Salomon’s ‘Quality Ski Time’ Film Tour coming to Vail on Nov. 16

Summit native Drew Petersen will emcee the multi-film, gear-giveaway event at Vail Mountain School

The Salomon QST Film Tour will be making a stop at Vail Mountain School on Nov. 16. Tickets for the multi-film and gear-giveaway event are $15.
Salomon QST Film Tour/Courtesy photo

Salomon’s ‘Quality Ski Time (QST)’ Film Tour, now in its third year, is coming to Vail next week.

Vail Mountain School will host the multi-film, gear-giveaway event “aimed at exciting and inspiring families for the upcoming ski season” on Nov. 16 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $15.

“Traditional ski movies have always focused on the same type of skier,” stated Joe Johnson, Alpine marketing manager in a press release. “Our goal with the film tour is to deliver multiple films showcasing different athletes, storylines and types of skiing in order to offer a unique, relatable experience for every member of the family.”

“The Polar Star” follows Cody Townsend’s attempt to ski one of the 50 classic descents of North America on Baffin Island, Canada.
Salomon QST Film Tour/Courtesy photo

The film lineup — subject to change between shows — for the Vail event includes “The Polar Star” by FIFTY, “Fortune Hunters” by Blank Collective Films, “Hankin Evolution” by Switchback Entertainment, “Head Games” by Chicken Productions and “Mountain State 2.0” by Josh Daiek and Hazen Woolson. Attendees will also have the opportunity to have posters signed by pro skiers and enter multiple gear giveaways.

Two head-to-toe ski gear setups from Salomon, a weeklong adventure van rental from Moterra Travel, two ski passes from Mountain Collective, two lifetime subscriptions to onX Backcountry, two subscriptions to Mountain Gazette and prizes from YETI and Hestra Gloves will be up for grabs. Attendees can also enter the chance to win the grand prize: a ski trip for two this winter.

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Salomon QST Film Tour movie synopses


The Polar Star: The Polar Star Couloir is a nearly perfect couloir set in one of the most remote and inhospitable places on the planet; Baffin Island, Canada. Named as one of “The Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America” by the book of the same name, checking it off the list as Cody Townsend attempts to ski all of the classics in his documentary ski project called “The FIFTY”.

Fortune Hunters: Fortune Hunters follows a group of determined skiers in the rugged North West. As winter’s unpredictability threatens their bounty, they embark on an epic journey reminiscent of legendary frontier sagas. The film captures their grit, camaraderie, and unyielding quest for the perfect ride, echoing the spirit of wild frontier adventures. 

Head Games: “Make a ski movie and all you gotta worry about is skiing,” they said. But d— it if the head games didn’t hit hard this winter as we tackled the creation of our second film. We stepped up to newer and bigger objectives while at the same time figuring out how to navigate the mental side of being a skier.

Mountain State 2.0: Redemption. In the end, that was the objective for Mountain State 2.0. That one line had gotten the best of us and there was no way we weren’t going back to give it another go. You know who had different plans? Mother nature, that’s who. Did we get redemption? I guess you’ll have to watch to find out.

Hankin Evolution: Hankin Evelyn ski area near Smithers, BC has no lifts and no base lodge, yet skiers from across the world are flocking there in search of a new type of ski experience. Hankin Evolution examines the rise of backcountry skiing and how places like Hankin Evelyn are helping us reimagine what a classic day on the slopes looks like.

The QST tour kicked off in Bend, Oregon on Oct. 3 and is visiting nearly 20 North American and European cities over the next 16 weeks, with ticket sales going toward Protect Our Winters. Last year, Salomon donated $10,000 to the organization. According to a recent press release, the winter sports equipment brand is hoping to raise twice that amount this year.

“This year’s tour is going to be better and bigger than ever,” stated Salomon athlete Drew Petersen, who doubles as the film tour manager. Petersen stated that his favorite part of the tour is meeting passionate fans.

“I walk away from every show feeling deeply connected to the community and increasingly excited for the snow to fall,” he continued. “My goal with every show is to create an atmosphere that makes every single attendee feel the same.”

“Mountain State 2.0” features Josh Daiek, Trevor Semmens and Stan Rey.
Salomon QST Film Tour/Courtesy photo

Petersen, a Summit County native, will emcee the event in Vail. During a recent trip back home between shows, the pro skier road his bike to the top of Mount Blue Sky.

“It’s not often you get to ride a bike above 14,000 feet. It’s less often you get to do it on a road. And it’s even less often said road is closed,” he posted on Instagram, where he detailed his lung-busting ride up, Pringles lunch at the summit, and use of shopping bags as shoe covers on the frigid descent.

“Amidst the travel and shows of the film tour, I’ve been carving out quality personal time when and where I can,” he stated. “We made a memory. And that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do with said intentional time.”

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