1999 stands as one of the finest winters in Sierra history, and Scott Gaffney (above in 1997) was there to capture it. From rowdy lines to ridiculous hilarity, from the dawn of a new age in freestyle to deep powder, from huge whitewater to hucking mothers, it’s all in this underground 16mm film that wowed viewers and critics alike.
Scott commented, “It’s a miracle! 1999 is actually here! What??? In honor of my brother kicking cancer’s ass and my mom charging on after a recent heart attack, this hilarious (read “juvenile”), groundbreaking (dated), cinematic juggernaut (low-budget dirtbag ski film) I made with a bunch of friends that was named “movie of the year” (that part is true) 21 years ago is finally in digital form. Tons of Squaw in one of the best years ever, stream skiing pioneering, Shane McConkey doing 73 switch backflips and the first-ever switch fronts, my Mom sending it at Bridger Bowl, a young Jonny Moseley and even younger JT Holmes, big water paddling on the Ottawa River, 15 year old phenom CR Johnson, Berthoud Pass, snowlerblade commercials, bad acting…there’s all kinds of goodness within. Enjoy!”
Here’s to hoping that in the next 20 years Scott will manage to get a couple of my other old films up! Keep making skiing fun Scott!
Photo Scott Gaffney