September 15, 2011 Features & Images » Feature Story

Lights, camera, passport 

Whistler's growing winter-sport film industry shows off the best in talent and terrain... but the question for the ultimate shot requires tenacity, creativity and thousands of air miles


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1) "Get off your ass and leave the hotel. It's pathetic how many kids come down, eat, and then go sit in their hotel rooms watching movies on their laptops or worrying about wireless. Try food, meet locals and see how the world works and how other countries work." - Shin Campos, producer, snowboarder.

2) "Bring enough socks and goggles. Those are the two things you need extra because you can't use old ones. Usually four or five goggles on a trip. You can't deal with fog in your lenses when you're already nervous about hitting a feature. I have a Cheetah Factory bag on my sled that is full of goggles." -Helen Schettini, snowboarder.

3) "Don't forget your toothbrush. And don't go anywhere without lip-chap. It's tragic to leave the house without that shit. I use Burt's Bees but anything will do." - Sean Petit, Skier.

4) "Travel as light as you can and keep going. If there is an opportunity around the next corner then take it. Go for as long as you can. Explore. Squeeze another week out. Home will always be there and that party is the same one you were at last week. Make the best of the road, appreciate it. The surprises are when the best things happen." -Kevin Sansalone. Producer, director, snowboarder.

5) "If you can get a Star Alliance gold card, get it. I used to get upgraded to first class all the time when I had one of those and flew a lot. I miss those days." - Shin Campos.

6) "At Vancouver another option is using the Park-and-Fly service. Hit up the website and you can usually find a coupon you can print off to make it more affordable. Also, I usually make small talk with the check-in people and let them know it is so much nicer and easier working with an actual person rather than a machine that spits out your boarding pass. They will often respond with a nice gesture like waiving baggage fees." - Mike Atkinson, skier, judge, event announcer.

7) "If the standard ski vacation is starting to get boring, travel to the one of the busiest resorts you can think of during spring break and book the last available 1-star accommodation.  We did this in Andermatt, Switzerland last March. 89 Euros/night included a trip to the twilight zone.  We're still telling the stories from our weekend in that freakshow disaster.  I wouldn't trade that experience for the world. It was amazing!" -Mike Douglas, producer/director/skier.

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