MSP Announces “CLAIM, The Greatest Ski Movie… Ever!”


Yeah, I’m smack dab in the middle of one of the most epic mountain biking seasons ever. The trails here in Utah are outstanding and I just can’t seem to get my fill of that little brown ribbon in the woods. However, I just got word of the release of the trailer for MSP’s new film, “CLAIM, The Greatest Ski Movie… EVER!”

While the title seems a bit outlandish, it just may be the greatest ski movie ever… who knows. I honestly haven’t been to an MSP film in years… well, with us promoting the TGR films here in SLC for the past 10 years, I haven’t had any reason to hit the MSP films. I also lost interest after endless jib session after endless jib session, but maybe they have returned to more big mountain and powder skiing footage?

MSP’s CLAIM Teaser

Judge for yourself if this is going to be worth your hard earned clams to see it on the big screen.

For those of us here in Salt Lake City, here are the dates:

October 10, 2008: Jim Santy Auditorium in Park City, Utah
October 11, 2008: Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake City, Utah

Not in Utah? Check out for tour dates nearest you.

MSP Releases Trailer for CLAIM

Here is the release from MSP:

Crested Butte, CO – June 23, 2008: Matchstick Productions’ new release, “CLAIM, The Greatest Ski Movie… EVER!” debuts on September 14th in Whistler, BC at the Telus Centre. This premiere marks MSP’s twentieth ski film release and fourth world premiere hosted by Whistler/Blackcomb.

MSP brings their award-winning approach to the table with “CLAIM,” this time poking fun at themselves and the industry as a whole. Highlights from the film include the introduction of 15-year-old phenom Sean Pettit, early season deep pow with Mark Abma, Matchstick’s return to Alaska over the course of four epic shoots, and a speed riding session from Chamonix, France – literally a synthesis of paragliding and skiing where skiers skip down sheer mountain faces with the aid of a small paraglider. Matchstick captured this insane new sport with a state of the art high-definition helicopter mounted camera. “We have been doing this for over 15 years and we feel like with ‘CLAIM’ we have created a masterpiece. This film is really going to blow some minds,” claims executive producer Murray Wais.

“CLAIM” features several longtime MSP all-stars as well as a few newcomers, making up an A list roster including Mark Abma, Ingrid Backstrom, Rory Bushfield, Chris Davenport, Simon Dumont, Stian Hagen, Hugo Harrisson, James Heim, Eric Hjorleifson, PK Hunder, CR Johnson, Shane McConkey, Jon Olsson, Sean Pettit, Chris Rubens, TJ Schiller, Colby West, and Jacob Wester.


“CLAIM” is shot in high-definition on location in Whistler, Chamonix, Courmayer, Valdez, Aspen, Chatter Creek, and additional destinations worldwide. The Matchstick Movie Tour visits over 100 locations across the globe this fall, featuring athlete appearances, poster signings, after parties, live entertainment, and more. Please visit to find out when “CLAIM” will be at a location near you.

Matchstick Productions would like to thank all their sponsors for continued support: Whistler/Blackcomb, Helly Hansen, Subaru, Rush HD, Red Bull, Salomon, and Powder Magazine.

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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