Local four-time X Games medalist Torin Yater-Wallace is featured in Vital Films’ ski industry film “Days To Come.” The six-minute film, shot exclusively in Aspen/Snowmass on Cineflex and Phantom footage, also features Gus Kenworthy, Aidan Sheahan and Jacob Wester.
“By using the highest quality cinematography possible and offering this amazing imagery for free to the masses online, “Days To Come” redefines the traditional ski movie,” says Matt Hobbs, president of Vital Films. “This is also a breakout performance by Torin Yater-Wallace, who has quickly become one of the most talented skiers in the industry.”
Cineflex is the most stable camera system available and The Phantom camera captures action at 2,000 frames per second, according to Vital Films. The release of “Days To Come” comes at time when Yater-Wallace is returning to the professional competition circuit after recovering from shoulder surgery.
Vital Films is an independent production company based out of Aspen that specializes in music video, action sports and industry content.
The Environment Foundation, an arm of the Aspen Skiing Co., donated in December more than $115,000 to 15 projects aimed at protecting the environmental quality of the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.
Since its inception, the foundation has donated more than $2 million to 390 projects. The foundation is funded by SkiCo employee contributions with substantial support from the Aspen Community Foundation, SkiCo’s Family Fund and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.
The foundation is offering almost $15,000 in no-interest loans for energy efficiency projects that are aimed at reducing significant costs and allow the recipient to make building improvements immediately, re-paying the loan as savings accrue. Loans have been offered to Habitat for Humanity and the Third Street Center in Carbondale to improve heating and cooling equipment.
In the past eight months, SkiCo employees donated $30,000. The 15-member board of directors, made up of SkiCo employees, determines which qualified applicants receive a grant. The following are organizations that received grants:
• Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, $7,500
• American Whitewater — Upper Colorado River project, $5,000
• The Clean Energy Future campaign, $5,000
• Citizens for a Healthy Community — North Fork Valley Community Alternative Campaign, $10,000
• Colorado Fourteeners Initiative — Maroon Bells trail reconstruction project, $12,632
• Fat City Farmers — Roaring Fork High School edible school yard and agricultural biology program, $8,850
• Habitat for Humanity — energy efficiency heating upgrades for new ReStore locations; loan up to $10,000.
• Lower Valley Trails Group (LoVa) — facilitate building bike-pedestrian trail system, $6,000
• Roaring Fork Outdoor Youth Program — Funding for 2013 youth program, $7,500
• Roaring Fork Conservancy — equipment for water quality volunteers, $2,985
• Roaring Fork Food Policy Council — general operating support, $5,000
• Third Street Center — air sealing of the quad and long hall, $9,765, and includes a loan of $4,765
• Western Colorado Congress — Gasfield Justice Program, $10,000
Western Resource Advocates — Reform Colorado oil and gas development rules, $5,000
• White River National Forest — wilderness ranger intern program, $10,000
The Environment Foundation is now accepting applications for the spring 2013 grant cycle. Applications are due March 1 at 4:30 p.m. Those interested in applying should request an electronic grant application, eligibility guidelines or more information from Matthew Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org .