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Vintage Ski Movie: The First Snowboard on Film?

Posted by Mark Piquette on Apr 5, 2011 8:00:00 AM

I am not 100% sure on this...but I think this is the first, if not one of the first, snowboard segments caught on film.  

This is a segment from the Dick Barrymore movie Canadian Mountain Odyssey that Dick shot for Hans in the early 80's.  It features Dick's son Blake, AKA Ted Shred, on a very early Burton Snowboard.

From an interview Dick Barrymore did in 2000: "They brought a collection of snow props to the Monashees in British Columbia and Blake decided to try a new Burton snowboard they had bought at an instructor's discount of $40.

The Burton board had little fins on the back. It's nothing like a snowboard today. It had a rope on the front that you held onto with a handle on it," Barrymore explains. Blake took out his Sorels, jumped on that board and took off. "He never had a bad turn on it," says Barrymore.

There is a lot of history in this segment but two things stand out for me.

One, you can see how the snowboard, even this early version, allowed the rider completely different experience from the skiers. I am a skier. I have snowboarded three times in my life. It was fun but I like skiing a lot more. That said, I am thankful for the push that snowboarding gave to skiing.   I think about the line-up of K2 Skis we have now and I can see the progression from this early segment to today.

The second thing that sticks out- you can already see the snowboarding vs.skiing thing beginning.  Check out Ted flying down through the tracks and blowing right by the skiers. For the most part this rivalry has been put to rest...although I see it flare occasionally at a lodge. If you are now in your 40's you have pretty much been around snowboarding most of your skiing life so it really is not an issue. Plus, per the first point above, skis have progressed so much they are now as good, if not better (especially if there is a traverse involved), tool in the hel-ski world.

Hope you enjoy a little history.


Topics: ski film, vintage, Monashees, Snowboarding

Vintage CMH Heli-Ski Films: Rediscovering the Past

Posted by Mark Piquette on Jan 24, 2011 9:00:00 AM

In the late 70's and early 80's Dick Barrymore, legendary ski movie maker, came to CMH and with Hans created some really great movies about heli-skiing. The movies, Heli-Skiing, Canadian Mountain Odyssey and Heli High, are a lot of fun to watch. The soundtracks are just classic.  A mix of music right out of a John Ford western, a little disco thrown in and some early electronic for good measure. The movies have not been seen for along time outside of a few people at CMH.  I thought it was high time they were "discovered" again.  Over the next couple of months I will post segments of the movies here on the blog.  

This post is from the movie "Heli-Skiing" (I wonder what it is about?). The opening 6 minutes gives a pretty good history of how Hans started out and the building of the Bugaboo Lodge.

Sit back and check out the history of this incredible sport.  If you happen to be in any of these movies drop me a line...I would love to hear more history about how it all went down.

If you are chasing your 15 minutes of fame, join CMH Heli-Skiing and K2 Skis at the Monashees March 12-19, 2011 where we'll be filming the 62nd Warren Miller Entertainment ski movie. So, what are you waiting for? Dig out your old Bogner 1-piece and join the action!

Topics: ski film, vintage, Bugaboo Lodge, heli-skiing