To help us spread the stoke, we had in attendance a sizable roster of Spyder Athletes, including Chris Davenport, Daron Rahlves, Julian Carr, Jess McMillan, Colby West, Tommy Moe, Tyler Ceccanti, and Steven Nyman. As stars of the movie, their excitement level was off the charts, which translated quite well to the multitudes of fans who converged on the Land Yacht for autographed athlete posters.
For several years now, Spyder has enjoyed an illustrious partnership with Warren Miller Entertainment – these WME films have become the canvas upon which our diverse group of athletes show their skills every fall, and this year’s film was no exception. From a last-minute, hammer-down ride to the heli pad in Nascar star Regan Smith’s stock car for Jess McMillan, to bottomless pow skiing in Japan by Tyler Ceccanti, to a hilarious lesson in Austrian language and culture by funny guy Colby West, the film shows just how talented and diverse our team is. The reach of these films is tremendous – by far the most popular ski film tour out there – and we’re stoked we can use them as a vehicle to showcase our athletes and the Spyder Brand.
The Warren Miller Tour rages on, and will be coming to a city near you, so be sure to check out their tour calendar so you don’t miss the spectacle. We’ll be in the mix for the Denver and Boulder shows, so look for the Land Yacht and come say hi.
Below you’ll find a video compilation of some of the action from the World Premiere, and after the jump you’ll find some photos.
We hope everyone’s as fired up for winter as we are – nothing like an action packed ski film to get you there!
Olivia Westall in her new Lindsey Vonn custom race suit during her visit to Spyder.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), holds an annual charity walk in Denver to raise money and awareness for children with diabetes. Earlier this year, a nine year old girl with Type 1 diabetes, Olivia Westall, emailed J.J. Collier, the head of our design team, to inquire if the same people who designed her Spyder Race Suit would also agree to design her JDRF team’s T-shirts for the charity walk.
[We later found out this was an idea Olivia casually devised and resolutely presented to her parents at the dinner table, and her mom – although skeptical at first – agreed to go along with it.]
We happily accepted the job.
JDRF’s mission is an important one and Olivia’s team sets a high goal for donations and sponsors. Plus, she is an accomplished ski racer, having won most of the races she’s entered so far. We at Spyder like to get behind that sort of thing!
As a show of our support and appreciation for Olivia and the organization she represents, we decided to invite Olivia, her mom Bekah, sister Alex, and a few friends (skiers and speedfreaks the lot of them) to the office for a tour last Friday. It was one big smile-filled meet-and-greet, and a mutually awesome experience for everyone involved.
Olivia, her family, and her friends during the visit.
When all was said and done, the kids were tired, the adults were exhausted, and everyone left with with their arms full of Spyder swag. Olivia made out even more handsomely, as we presented her with her very own Lindsey Vonn custom race suit (signed by Lindsey, of course).
Presenting Olivia with her Lindsey Vonn custom race suit.
Those of us who have been given the opportunity to work at Spyder know what a special thing it is to walk through the office doors everyday and be a part of the legacy and evolution this brand. It is always cool to be able to share that energy with our fans, of any age, and, if by simply going to work we can help support a good cause, then we are happier than ever to do what we do.