Whether you are a lover of the slopes or simply one who indulges in the opportunity to participate in something daring, you’re not very different from native Spokanite, John Stifter. This former editor of Powder magazine returns to the slops each year around this time to begin filming the legendary documentary, Monumental: Skiing our National Parks. This documentary is one for the record books with its twists, turns and leaps. What you may not know is that there is also a lesson to be learned within the sport-filled documentary as well. Keep reading to find out what that lesson is.
- There is a tradition in the snow-sports industry that’s been around for a couple decades now, and it pops up around this time of year.
- It’s the ski film — a collection of guys and gals tossing themselves down treacherous terrain and untouched powder fields to fuel the excitement for the impending season.
- John Stifter, a native Spokanite and former editor of Powder magazine who now heads up Powder Productions, had seen enough of them, too.
“It’s not a hype film. It’s not going to make you excited to buy a season pass, but I would hope for people to take away an appreciation and an acknowledgment of our public lands, specifically our national parks, and to advocate for their protection.”