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I’m Aaron McGovern I was born in Bennington, VT in 1972. I began climbing trees and X-country skiing at the age of two. My 4th grade teacher wanted me out of the classroom so I joined the 5th and 6th graders for Friday afternoon ski club on the local T-Bar called Prospect Mt. I think from the first day I started jumping it’s been all up in the air from then on. I raced for three years in high school and made it to the Eastern Championships. In college at the University of Vermont I fell back in love with skiing powder and having fun. In 1994 three of my friends and I moved to Squaw Valley to take a year off from getting real jobs. They had the first Squaw Valley Extreme skiing contest on the Nose to Fingers and I took 2nd. The following year I competed in three Extreme Skiing contests including the World Championships in Alaska. Shane McConkey started the I.F.S.A. and that summer and while living in Santa Cruz, I received a phone call from him, on a land line. He said, “You better get some sponsors, you’re third in the world and we are going to Europe for the Red Bull Snow Thrill. From there I got to film for T.G.R., Matchstick and Rap Films. I’ve accumulated about 20 film segments, 15 covers and some epic crashes. Powder started the Full Throttle Award for me and I have also received the Best Crash. After moving to Venice for two years I had a ski dream again and decided to move back to Squaw. Now I coach the Squaw Free Team and fly canopies when ever I can. Looking forward to filming with Soulryders this year. See you up in the air!
This film documents the amazing 2011 ski season through the eyes of North Lake Tahoe locals. Featuring JT Holmes, Robb Gaffney, Jason Mack and Aaron McGovern.