David Naughton and John Patrick Reger stand off in a classic scene from Hot Dog.
Matt Reardon and The Squaw Valley Institute hosted a festive evening celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic ski film Hot Dog, which was filmed at Squaw Valley during the winter of 1983. Many cast members from the movie were in attendance including David Naughton, Frank Koppala, James Saito, John Reger, Lynne Wieland and director Mike Marvin. Tahoe based cast members and stunt skiers Debbie Dutton, Robbie Huntoon, Mark Vance and George Theobald were also on hand. The night began with a Q & A session with the cast followed by a screening of the film and then an 80’s dance party. Audience participation during the movie felt like the Rocky Horror Picture Show with people chanting classic one liners in unison and boisterously booing antagonist Rudy and the Rudettes. The cast reflected on what it was like to be a part of the movie and delighted the audience by quoting lines from the movie. It was a truly memorable reunion for a film that has meant so much to so many who live here.
Hot Dog cast members answer questions from the audience at the 30th anniversary party.
Lynne Wieland, Frank Koppala, David Naughton and director Mike Marvin.
Uncle E auctions off one of the original storyboards from the movie.
Alpine Meadows resident George Theobald was one of the few cast members who both acted and skied in the movie.
Harkin Banks (Patrick Houser – blue jacket) gets introduced to Slasher (George Theobald – blue/yellow jacket) and the Rat Pack.
Hometown heroes Robbie Huntoon and Debbie Dutton. Robbie was the stunt skier for Harkin Banks and Debbie was the stunt skier for Sylvia.
David Naughton and John Reger at Hot Dog Anniversary Party from Nut Hut Studios on Vimeo.
Powder Magazine coverage of Hot Dog 30th Anniversary including link to the movie
SBDC Hot Dog Film Review from April 2011
Mt. Shasta on April 11, 2014.
Ski mountaineers often head to Mt. Shasta in June and July for great weather and long ski descents. After this season’s far below average snowfall and early onset of warm weather, there is no better time to head up to Mt. Shasta than right now. We visited Shasta the weekend of April 12 and were not disappointed. It’s easy to see how many consider Mt. Shasta a spiritual epicenter of the planet. With it’s massive vertical relief and limitless ski lines, Mt. Shasta may just be the epicenter of the backcountry ski world as well.
Kyle O’Neal, Robb Gaffney and Noah Gaffney bridge the gap between Red Banks and Misery Hill on the upper flanks of Mt. Shasta.
Whitney Glacier as seen from the top of Misery Hill.
The summit plateau.
Kyle O’Neal slays April corn on Mt. Shasta.
The West Face of Mt. Shasta as seen from Hidden Valley.
The alluring yet mysterious southeast face of Mt. Shasta as seen from McCloud.
Kyle O’Neal slarves the West Shore backcountry on March 31.
Today was the third great ski day in a row. Sunday’s bluebird pow day was followed by an incoming storm on Monday. Tuesday was a mix of more snow with intermittent bursts of sunshine. Higher elevations along the Sierra Crest have received nearly six feet of snow in the last week. It may be April fools but the ski conditions are no joke.
Setting the track on March 31.
Skier: Kyle O’Neal
Rob McCormick takes a walk on the Sierra Crest as Monday’s storm moves in.