Vintage Ski Video: Billy Kidd and Suzy Chaffee in Iran, 1978

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I love old ski movies. The simultaneous turns and tightly spaced skis carved in unison to disco beats just makes me happy. This one is no different. Two American ski stars travel to Iran to ski at the St. Moritz-modeled resort of Dizin. It’s 1978. Less than a year later Ayatollah Khomeni would stage his revolution, and Empress Farah and her husband, the Shah of Iran, would flee the country for good. But on this day, Suzy Chapstick and Billy Kidd shush to disco beats against dazzling sun and even take a lap with the Empress. Not a bad day on the slopes if you ask me.

Watching this video with the benefit of hindsight brings to mind the importance of relishing each moment. You just never know when your life will suddenly change. Perhaps this was Farah’s last day in Dizin. Who knows? I guess it’s a reminder to not put off until tomorrow the joy you could have today. What little piece of joy have you been postponing? What could bring you happiness today?

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  1. I CONCEIVED, PRODUCED AND SHOT THIS FILM! (NIRT, TEHRAN, SHOT ADDITIONAL B-ROLL)HBO RAN IT FOR A YEAR AS AN INTERMISSION PIECE, UNTIL THE REVOLUTION BEGAN. HER MAJESTY, THE EMPRESS, WAS A MAGNIFICENT PERSON WITH WHOM TO WORK, ALONG WITH MY LONGTIME FRIENDS, BILLY KIDD AND SUZY CHAFFEE. WE ALL STILL KEEP IN TOUCH. WONDERFUL TO SEE IT ON THE INTERNET. IT WAS ENTITLED THE IRANIAN SKI SCENE. BARRY ZeVAN, AGE 74 (TOMORROW, AUGUST 5TH), MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA.
    (BNZ1@aol.com)

  2. FOOTNOTE TO MY IRANIAN FILM COMMENT: I SHOULD HAVE WATCHED DICK BARRYMORE’S PIECE FIRST BEFORE STATING I SHOT WHAT’S SHOWN HERE. WE SHOT SIMULTANEOUSLY, BUT DIFFERENT FILMS, MINE FOR TV, HIS FOR AUDITORIUMS. I HAD TAKEN HIM ALONG (WHICH HE WONDERFULLY ACKNOWLEDGED IN THE FILM THAT APPEARS HERE, AND THANKS TO THE LATE MR. BARRYMORE, SADLY GONE FROM US NOW) BECAUSE HE WAS A LONGTIME FRIEND, TOO. I CAN GET MY FILM, THE IRANIAN SKI SCENE, SHOT AT THE SAME TIME (AS I JUST STATED), TO YOU, KIM, IF YOU’LL RTELL ME HOW TO UPLOAD TO YOUR SITE. THANK YOU, AGAIN. GREAT TO SEE MYSELF IN DICK’S FILM, MUCH YOUNGER!!! BARRY ZeVAN, MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BNZ1@aol.com)

  3. Thanks for this great film. I as a german skied in Dizin and Shemshak as well two different winters. It is still a place of freedom for the Iranians who can afford. Here obviously not much has changed. I`d be glad to see more of it. We stayed with a family just the village before Dizin, whose sons compete for Irans national ski team. They gave us there a very good time.
    Hope for a better future for this great country.

  4. Thanks for sharing this gem! Pretty sick looking tehran (ha!)! @chris– no doubt: I also hope for a better future for this beautiful country. Theocracy; however, is not the answer. Hopefully, someday, all Iranians will be able to shred some pow democratic style.
    @Barry I’d love to see your footage.

  5. Pingback: A Look at Suzy “Chapstick” Chaffee: Olympic Skiing Legend « Trail's Edge Blog

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