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Aspen Peak - 2016 - Issue 2 - Winter

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ASPENPEAK-MAGAZINE.COM  165 PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSE JAMES HOFFMAN Snow scenes: Aspenite Sam Coffey cuts the day's first tracks on Aspen Mountain in an image captured by director and photographer Jesse James Hoffman. When 25-year-old Aspenite Jesse James Hoffman scored a coveted last-minute spot in REDirect Explore, a prestigious adventure-film contest organized by the camera company RED Digital Cinema, he was an underdog up against big-name outdoors cinematographers. Along with coproducer and mentor Chris Davenport, Hoffman spent two months last spring clambering through 13,000-foot couloirs with a 50-pound camera pack to shoot, and later edit, his first film, which examines LIGHTS, CAMERA, SKI! EMERGING ASPEN DIRECTOR JESSE JAMES HOFFMAN POINTS HIS LENS AT COLORADO'S MOST BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS—AND THEIR MOST GRACEFUL SKIERS. BY TESS WEAVER STROKES the art of backcountry skiing. The Process, shot entirely in the Elk Mountains and featuring only local skiers, took second place in the competition, earning Hoffman a $10,000 camera and a reputation as one of the ski-film industry's finest up-and- coming directors. Here he speaks about the experience, his future, and his Roaring Fork Valley roots. FROM A TO SKI SPORT

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