The event kicked off on Thursday night at the Wheeler Opera House with the NEPSA Video Awards, featuring local and regional short films. The legendary Klaus Obermeyer teamed up with Geoff Stump to make the winning film, An Extreme NEPSA featuring Rick Dixon. Complete results and the prize money awarded to the top films are as follows:
1st – Geoff Stump & Klaus Obermeyer took first for their film An Extreme NEPSA Featuring Rick Dixon – $2,000
2nd – Jacqui Edgerly, Erin Erickson, Megan Vanaznot, Lula Chapman & Rachel Moen took second for Fit for Real – $1,000
3rd – Ted Davenport took third for “Hey Look at me!…and my muppets” – $500
Crowd Favorite via a text in vote went to Matt Hobbs, Nate Berkel & Tae Westcott for The Top 5 Secrets of Aspen – $500 Target gift card
A packed house at the D&E Fashion Show and a performance by Robotic Pirate Monkey followed up the NEPSA Awards at Belly Up Aspen.
Friday began with the actual “meetings” of The Meeting, which were open to all event guests. The three panels discussed various topics including Olympic competition; a talk on sustainability lead by Aspen/Snowmass’ VP of Sustainability, Auden Schendler; and an engaging panel on creating quality content and what’s next in social media.
At night ski & snowboard movies were shown at the Wheeler Opera House, including a sold out showing of Brain Farm’s The Art of Flight. Also sold out was the annual screening of Teton Gravity Research’s newest film One for the Road and Voleurz’ That’s Fine at the Sundeck atop Aspen Mountain, followed by a bonfire.
Saturday included go-karting at the Woody Creek Race Track for all of the industry guests and wrapped up with more movies at the Wheeler Opera House and the Belly Up Aspen along with a performance by Lance Herbstrong.
Aspen/Snowmass would like to thank Audi, Helly Hansen, Bud Light, Skullcandy, and Contour for their sponsorships of The Meeting 7. For at complete list of movies shown at this year’s event visit www.aspensnowmass.com/themeeting.