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Vail Resorts videographer wins ski-porn contest

Caitlin Row
crow@summitdaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Local Rex Lint’s winding journey from ski patroller to Vail Resort’s videographer has summited with a “Best in Show” win for a four-minute ski video at Silverton’s film festival, The Beating.

“The Beating was formed in response to Aspen’s The Meeting ” a professional ski-film festival that’s in the fall,” said Jen Brill, marketing director for Silverton Mountain. “It was created as an amateur film festival for hopeful filmmakers.”

Lint won the short-film contest over the weekend because of his great powder footage.



“His film was just the right amount of time to stay interesting,” Brill added.

His booty includes a heli drop at Silverton Mountain, his $20 entry fee and bragging rights. Seven films from Utah and Colorado entered the contest. In its third year, The Beating benefits the local kids’ ski program for Silverton Mountain.



Surprisingly, Lint didn’t even know about the contest until last month.

Last season, he’d created a ski video for Faty-Pus, a company made up of local guys making hand-crafted skis in Breckenridge.

“I had all this great footage at the end of the season,” Lint said. “Some of it was Vail stuff, and some of it was my stuff. I put it all together into a four-minute video that’s a pretty emotional ski-porn piece. Those guys just ripping powder, skiing big lines and jumping off cliffs and stuff … So I juiced up the film and sent it down there (to Silverton).”



A self-taught video technician, Lint credits his film knowledge to an off-season rafting job while working as a Keystone patroller for 14 years.

A summer raft guide position in Sante Fe, N.M., led him to West Virginia’s Gauley River, where he rafted before ski season in the fall.

“Guys there would make videos of trips for tourists to buy,” Lint said.

And in his third year there, he started his own video company, shooting white-water trips.

“I backed into video,” he said. “I never went to school for it.”

Lint started driving around the United States with his equipment in the back of his van, shooting video for different companies.

In wintertime, he’s taken his camera out on the mountain to shoot his ski-patrol buddies doing funny skits and powder skiing. At the end of every season, he’d put together a video for the spring party.

His skills improved with constant practice, and four years ago, members of Keystone’s marketing department saw his films and offered him video work. Three seasons ago, parent company Vail Resorts offered him a full-time videographer job.

“I think that in the outdoor industry, marketing people are realizing that video is a powerful tool to communicate what the experience is of coming on vacation in the Rockies,” Lint said. “I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.


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