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Snowboard film showcasing Lake Tahoe premieres on Friday

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Lots of things drop in winter: temperatures, snowflakes, the inhibitions of skiers and snowboarders.

And while the telltale signs of winter are likely weeks away, one indication of the season’s imminent return hits this week with the premiere of South Lake Tahoe snowboard film company First Tracks Productions’ eighth movie, “Droppin’.”

The movie premieres at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa showroom on Sept. 25.



About two-thirds of the movie was shot around Lake Tahoe and about half the riders featured in the movie live at the lake, said South Lake Tahoe resident and First Tracks Productions head Anthony Cupaiuolo.

This year’s offering will see greater attention paid to Lake Tahoe’s famous backcountry, where last year’s so-so snowpack forced snowboarders to get creative, said Cody Lewis, one of the riders featured in “Droppin’.”



The powder days were limited, but a late winter storm was a godsend, Lewis said.

“That saved us, but it still wasn’t a lot of snow,” Lewis said. “There were a lot of features that were exposed – just a lot of stuff you didn’t get to see in years past – more rock drops and more exposed rocks.”

Indeed, the teaser for the film features scary-tight chutes, scary-big airs and scary-sketchy rails.

But it’s obvious the First Tracks Productions crew doesn’t take itself too seriously, as a clip from “Droppin'” of the crew jumping rope at Regan Beach attests.

“The overall impression that people will get is that these riders are not only very good riders but they have fun with each other,” Cupaiuolo said. “It’s a good bunch of people to be around.”

So much fun in fact, that the final part of the movie features local riders Lewis and Chase Harriman riding together, just for fun, Cupaiuolo said.

“Their part in particular represents what we like about snowboarding,” Cupaiuolo said.

In addition to local riders Mike Abeliuk, Jordan Nield, Ben Wynn, BJ Linne, Randal Seaton and Scott Hoffman, “Droppin'” also features the return of diminutive Minnesotan Alexis Roland.

The 10-year-old has been featured in two of First Tracks Productions’ previous offerings, “Hello, my name is” and “Knock on Wood,” and “Droppin'” will show Alexis’ first chance to “really ride powder,” Anthony said.

“Her video sections have gone over very well – definitely a lot of cheers. I think her parts have an ability to ‘speak to’ audiences of all ages more so than some of the other rider parts,” Cupaiuolo said in a e-mail. “That’s not to say people don’t appreciate what the other riders are doing, but it’s very rare to see someone Alexis’ age doing the things she’s doing on a snowboard. In fact, I don’t think there are any girls her age that are on her level.”

And while First Tracks Productions’ budget may not be on the “Planet Earth”-like scale of at least one recent snowboard movie, just making a video that people will put on while they’re lacing up their snowboard boots in the morning or drinking beers with friends after a day on the slopes is plenty for Cupaiuolo.

“If we can put out something that some people will do that with, then we’re stoked,” Cupaiuolo said.

To watch the “Droppin'” trailer visit: http://www.FirstTracksProductions.com/.

Who: First Tracks Productions

What: “Droppin'” movie premiere

When: 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Where: MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa showroom

Cost: Free


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