The Other Side of the Mountain, the true life story of Jill Kinmont. She passed away yesterday in Carson City (Nevada), February 9, 2012, at the age of 75.
Jill Kinmont was young upcoming skier, National US slalom champion and top prospect of the 1956 Olympics when she suffered a tragic accident during a downhill in Alta just shy of her 19th birthday. She was paralyzed from the neck down. Her story and life struggled was made into a movie in 1975 and a sequel in 1978. The first movie starred Marilyn Hassett, Beau Bridges and Dabney Coleman her coach and Mammoth’s founder, owner and operator Dave McCoy.
I remember seeing this movie on the TV as a kid, my mother really enjoyed it. I didn’t enjoy it, tear-dramas aren’t the type of movies that a 10 year-old kid would enjoy. I remember the skiing scenes and her accident. I had the chance to see this movie years later and it was a beautifully made movie. The movie was mostly filmed in Bishop and Mammoth where Jill grew up and lived.
There are a few skiing sequences, but the first one at the third minute of the movie with the music and skiing on Mammoth fits this drama well.
RIP Jill Kinmont
Here are two facts from the IMDb site:
The real Jill Kinmont was a technical adviser on the film. Her work included three days on Mammoth Mountain, where many of the ski racing shots were filmed. She was transported on a mechanical “snowcat”, with her wheelchair strapped to the back.
During filming, news reached Jill Kinmont that her cousin Jimmy Lewis, who had visited her during her hospitalization 19 years before, suffered a spinal cord injury in a fall and was paralyzed.
US Ski Hall of Fame bio: Jill Kinmont
US Ski Hall of Fame bio: Dave McCoy
Wikepedia: The Other Side of the Mountain
Wikepedia: Jill Kinmont
Wikipedia: Dave McCoy