Snow fans flock to Scripps College

Posted Nov. 17, 2006

Maria Villalpando

Snowboarder Jerry Taffolla, a junior at San Fernando Valley High School, decided to check out “Snowstock 2006” last Friday at Scripps College. Taffolla learned of the event from a snowboarding forum online. The festival featured live tricks by amateur snowboarders and skiers. The event also screened the film “Anomaly,” which took viewers on skiing and snowboarding trips in the mountains of Alaska and Wyoming.

Imagine you just jumped out of a helicopter and are now standing at the top of a mountain in Wyoming.

As you take in the amazing view, you begin to realize that there is nothing around you but snow, trees and more snow.

The only way to get back to the lodge is to ski down the steep face of the mountain, avoid the trees and rocks and at one point go off a cliff and fall over 100 feet before landing.

Oh yeah, and the snow you are skiing on is fresh powder, and a prime candidate for an avalanche.

This is just one of the many situations that the professional skiers and snowboarders went through in Teton Gravity Research’s new film “Anomaly.”

The film was shown at the Garrison Theater on the Scripps College campus in Claremont on Friday as part of the ski and snowboard festival called “Snowstock 2006.”

The film highlighted the many trips taken by the skiers and snowboarders as they traveled from local places like Alaska, Jackson Hole, Wy., and Whistler, Canada to international spots like Morocco, Switzerland and France.

One of the trips centered around Jamie Pierre as he set a world record by surviving a 25-story free fall.

“You usually don’t see a festival this big around here,” Director for Snowstock Jordan Kunz said. “You usually have to go to Los Angeles to get something like this.”

Roughly 600 people attended the festival, which was the first of what will become an annual event.

One of the main highlights of the night was the live demonstration from the skiers and snowboarders. With a ramp and grind rails set up, they were able to show off a little of their skills for the thankful crowd.

The festival was brought together by the “Skeeze” team from the Claremont Colleges.

“Skeeze” is a ski and snowboard club on campus that plans different trips throughout the year for its members. The club was originally just for Pomona College but has since expanded and this year marks the 70th anniversary of the club.

Along with the film and demonstrations, the festival featured live music and booths from different vendors.

The Sammies performed live at the festival as they took time from their national tour to come and play for the crowd.

The band’s music was used in the recent Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson movie, “Employee of the Month.”

Different booths were also set up so you could get a smoothie from Jamba Juice or pizza from Domino’s.

“The Sammies are a huge band,” said Melissa Hanna, a sophomore and executive producer of the event. “We were really lucky to get them out.”

With admission, each person received a ticket for a free burrito from Chipotle, a gift card from Jamba Juice with money from $1 to $300, a lift ticket to Mt. Baldy and more.

A raffle was also held at the end of the film giving away everything from clothes and DVDs to skateboards.

“This is really cool,” said San Dimas resident Dane Tronson. “The music is good, the movie was great and it’s a lot of fun.”

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