Cool WIRED article about the logistics of Sweetgrass's AFTERGLOW

Cool WIRED article about the logistics of Sweetgrass's AFTERGLOW

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Cool WIRED article about the logistics of Sweetgrass's AFTERGLOW

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Logistically, it was a nightmare. Making each light suit required sewing 7,000 LEDs onto each skiers’ gear. Of course, some of them would burn out or otherwise go on the fritz, bringing filming to a halt while repairs were made.

As if skiing in gear covered in LEDs wasn’t tricky enough, these guys were doing it at night. Pep Fujas and Eric Hjorleifson are two of the best skiers on the planet, but even they found it daunting trying to negotiate steep, rugged, densely wooded terrain that would be a challenge in broad daylight. It didn’t help that the snow occasionally blew and billowed up around them; the bright light reflecting off all that powder could be blinding. It’s not unlike driving with your brights on in a snowstorm.

“A couple times the skiers were like, ‘Holy shit, that was scary,’” Waggoner says.

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