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FOLA presents Meatheads extreme skiing film “No Matter What”

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Meathead Films latest extreme skiing film, "No Matter What," documents the less-than-great 2012 season of minimal snowfall on the East, making the best of skiing and riding none-the-less. The film will be show at Ludlow Town Hall on Saturday, Jan. 12.

FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium), in conjunction with Okemo Mountain Resort, will present its second Winter Series film on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. The film, "No Matter What", will feature Meathead's skiers in search of snow and adventure during the past so-called winter season. Below are some comments on the movie by ESPN reviewer:
"This year's flick proves to be their biggest challenge to date, highlighting backcountry and jib skiing on the East Coast when winter decided it wasn't entirely going to show up. The film will be available on DVD and downloadable on iTunes this fall and will be touring East Coast cities along with films from Stept Productions and ESK Media. We recently chatted with co-owners of Meathead Films Geoff McDonald and Chris James about their new movie.

This year's movie is entitled "No Matter What." The title basically means to never let the weather get you down. Despite the East Coast's record-breaking mild winter of 2012, we still managed to sniff out the goods through low snowfall and at times mid-summer temperatures.

The East had a joke of a season last year -- Mount Mansfield's snow stake, located on Vermont's highest peak and home to Stowe Mountain Resort, was well below average. Was this season worse than 2006 when you produced "Snow Gods?" Yes. For my 30 years of living in the East Coast, I cannot remember a winter as warm and as dry as this past one. It's not just that we had consistent above freezing temps, but there was such a lack of overall precipitation that it was mind-boggling, even depressing. For the majority of small snow systems that did roll in, without fail they were followed by rain or a thaw. With "Snow Gods," we had a terrible beginning to the winter, but then it finally transitioned into consistent weather patterns that delivered an ample amount of white stuff, so all was not lost.

Where there any high points to the winter? I would keep it singular with just one high point. That would be the whopper of a storm that hit northern Vermont at the end of February. Stowe and Jay Peak claimed around 70-inch storm totals, and the system was a total freak of nature. It was a super isolated, elevation and latitude dependent snowfall, and the footage we filmed at Jay Peak was arguably the deepest snow we've ever documented on the East Coast. In addition, it was blue skies, and the moisture content of the snow was as low as any epic day I've skied in Utah. The face-shots were endless."
The movie will be shown by FOLA using its new projection equipment. It will be shown at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium (2nd floor of the building) at 7 p.m. The movie is open to all and if free; donations are appreciated. For information, call 802-228-7239.