If you were to put together a list of the most influential people in the ski industry, you’d be pretty foolish to not mention Scott Gaffney. As a long time director and editor with Matchstick Productions, Gaffney’s worked on some of the best ski films ever created (obviously that’s my own opinion, but I truly believe you’d be hard pressed to find someone who disagrees).
Despite being 54-years-old, and despite breaking a rib, bruising a knee, and blowing an MCL in mid-season crash, Scott Gaffney had a pretty rowdy 2022/23 ski year. To prove it, he dropped his season ski edit just yesterday for all of us to enjoy.
“Season GoPro edit of a phenomenal year ripping around Palisades Tahoe on two planks. Unfortunately a knee injury stripped me of 2+ months in the prime of the season (and that’s also why it’s a little more tame than normal), but let’s just say there’s some ‘nice’ skiing and stellar in-bounds conditions within. Kinda not terrible for a 54 year old?” – Scott Gaffney
I’d say there’s a lot more than some ‘nice’ skiing in that edit. Is he tossing flips off of every cliff? No, but he’s skiing better than most of us, and he’s certainly skiing better than most 54-year-olds that I’ve seen.
I’ll be the first to admit that I probably wouldn’t be able to drop most of the cliffs dropped throughout this video. How he’s still doing it after decades of harassing his knees through skiing is beyond me.
Let’s not forget the conditions in the clip either. 2022/23 was a ski season we won’t be forgetting any time soon. All we can hope for now is for the upcoming season to be half as good as last year.
Image Credit: Scott Gaffney via YouTube