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Sunday, October 3, 2010
Meathead Films launch tour in Vermont

Meathead Films' "Work It Out" is touring the East Coast now. Find a tour stop near you.

A man sporting a thick mullet strolled up to Geoff McDonald on the University of Vermont campus Friday night before the 9 p.m. showing of "Work it Out," the latest ski flick from East Coast-centric Meathead Films.

"Is this where all the ski guys are?" the mullet guy asked McDonald. The Meathead president and cinematographer confirmed the location before recognizing the face beneath the mullet. "Dad?!" he exclaimed. The wig had him fooled. A mullet, because the Meatheads were offering free admission to anyone wearing hockey hair, real or faux.

"Work it Out" technically premiered two weeks ago at the IF3 International Freeski Film Festival in Montreal, but the showing in Burlington, Vt. -- where McDonald and Meathead marketing director and photographer Chris James graduated from the University of Vermont -- marked the tour kick-off party.

"This is where it all began, so it makes sense to rock it out here," James said while laying out stickers and other swag on Friday night.

Randy 'The Hammer' Grasso and Meathead marketing director Chris James working out pre-show.

By 9 p.m., an audience had packed into UVM's Billings Ira Allen Lecture Hall, sitting in the aisles and standing against the back wall once all the seats were filled. An earlier showing had attracted a solid crowd, but the Meatheads said the later slot always brings the more rowdy audience.

"The mogul segment, of course, is awesome," skier Randy "The Hammer" Grasso said earlier that night. He also praised the segments filmed in Japan and New Hampshire's White Mountains and shots of Shea Flynn's urban riding in his hometown of Auburn, Maine (Flynn's mom cooked dinner for the Meatheads crew each night while they were filming). "Yeah, dude, Maine is where it's at," Flynn said.

Sure enough, Flynn's jib sessions drew shouts from the crowd. Only a rail segment filmed at UVM warranted louder applause from the local audience.

Other segments included big backcountry lines in Quebec's Chic Chocs, trees and pow at Stowe and Jay Peak and rainy bumps at Killington. The Meatheads also branched out from their East Coast stomping grounds for a Far East trip to Japan, where McDonald said they found terrain similar to their typical ski haunts.

Introducing the athletes.

Yet McDonald named his most memorable trips of the season as the two to the mid-Atlantic, where the Meatheads took advantage of last winter's rare epic snowfall to film in front of the Baltimore nightscape and at various landmarks in the nation's capital. "Nobody was out, it was like a ghost town," McDonald said.

Of course, no Meathead movie is complete without an appearance from Radio Ron, who traveled from his home in Ohio to close out the season on spring moguls at Sugarloaf. Ron attended the Burlington showing as well and shared his life philosophy before the movie: "Family, friends and mogul skiing," Ron said. "I've got a pretty short list."

If you missed the Meathead's webisode series, check them out here