One of the most talked about films in the snowsports community is headed to Grand Rapids this Saturday Dec. 10th. ALL.I.CAN from Sherpas will be premiering at Wealthy Theatre – a cross between a skier’s dream and an environmental action flick.  I recently was introduced to Jack Gray, the guy behind the GR show, and had an opportunity to catch up with him over a couple fine Michigan craft brews to learn more about the film and how he decided to show it.
Courtesy of Sherpas
Having been a skier most of his life, with family roots back to Park City and shop experience at Sun & Snow in Ann Arbor, Jack is no stranger to the outdoors or snowsports. Through our discussions I learn more about ALL.I.CAN and have a better understanding of what Sherpas’ is trying to convey.  Jack explained it to me in a way that made sense, it’s about 2 communities that don’t overlap as much as you’d expect.  It’s more about how the individuals who share a love for the outdoors and the environment can work together to preserve what we have, not stop doing what we enjoy.

ALL.I.CAN showcases some amazing cinematography and athletic talent all produced over the past 2 years and possibly some of the best footage in a ski move to date. Steep terrain, burly drops, heli’s, cats and even a sweet snowmobile session to get you amped.

Jack tells me the he wanted to bring this film to the community in the hopes that the two groups (skier / enviro) can see the commonalities that are shared between them and increase your own passion to get out there and do something. By involving industry sponsors such as Marhar Snowboards, EpicPlanks, Bill & Paul’s, Nordica, and local environmental groups like the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Michigan League of Conservation Voters, this is a great opportunity for you to not only see a great ski flick, but to be involved in both these communities and see what they are doing for our sport.

As I reflect back on the past 23 years of my skiing career, I can’t help to think about the changes that have taken place in the snowsports world and the impact this has had on me. Equipment changes that influenced technique and style, advancements in snowmaking and improved ski resort management, high speed lifts and progressive terrain.  In one form or another all of these items have impacted the way you and I take to the hills.  Perhaps I’m getting older and more aware of my surroundings, but a part of me cannot help to think about items other than these modern advancements and luxuries.  The outdoors, the hills, mountains and powder filled tree runs – what would you do without these?

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