Pretty Faces Kicks Men Out of the Picture 

The stor(ies) of skier girl(s

Nicole Yavis heliskiing Eagle Pass, at Revelstoke, British Columbia, with her trusty GoPro camera.

Lynsey Dyer

Nicole Yavis heliskiing Eagle Pass, at Revelstoke, British Columbia, with her trusty GoPro camera.

Appearing in more than 15 ski films—including several from big-name production companies like Warren Miller Entertainment and Teton Gravity Research—professional skier Lynsey Dyer kept getting frustrated with the finished product.

"I watched my own footage either get overlooked or just not have the impact that I hoped," Dyer told Boise Weekly. "I knew if that was happening to me, it was happening to girls everywhere."

Three years ago, the 31-year-old Sun Valley native called the production companies and asked them to send all their unused footage of women skiing. She edited some of the clips together and posted it online. After it gained some attention, she decided to make the project into something bigger.

The finished project—titled Pretty Faces: The Story of a Skier Girl, produced by Unicorn Picnic—will drop into the Egyptian Theatre on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Dyer turned to Kickstarter when she couldn't generate enough interest among sponsors for an all-female ski movie. The film raked in double the goal and became the most successfully funded action sports film on the platform—without a single dude in it.

"It's proof that people do want to see this and there is a market for it, even though I heard over and over that there wasn't," Dyer said.

The film tour kicked off Sept. 30 in Boulder, Colo., and it's weaving its way through the United States, with stops on both coasts and Alaska, as well as Canada. It will also jump the Atlantic Ocean and show in the Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and cities in the U.K. So far, every show has sold out.

Managing the global film tour is the job of a 27-year-old skier girl named Alexa Hinson. She's earning her degree in communications, cinema and digital media arts from Boise State University, but in between classes and pouring beer for Payette Brewing, Hinson spends all of her free time promoting the nontraditional ski film.

She followed her own nontraditional path onto the slopes, moving from California to McCall in high school.

"I didn't grow up skiing," she said. "I was the new girl in high school and I didn't play in the snow. I learned how to snowboard when I was 15, but I didn't learn how to ski until my 20s."

She got so wrapped up in ski culture that she started hosting ski films, like 2012's Into the Mind, by Sherpas Cinema, as a side project. That helped her make the connections to manage this tour.

"I was really nervous at first because it's a niche community," Hinson said. "It's a population within a population."

The film features only one guy, only once—and he's a hitchhiker. Hinson said the absence of males on the screen shouldn't discourage guys from checking out the show.

"We all ski together, we go to the movies that have boys in them and get stoked. So support your skier girlfriends and wives. Dads, bring your daughters," Hinson said. "Plus, there's all the hot babes."

Both Hinson and Dyer admit these ladies aren't jumping off the biggest cliffs or taking the gnarliest lines, but they're not being used as "models or props," either, as Hinson said she often sees in other ski films. According to Unicorn Picnic, only 14 percent of the athletes appearing in major ski films last season were women. In 2012, it was 9 percent.

Hinson said this ski film brings more impact to the screen, despite the relative tameness—emphasis on "relative." The movie still encompasses big mountain skiing, park stunts, snowmobiling and BASE jumping. She said this film is actually relatable to her as a skier.

"Don't get me wrong, I love Teton Gravity Research, but when guys are hucking big cliffs, I can't relate to that," Hinson said. "This movie plays on the struggles girls go through, the fear of dropping into a big line."

She said that along with lots of dancing, giggling, pink gear and "colorful stuff," it also plays off of the sense of community ladies create.

"That's how women are, we wait for each other at the lift, ski together, go pee together, everything," Hinson said. "I hope girls can connect at the movie, become friends on Facebook, go skiing together. That's different from traditional ski films."

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets cost $15. Raffle items at the show include a backcountry snowmobile trip for two, Smith goggles and lift tickets to Brundage. The movie will also show 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 at the Alpine Playhouse in McCall.

After spending so much time getting the word out about the movie, Hinson said she can't wait to see it on the big screen "with a good sound system, screaming with friends, an IPA in hand."

Unicorn Picnic | Pretty Faces Teaser from Unicorn Picnic Productions on Vimeo.

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