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G.N.A.R. (The Movie) 25 March 2011

Posted by magicdufflepud in Skiing.
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That’s Gaffney’s Numerical Assessment of Radness. Because naming it after Shane McConkey (M.N.A.R.?) didn’t really make sense.

It’s a movie you should see. In fact, like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, it’s a movie you should watch twice a year—first, to get your season started, and then again to remind you what all that excitement was about.

Here’s what you need to know:

Because it the gnarly lines it offers off the KT-22 chair, Squaw Valley USA is a Mecca for awesome skiers, like, not that guy who rips at your local hill, but some ridiculously sweet dude who does 50′ airs off cliff bands then shotguns a beer and kisses your girlfriend. Few of those guys exist, but those who do flock to Squaw. Over the years, that’s given the place a sort of snobby reputation (although locals say it’s undeserved). More than one ski movie has reinforced the perception that guys at Squaw hang out looking to one-up each other on Palisades lines, so knowing the reality, the late McConkey decided to make a joke of the whole thing. Along with the Gaffney brothers, he created G.N.A.R. to make the mountain a game. Sure, it only showed up as an addendum, more or less, to Robb Gaffney’s book Squallywood, but it soon took on a life of its own, and following McConkey’s death, the Gaffneys made it into a film.

But what is “it”? G.N.A.R is primarily a game of skiing steep, scary lines at Squaw, but the movie mostly plays up its other aspects, like the additional points you’ll get for skiing butt-naked, or for yelling, “I’m going to rip the shit out of this line!” before dropping in, and if you hear anyone telling you “I’m the best skier on this mountain,” you can trace that back to G.N.A.R., too. Oh, and bonus points for calling your mom in the middle of the run.

We’re figuring out a way to make this work for A-Basin, so if you have any suggestions on the best/gnarliest lines there, drop me a line (My e-mail’s in the “About” section.)

In the meantime, you can watch the whole movie free. How cool is that?

Here’s the link: http://unofficialnetworks.com/gnar/

And if you see a guy beating the bejeepers out of a cornice at Monarch or Crested Butte this weekend, that’s me. Feel free to say hi.

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