Matchstick breaks out flick |

Matchstick breaks out flick

Tim Mutrie
Aspen Times Staff Writer

When Snowmass Village native Steele Spence first discovered this, shall we say, little-known “closed area” at the Snowmass Ski Area, he couldn’t resist diving in. Neither could his younger brother, Dusty, nor their buddy, Christian Mosiman.

“It’s kinda near Baby Ruth,” Spence said this week, “but I don’t know if you should give it away, man, it’s a real good spot. We ended up getting our passes pulled by J.B. on the patrol.”

It was two seasons ago, before Spence, 20, began landing featured scenes in ski movies, magazine editorial and advertising spreads, ski-goggle-head-eye-boot-glove-sponsors and even his first X Games starting spot. That was then …

So when Matchstick Productions’ film crews came to town last winter to shoot footage with Spence, the Aspen High graduate had the perfect spot already picked out. And the clout.

“This time we got permission,” Spence said with a chuckle.

Spence, who finished fourth in the X Games slopestyle last season, behind the likes of Tanner Hall, Pep Fujas and Jon Olsson, will be featured tonight in Matchstick Productions’ latest film, “Focused.”

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The world-premiere event screens at 6:30 and 9 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House.

Spence plans to be here, along with other featured athletes like Shane McConkey (and his “McConkey-kong sized” BASE jump air), Seth Morrison, Eric Pollard, Wendy Fisher, back-flipping snowmobiler Jay Quinlan and maybe even Tanner Hall.

“It’ll definitely be a lot of fun,” said Steve Reska, tour director for the Crested Butte-based Matchstick Productions (MSP). “We’ve got people coming from all over the country, friends, sponsors and family, we’re having an after party at Eric’s and, yeah, it always seems to be a big blowout.”

Spence, who also shot with MSP in Chamonix, France, the Vail and Independence Pass backcountry and at the Snowmass terrain park last winter, confirmed that MSP world premieres are, in fact, “blowouts.” He has seen (and been featured in) two previous.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of athletes, but I’m not exactly sure,” said Spence, who is currently studying graphic design at the Colorado Art Institute in Denver.

“But last year it was really cool, in Reno, at the International Bowling Arena, and they put up a bunch of big screens on the lanes and had pole dancers and stuff … I don’t know what it’s going to be like this year, but I’m sure it’s going to be pretty cool.”