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Tahoe skiers featured in film about freeskiing competition

Rick Chandler

It may seem like on oxymoron: Freeskiing competition? Isn’t the very essence of this brand of snow sport that one defies convention and goes where no skiier has gone before?

They may have figured out a way to keep score, but the freeskiers themselves have yet to be tamed. That’s something that becomes abundantly clear when you take in the insane lines, huge airs and gnarly crashes in “Linescore,” a documentary film that chronicles the 2007 U.S. Freeskiing Series.

“Linescore shows what it takes to climb the competitive ladder on North America’s premier big mountain circuit,” said director Frank Foley of Coreshot Films. “The top up and coming skiers in the world come out to these events to test their skills and show their respect to fellow athletes. This is a community based on mutual friendships and admiration, and it’s one of the few competitive sports where you will see the athlete standing in first position genuinely cheer on the athlete in second.”

“Linescore” primarily follows two Tahoe-area skiers during their five stops on the U.S. Freeskiing Tour from February through March 2007, including the finals at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Craig Garbiel is from Gardnerville by way of Vermont, and Josh Daiek was born in Michigan and now lives in Meyers. Foley himself is a native of Georgia who moved to Tahoe in 2001.

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“When I graduated from college in South Carolina, I immediately packed up and headed out here,” said Foley, now a resident of Zephyr Cove. “I had never been here before, but hearing about all the sun and snow you have here, how could I resist?”

“Linescore,” which also features behind the scenes commentary from athletes on the tour and interviews with freeskiing legends such as Shane McConkey and Ingrid Backstrom, will be shown at the MontBleu Resort and Casino on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.). The all-ages screening is free, and there will be raffles sponsored by Kirkwood and Smith Optics in which ski equipment will be given away.

Foley attended UCLA film school and has made shorts and documentaries in the past, but this is his most ambitious effort — and the first film he has produced that is available for sale.

“I brought in Anthony Cupaiuolo of First Tracks Productions, which is a local film company, and he edited it and was the head cameraman,” Foley said. “I couldn’t have done it without him.” O.J. Abben also helped produce the film.


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