The SnowBrains Podcast #24 | Scott Gaffney – Matchstick Productions Editor, Producer, Filmer, the G in Shane McConkey’s G.N.A.R., Lake Tahoe Surfer, & Badass Freeskier

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Brought to you by Tamarack Resort & Alta Ski Area

“You should not be doing things with the objective of making a social media post about it. Go do things for the experience, not because you get to make a post.” – Scott Gaffney

My guest today is Scott Gaffney. Scott is the filmer, director, and editor of the famous Matchstick Productions who makes some of the strongest ski movies in existence. Scott is literally the G in Shane McConkey’s game of GNAR (Gaffney’s Numerical Assessment of Radness) that we all love so well. He even edited and produced the movie GNAR. Scott has been all over the world and witnessed some of the most face-melting ski sessions that have ever gone down. His love for Squaw Valley Palisades Tahoe shines through all he does and his stories of spending time with and watching the progression of his best friend Shane McConkey are absolutely golden. Scott’s affinity for surfing in freezing cold Lake Tahoe during the winter is weird and fascinating. Scott is a world-class skier in his own right and is still crushing it at 52-years-old. Scott is truly an inspiration and what he’s seen go down in the ski world is intensely unique.

Please enjoy!


This episode is brought to you by Tamarack Resort:

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With an 84-year history, Alta is a place that is steeped in history and tradition. We’re not talking about your grandfathers or grandmothers mothbally ski sweater tradition. We’re talking about the birthplace of avalanche research in North America kind of tradition.

Alta is a place where the five independent lodges still offer the tradition of family-style dinners and ski bars that generations of skiers have frequented.

Alta’s opening day was November 24th. We will see you out there. And as Alta likes to say. Come for the skiing. Stay for the skiing.


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The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #24 – Scott Gaffney | Brought to you by Tamarack Resort & Alta Ski Area.

Recorded on November 11, 2021, in Park City, UT (Miles Clark) and Tahoe City, CA (Scott Gaffney).

This episode was edited by Jared White.

Music by Chad Crouch.

Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.

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