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Vail Valley film: In search of ‘Neverland’

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily/Cole BarashNicolas Muller in Japan. The new snowboarding film 'Neverland' will be shown in the Vail Valley Friday

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –The Peter Pan complex is pervasive among those passionate about powder. That’s just the theme Absinthe filmmakers struck out to explore in their 10th snowboarding film, “Neverland.” But don’t worry, there aren’t any little pajama-clad boys in this film – just some of the best professional snowboarders on the planet.

“The film showcases the guys who always want to play, always want to find the perfect spot, with the perfect snow and the perfect setup,” said Joshua Smith, the North American tour manager for Absinthe Films.

The film will make its valley debut tonight at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. The event is part of the 2009 Sphere of Influence Tour, established to promote snowboard film making, while also spreading environmental awareness. A portion of the proceeds from tonight’s show will be donated to SOS Outreach Society and the Protect Our Winters Foundation.

The filmmakers planted the “Neverland” seed early in the rider’s minds this season, Smith said, and then let the professional snowboarders find their own Neverland, be it in Japan, Europe, Switzerland, British Columbia or Alaska, all places where filming took place.

The snowboarders in the film are “the best in the world,” according to Smith, and include Travis Rice, Dan Brisse, Bode Merrill, Nicolas Müller, JP Solberg, Romain deMarchi, DCP, Marc Frank Montoya, Annie Boulanger, Gigi Rüf and more.

“The Absinthe guys definitely have their family they film with each year, but can count on two to three new additions each year,” Smith said about the lineup.

Pro snowboarder and Eagle-Vail resident David Carrier Porcheron, also known as DCP, has a role in the film and has spent the last three weeks touring Canada and stops throughout the U.S. with the film. He’ll be at the Vilar Center premiere tonight, signing autographs along with fellow riders Dan Brisse and Mark Carter. See page B2 for a full interview with Porcheron.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

What: “Neverland”

Where: Vilar Center, Beaver Creek

When: 8 p.m., Friday

Cost: $10, available at Billabong, One Track Mind and at the door.

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