mountain Sports. A Blake’s LotaBurger lunchwagon was setup outside the Pavilion serving burgers and fires which I thought was pretty sweet.
Tickets were discounted at the door with a Winter Fiesta pass. There was a convenient promotion booth also at the door where you could win a Winter Fiesta pass and the wife hit the jackpot for us both. The passes provide discounts to other Fiesta events including this Friday’s WinterBrew Fest presented by the New Mexico Brewers Guild (yes!), a lift-pass to Ski Santa Fe, discounted day pass to Santa Fe’s Climbing Gym, and deals for various area happy-hours. The Winter Fest guys and participating area businesses seem to have really done a first-rate job putting a focus on things in Santa Fe that kick a lot of ass. All of this is a welcome development.
A sweet stop-motion video short about a caveman guy that can rip.
Salomon's Freeski - The Man and a Mammoth