Young, wild and still alive.
Maybe those are all the credentials you need to know about the local kid who skis off cliffs for film producers.
Micah Black of Cheney has a formula for staying alive doing what some people would call foolish ski stunts. He plans to share the insights with skiers of similar persuasions at Eastern Washington University Friday night.
Black has appeared in at least four free-skiing productions in the past few years. He was Powder Magazine’s cover story in December.
Black often has worked summers. One recent summer, he worked on a trawler in Alaska. In the winter, however, he skis. Period.
Black got his start in film when Real Action Pictures producers came to Jackson, Wyo., for segments of a film called “Into the Snow Zone.” He was a ski bum there, hired by the crew to lug camera gear.
“They had some professional skiers, but they didn’t know the area,” Black said. “I knew the area, and they got into the lines I was skiing. Basically I was just hucking my meat off 60-foot cliffs.”
Now, he even gets paid to ski in the summer in exotic locals such as New Zealand.
Paul Green, EWU recreation professor, said other young skiers with a lot less poise are trying the same stunts they see on action ski videos.
“I thought Micah could be an inspiration but also a reality check for these skiers,” Green said. “He’ll show how they set up shots for magazines and point out that sometimes it takes a week of checking snow and the area before they actually do the stunt.”
In other words, getting big air isn’t something done in a spontaneous adrenaline rush.
If you want to live long, you need judgment.
Black also will show a new release of a video on extreme skiing and snowboarding in Greenland, Alaska, Europe and other places.
But the most unusual part of the evening will be a drawing for a chance to get free personal on-the-snow tutelage from Black.
“We’ll draw 10 names from skiers who have good skills,” Green said. “Five will meet with Micah Saturday morning and five in the afternoon at 49 Degrees North. Lift tickets will be provided.”
For information, call Paul Green at 359-7097.
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MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: FREE SHOW Micah Black will present a free slide show and video on extreme skiing at 7 p.m. Friday at Eastern Washington University’s Martin Hall. A drawing will be held at the show for 10 skiers to do a special on-the-snow clinic with Black on Saturday.