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Time Travel Tuesdays: Five Decades on Film – “Skiing Everest”

March 1, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Time Travel Tuesdays

Skiing and Aspen: Five Decades on Film

Tickets must be purchased through aspenshowtix.com, by calling (970)920-5770 or visiting the Wheeler Box Office.

Filmed by Mike Marolt over ten years, Skiing Everest tells the story of a group of close friends, led by Marolt and his twin brother Steve, who grew up in Aspen,  and went on to become the first skiers from the Western Hemisphere to ski from above 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) when they skied from the summit of Shisha Pangma in Tibet in 2000, and then challenged the highest slopes in the world on Mount Everest and Cho Oyu.

The film follows the Marolts and their childhood friends Jim Gile, and John Callahan, who was an Olympic cross-country skier, on skiing expeditions into the death zone above 26,000 feet, without using bottled oxygen. At the top of the world, they lock into their skis and challenge the most dangerous slopes in the world.

Skiing Everest also tells the history of high-altitude skiing, dating back to the 1930s, and includes interviews with Hans Kammerlander, who was the first to ski from the summit of Everest; Laura Bakos, the first woman to ski from the summit of an 8,000 m. peak; and Chris Davenport, the two-time world extreme skiing champion, who is an avid ski mountaineer as well. And it tells the Marolts’ personal story: the sons of U.S. Olympic skier Max Marolt, who grew up in Aspen, before it became an internationally famous ski destination and who took to skiing in the hope of escaping what was an isolated, decaying former mining town.

Details

Date:
March 1, 2016
Time:
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Organizer

Aspen Historical Society

Venue

Wheeler Opera House
320 E. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, 81611
+ Google Map
Phone:
9709253721
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Details

Date:
March 1, 2016
Time:
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Organizer

Aspen Historical Society

Venue

Wheeler Opera House
320 E. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, 81611
+ Google Map
Phone:
9709253721