Vail: The Rise of America's Iconic Ski Resort (2012)
In 1962, a remote mountain valley was transformed into a ski resort that is now loved by milions. It all started when local boy Earl Eaton showed 10th Mountain Veteran Pete Seibert the vast open bowls on the backside of what is now Vail Mountain. Pete was overwhelmed, and knew he had found his dream. Seibert and his fellow pioneers acquired the land and forest service approvals. It wasn't long before ski bums and millionaires arrived and gave their heearts and souls to making Vail a reality. Nothing was easy. Vail's early residents faced more challenges than they ever could have imagined. Narrator, Matt Lauer.
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Sentinel: The West Face (1961)
1961. Two of the world's best rock climbers, Yvon Chouinard and Royal Robbins. Two days of agony and ecstasy. Two dimensions; straight up and straight down. The summit; an opening experience, a gift of grace. A poetic narration unites the physical and noetic act.
Nzuri: East Africa (1969)
These are Summit's most well-known ski films, including an early film with ski ace and comic, Fred Iselin, all on one disk. The stars are Swiss Olympic Gold medal winner Roger Staub, aerial acrobatic skiers Herman Gollner and Tom Leroy, and ballet skiers Suzy Chaffee and Art Furrer. Films include:
Ski The Outer Limits (1969)
"Ski The Outer Limits" is a poetic exploration of man's "conquest of the useless," his quest to expand the limists of his abilities. Racing, clowning, teaching, flipping and flying - the world's finest skiers define their limits. A philosophical narration brings the story home to anyone wishing to explore their limits.
The Incredible Skis (1968)
The serendipitous invention of magic skis facilitates Art Furrer's escape from drab reality into pristine fantasy. He joins the other stars on an odyssey through the Rockies and the Alps. It's a children's story.
The Moebius Flip (1970)
A science fiction fantasy on skis with spectacular glacier skiing, extraordinary acrobatics, unique optical effects, and an original score. The world's polarity is mysteriously reversed, requiring the skiers to regain the realm of normal perception by performing maneuvers inspired by the ambiguous nature of the "Moebius Strip."
The Great Ski Chase (1971)
A hilarious updated version of Hannes Schneider's classic chase film of the 30's. The villain and ski thief, Fred Iselin, is pursued tthrough Vail, Jackson Hole, and Chamonix in France.
Yoo Hoo, I'm A Bird (1967)
A skiing comedy. Bon vivant Fred Iselin visits Sun Valley and the Rocky Mountain resorts, acting out his fantasies for anyone who will listen.
Filmed in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Beginning with Genesis, the film follows the progress of civilization through to modern day Nairobi. Biblical themes combine with pulsating African music, wild animal sounds, and vivid imagery. Unusual juxtapositions of Bob Fulton's quick cuts and Brown's big lens shots of mega fauna and tribal dances mesmerize viewers.
Challenges; mental, physical, both? How far can you go? How fast? What’s it like to go three days without food and companionship? To run 15 miles, to climb a 14,000 foot mountain, to navigate in dense forest or open ocean, to rappel down a vertical cliff, or sleep in the snow? Teenagers find out in Outward Bound Schools throughout the country. The result is a positive sense of self and the natural environment. The film is fast paced with intentional disregard for time and space continuity. The students tell the story.
This feature length theatrical documentary follows a cinematographer and his girlfriend as they document and sometimes participate in adventure sports; freestyle skiing, white water kayaking, surfing giant waves, diving with sharks, hang gliding in the Bugaboos, and climbing the walls in Yosemite Valley, and on Mt. Kenya in Africa. It was an impetus for the “extreme” movement that has followed.
Western Ranching: Culture in Crisis (1993)
The Audubon Society launches a misguided attempt to force Western ranchers off the public lands. This film documents the rancher’s struggle to save their livelihood and way of life.
The Sierra Club and other environmental groups try to stop logging on Public Lands. Mills close and hundreds of small loggers and mill operators loose their jobs because of the not so “endangered” Spotted Owl. Meanwhile bad logging practices accelerate in other parts of the world to meet the American demand for wood. Nick and Roger Brown do not pull any punches. It is a controversial film that will upset some.
Book: Requiem For The West (2004)
Roger Brown does some soul searching as he looks at events that have been shaping the American West during his lifetime. Former Governor Richard Lamm introduces the book and contributes a chapter. Neither Brown nor Lamm pull any punches. They tell it as they see it.
Vail: The Rise of America's Iconic Ski Resort
Director's Cut (2013)
This 2-hour version includes fun stories and characters not included in the 1-hour PBS television production.
In 1962, a remote mountain valley was transformed into a ski resort that is now loved by milions. It all started when local boy Earl Eaton showed 10th Mountain Veteran Pete Seibert the vast open bowls on the backside of what is now Vail Mountain. Pete was overwhelmed, and knew he had found his dream. Seibert and his fellow pioneers acquired the land and forest service approvals. It wasn't long before ski bums and millionaires arrived and gave their heearts and souls to making Vail a reality. Nothing was easy. Vail's early residents faced more challenges than they ever could have imagined. Narrator, Nicolas Brown.
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Jackson Hole - Skiing Pioneers
This 30-minute documentary is the story of Barry Corbet and the first flips into Corbet's Couloir and Bill Brigs's ski decent of the Grand Teton.
This is a story about the native peoples in America, and four centuries of European settlement. Material growth and progress on one hand and the destruction of wilderness, National Monuments, and the oppression of indigenous cultures on the other.
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