“Are you here for the Meeting? If you are, I’ll toast you a bagel,” John Spriggs says, leaning over the breakfast buffet at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen. Spriggs is in town this weekend for the Meeting, a pre-season ski industry movie festival. Last night, the Teton Gravity Research crew showed “Light the Wick”—complete with a Spriggs, Sammy Carlson, Byron Wells jump session—at the top of Aspen mountain and tonight, Poor Boyz will put on a showing of “Revolver.’
Where did you shoot last year?
I was a Stevens Pass with TGR. For “Revolver,” I filmed all over. We went to Whistler, Mt. Bachelor, Revelstoke, and Silverton. We got a good pow days at Revelstoke, and in Silverton I hit a big road gap over Red Mountain pass with Simon Dumont and Peter Olenick. That was sick, but it was kind of a tough year. We did lots of driving around in circles.
What are you up to now?
I’m living in Minturn (just outside of Vail), with my girlfriend, right by the end of the Minturn Mile. I like it because it feels like you’re way far away from everything when you’re not, and I can ski there, which is cool. I’m also taking classes at Colorado Mountain College, I’m taking introduction to business, and first aid and CPR.
Anything slowing you down?
I had shoulder surgery on my labrum about a month and half ago. I’ve had four surgeries in the past 5 years. I’ve blown my shoulder twice, I did my knee, and I broke my face.
Broke your face?
Yeah, I was at Mt Baker. I threw a double cork 12, landed in a bomb hole, and got a knee to the face. My eyebrow was hanging loose. But, I’m kind of lucky. I’ve always had injures at times when I can get stuff done, it’s never ruined my season.
What’s the plan for this season?
My shoulder should be good, and I should be back on skis by mid December. Then, the plan is to film with Tanner Hall and TGR.