Thankfully, despite the corporatization of ski resorts, that same ski-bum vibe still exists in many American mountains towns—including Squaw Valley.
To find out why endures, we went to the source and contacted more than a dozen of the film’s principals.
The case that started earlier this month in high desert sagebrush steppe took another twist over the weekend when a forensic anthropologist determined the bones involved two children, not one as detectives initially thought.
Hijinks ensue, including a wet T-shirt contest, a gondola hookup involving too much zinc oxide, and a climactic mass-start ski race that spawned the film’s most oft-repeated line: “What the fuck is a Chinese downhill? The stunt doubles were all freestyle veterans, several of whom went on to star in Warren Miller and Greg Stump flicks.
” If it all sounds a little like today seems shockingly dated and tone deaf, full of blatant cultural stereotypes, sexism, and worse—one scene seems to glorify date rape. “The skiing in was legit,” says Scott Gaffney, Matchstick Productions producer and Tahoe-area resident, citing an epic huck shot near the end of the film.
Investigators hope that information will help them conclude whether the site was an unmarked Oregon Trail grave site or a possible dumping location for homicide victims. The Oregon Trail during the 1840s through the 1860s stretched about 2,000 miles (3,220 kilometers) from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, Oregon — crossing Idaho through the Snake River Plain.
Historians estimate that up to 400,000 pioneers attempted it and other trails that branched off it, with death estimates of those heading west ranging from 4 to 10 percent.