Jen Hudak ‘Moving Mountains’ Episode 1 – Path

Jen Hudak and Neu Productions recently decided to create a new 4 part webisode about the 2010/2011 season titled Moving Mountains. You know exactly what I’m about to say – Part 1 is here! It’s pretty much a run up to her aim to compete at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. She goes from Utah to Colorado, to Japan, to France and everywhere in between (pretty much). Here’s what she had to say about the video:

It’s hard to believe that summer has come to an end. The leaves have started to change, and soon will be littering the ground, readying it for the heavy snow that will inevitably fall. It is impossible not to reflect on the previous winter- the goals accomplished, the bad crashes, the fun that was had- and even more difficult to stop fantasizing about the adventures to come in the 11/12 season ahead. As I do my own reflecting, I can look back over the footage in this “Moving Mountains” series and see just how far I have come.

Working with John Roderick of Neu Productions ( last season to create this short film series was an honor. John’s cinematography and editing is incredible. The series takes an honest look into one of the toughest seasons of my career. It aims to shine some light on the less seen moments of our sport- to step away from the obvious aspects of skiing and dive into the knitty gritty. The short films explore the pressure, the pain, the satisfaction and the gains that we all experience in pursuit of a tremendous goal. We wanted to tell a story, backed by incredible action, about having the courage to dream, to take risks and to follow an unpaved path.

As we ventured from Utah to Colorado and on to Japan and France, the winter continued to keep us on our toes. This first piece serves as a set up for the rest of the series. It starts in Utah as I am preparing for the season ahead- reflecting, as I am now, on my past, and getting excited for what unknown adventures lie ahead. We captured my daily life in Utah from the U.S Ski Team gym, to Park City’s incredible pipe, and into the infamous Utah sidecountry- enjoying my last few days of freeskiing before jumping into the high-pressure contest circuit.

We are all on a journey of our own, trying to achieve something greater than ourselves. Last winter, I was given obstacles to overcome, and in doing so I grew as a human being. This is my attempt to share with you a side of myself that can’t be seen at the bottom of a pipe run. We took a risk with the project that we hope people, skiers and non-skiers alike, will appreciate and enjoy.

Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.


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