February 26, 2005 by

Alec Stall

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Categories: Media, Sports

Alec Stall, an up-and-coming filmmaker, died on Feb. 14 while shooting a movie about extreme skiing. He was 23.
Raised in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Stall graduated last May from the University of Vermont with a degree in political science. While in school, he and his friends formed Meathead Films, a Burlington-based production company dedicated to producing East Coast ski pictures. Meathead Films has released four movies to date, three of which featured Stall.
Stall trekked up Mount Mansfield, the highest of Vermont’s peaks, on Feb. 14 with his friends Kristian Geissler, Chris James and Geoff MacDonald. He was being photographed by James and filmed by MacDonald while freeskiing down the steep chute high above Smugglers’ Notch when he lost his balance and fell about 30 feet from the edge of the cliff. Just then, a slab of snow above Stall broke loose and swept him off the cliff. He fell approximately 500 feet and died from the injuries he sustained. No one else was hurt in the avalanche.
Known as “Thumper” and “Baller,” Stall was passionate about extreme winter sports. From the ages of 12 to 17, he was a member of the freestyle mogul team in Killington, Vt. A slalom and giant slalom racer, Stall hoped to someday live in France in order to participate in the world’s most extreme skiing. Although he knew freeskiing was inherently dangerous, Stall viewed the sport as a natural high.
”You don’t know whether you’ll be able to walk away. You put it all on the line,” he once said.
Watch a Video of Stall in Action

One Response to Alec Stall

  1. Suzann

    I didnt actually know about Alec, but he seemed like an amazing guy. I know for a fact that you are missed by your family, and your well missed.
    May you rest in peace

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