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The Meeting 7 storms through Aspen/Snowmass

Photos: Jeremy Swanson

Aspen/Snowmass was the place to be last weekend for the premier hype-up event of the season. In its seventh year, The Meeting has become the pre-season gathering for athletes, film makers, TM’s, media, marketers and industry folks of all types. This year’s event was no different as throngs of party animals descending into Aspen for the 3-day action packed event.

The NEPSA Awards kicked things off on Thursday and were held at the famed Wheeler Opera House. This is essentially a local film fest where contestants showed themed videos which were both hilarious and impressive. Taking the top spot and cool $2000 was Geoff Stump and Klaus Obermeyer for their film, An Extreme NEPSA Featuring Rick Dixon.

Following the awards, everyone switched gears to party mode and made their way to Belly Up for the D & E Fashion Show. The show was an entertaining way to scope out new kits as models strutted down the catwalk in winter’s hottest styles. Some of the outfits were a bit questionable, but in Aspen, anything goes. After the show, Burton screened their flick, Standing Sideways, which was warmly accepted. Then, Boulder’s Robotic Pirate Monkeys took the stage and let loose with bursts of electronic beats that had the crowd raging in uninhabited jubilance.

The next morning, attendees got down to a little business and made their way to the weekend’s headquarters at the Limelight Lodge for the actual meeting sessions. Three seminars were held on topics of the Olympics, Sustainability, and the ever-evolving world of social media.

Each session had their own panel of industry professionals who were more than willing to offer their useful insights. Highlights from each session include Circe Wallace’s honest opinion of FIS and the IOC, Auden Schendler’s sincere passion for sustainability and Dave Amirault and Eric Kuhn’s geek-out session about the up and coming trends in social media. All of the panels were well-attended and offered keen insight to the ever-evolving business behind snowsports.

With a bit of work under everyone’s belt, the weekend turned its focus to movie premieres and parties. Six films were screened on Friday night, including the sold-out showing of the Art of Flight. Travis Rice and crew made their way to the Wheeler Opera House and received a standing ovation after the film.

Following this, everyone dispersed throughout Aspen, before heading to the Silver Queen Gondola to catch a ride up to the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain for Voluerz’s That’s Fine, and TGR’s One For the Road. With drinks flowing and a bonfire raging outside, stoke was at an all time high. After the films, everyone downloaded the gondola and continued the party at several venues in throughout Aspen. The Regal, Silverqueen and Freeskier’s condo at the Gant were just a few places where the after-party erupted in excessive indulgence.

The next morning (which came a little too soon for many) Red Bull hosted the Bump n’ Grind Go Cart Racing at Aspen’s Racing and Sports Car Club in Woody Creek. Races were held throughout the day and several high-stakes rounds went down. Though there were many valiant efforts, Aspen’s Dave Amirault came out victorious in the biggest race of the day and won a $300 gift card to everyone’s favorite mega-chain, Target.

With the afternoon open, many set out and enjoyed the gorgeous fall weather through various outdoor activities. From mountain biking, hiking, and cliff jumping at the Punch Bowls, there’s no denying Aspen is the ultimate mecca for outdoor adventure, complete with breath-taking views all year long.

After a solid day, six additional films were shone on Saturday night. Standard Film’s TB20 and Oakley/1242’s The Ordinary Skier, were easily the most anticipated films of the night and lived up to the hype. After the final screenings at the Wheeler, many moseyed over to Belly Up to close the out Meeting 7 with one more night on the town. Lance Herbstrong took the stage and rocked out with radical riffs that had the crowd head-banging their way to the next level.

The Meeting 7 was filled with as much stoke and awesomeness that one can handle and definitely hyped everyone up for the approaching season.

Read on for the top tweets from industry peeps from the 3 day awesome Aspen adventure.

@CoachJanks Mike Jankowski- US Snowbaording coach
#TheMeeting7 in Aspen has been a blast. Thx @aspensnowmass! Great films, great peeps & what a town! Aspen in fall=stunning

@davidlaplante David LaPlante- Former Senior VP of One to One Inc.
I can’t throw enough thanks and props to @AspenSnowmass for an amazing weekend at #TheMeeting7. #awesome

@ozskier Dave Amirault- Aspen’s social media master, party ninja.
140 characters will never do justice to the day that I just had. #TheMeeting7 has been amazing. Thanks to all those involved.

@peterolenick Peter Olenick- Pro Skier/Partier
Loving the #meeting7 wish that someone would take the mic from @ozskier

@ellerybreck Ellery Hollingsworth- Pro shred
Great times in Aspen. Watched Standards film TB20 last night. @Kimmyfasani you are one inspiring lady, thank you for ripping

@MikeDski Mike Douglas- The “GodFather”
Good day of interesting discussions here at #TheMeeting7: Olympics, Sustainability & Social media w @ozskier @Kuhn @davidlaplante

@Darren_Rayner Darren Rayner- Pro skier
Thanks to @AspenSnowmass for the intense Go Cart session today! Next year we need Super Mario suits.

@ElbeebyBurton Lesley Betts- Badass Burton rep
At the #themeeting7 Social Marketing – learning about the dos and donts of social douchebaggery.

@SKOLLIE SKOLLIE Aspen’s go-to blog for events.
OH: “I’m just trying to get sauced and listen to digi-beats.” #TheMeeting7 @aspensnowmass cc: @gregerns

@SimonDumont06 Simon Dumont- Pipe skier, professional autographer.
Finally made it to Aspen. Excited to see all my friends, and movies. #themeeting

@empireattire Empire Attire- Ski brand you should know.
We have arrived at #themeeting in @AspenSnowmass and dang it feels good.

@G_Wright Greg Wright Freeskier Publisher & jack of all trades.
Just got the call from the gant mgmt. Not a peep from our condos tonight. Apparently. @jonnglass @harvitronix @zach_berman @schroy @nabbott

@jonnglass Jonathan Glass Snowboard Mag’s resident rallier.
@MattyHorn Spring break is a good way to sum up the last four days in @aspensnowmass. #cantstopwontstop

@GRETEGIRL Grete Eliassen- Pro Skier, lover of Holga’s.
Awesome night last night at #themeeting saw Teton Gravity Research #onefortheroad on top of Aspen.

@HankLambo Henrik Lampert- Freeskier’s editor best mustache in the biz.
Only 360 days left until #TheMeeting8. cc: @AspenSnowmass

And it’s true. Only 360 days until the madness begins again. Can’t wait!

Check the full gallery from The Meeting 7 here.

Huge Thanks to Aspen/Snowmass and the Limelight Lodge for hosting us this weekend.

Also big ups to:
Meredith McKee
Dave Amirualt
Melissa Rhines
Lea Tucker
Nicole Birkhold/Freeskier (those bottles were banging!)