By the time winter started, my leg was great! I was off to film a segment for Greg Stump’s Blizzard of AAHHH’S part of which would be filmed in France. I am Californian. I grew up skiing in a culture where the sport is a part of life. But I couldn’t tell you where Chamonix was on a map. Not long after I was asked to join the French film shoot, Stump said, »Do you have a passport?«
»No, I’ll get one!« I said. »When do I leave? Next week! OK!!« I drove immediately to Los Angeles and somehow get a passport, Thank God it was pre computer days, there were no current court records of my arrest on file yet. I sold my car on the spot and hitch hiked to LAX airport to board a plane to “somewhere in Europe.” The film shoot was to be 6 weeks long (my trip would be longer). My next court date was the same day I was to arrive in Chamonix. Asking for an extension would have been fruitless.
I boarded the plane embarking into the unknown with no plans of ever returning to the USA. Officially in the US I was classified as a fugitive, but I had a new passport that was good for 10 years and a ski date, I will see what happens maybe I will have to join the French Foreign Legion for a few years or?
"I didn’t know or care at the time let’s just let the skis do the thinking for awhile."