The film, directed by The Ski Channel's Steve Bellamy isn't your typical ski porn. In fact, reports in from last fall's cross-country screenings claim audiences laughed, cried, cheered and ahhhed. The Story takes viewers deep into the characters of the most famous skiers like Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn, Chris Davenport, and Kristi Leskinen, as well as features the most obscure ski bums. There's paragliding, river surfing and kite skiing mixed in with a trek to Mount Everest, skiing steeps in Alaska and skiing big waves in Hawaii. Utah's own Jamie Pierre makes screen time with his historic 255-foot cliff jump. Then there's the Wizard-Robert (Bob) Athey- one of Utah's backcountry skiing legends as the comic relief before we dive into the tragic yet inspirational story of two-time Paralympics' Gold Medalist Stephani Victor.
"The Story", along with a short film titled "Shane and the McConkeys", screens Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 6 p.m. as part of the Park City Film Series. Victor will be live this Saturday night to introduce the film and lead a Q&A at the end. There will be skis, lift passes and more swag tossed out. Colesport is underwriting the event.