It’s not autumn to a skier, it’s ski film season. And it’s right around the corner. Here’s the scoop and a sneak peak at trailers for the five ski and snowboard flicks not to miss this year.
1. Warren Miller Entertainment: Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller Entertainment’s 65th film, Ticket to Ride, is to premier in October. Film highlights include Chris Davenport skiing the West face of the Eiger, Julia Mancuso chasing powder in the Arctic Circle and JT Holmes BASE-ing off massive cliffs deep in central Asia. The film also stars Ted Ligety, Seth Wescott, Jess McMillian, Sean Pettit and more as they tackle lines from the Alaskan Tordrillos to Iceland's Troll Peninsula.
2. Matchstick Productions: Days of My Youth, McConkey
Matchstick Productions and Red Bull Media House are working on a two-year film project titled Days of My Youth that will release in 2014. The film will take a look into the lives of skiers everywhere and the joys and struggles that go along with big mountain skiing. Exotic travel will be a key focus of the film, as the crew pushes the limites of aerial photography with their new camera, the Cineflex Elite. Skiers include Richard Permin, Mark Abma, James Heim, Michelle Parker, Cody Townsend, Markus Eder, Bobby Brown and Sam Anthamatten.
A special web series that includes behind-the-scenes footage and info on the making of the film launches in October. Meanwhile, the award-winning documentary, McConkey, tributes the life of the late Shane McConkey.
3. Teton Gravity Research: Way of Life
Teton Gravity Research’s Way of Life promises to take viewers on a journey to the mountains and inside the minds of today’s top athletes. The film aims to show that whether athletes spend their days dropping first descents in Alaska, lapping the local mountain or training for the Olympics, they’re part of a unique community. With imagery from three cutting edge cameras (the GSS, Red Cinema and the Sony Action Cam), the film traces the origins of skiing in Austria, searches for original lines in Alaska and documents the U.S. Freeskiing Team’s quest for Olympic gold.
4. Level 1 Productions: Partly Cloudy
Last year’s Level 1 film won Powder Magazine’s coveted “Movie of the Year” award. The movie was called Sunny. This season brings a slightly different forecast. Partly Cloudy is an unofficial sequel, and Level 1 hopes the same light-hearted, fun vibe will win over audiences again. Look for breakout segments by skiers Banks Gilberti and Lucas Stål-Madison. Partly Cloudy also stars Chris Logan, Will Wesson, Ahmet Dadali, Parker White, Tanner Rainville, Wiley Miller, Tim McChesney, Torin Yater-Wallace, Sammy Carlson and more. The film was shot on location in Utah, Sweden, Alaska, Colorado, Wisconsin, New York, British Columbia, France, Kansas, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, Finland, Idaho and Oregon.
5. Poor Boyz Productions: Chasing Skylines
Tracing Skylines follows Pep Fujas, Karl Fostvedt, Sean Pettit, Seth Morrison, Bobby Brown and Julien Regnier as they pursue their individual “trips of a lifetime.” Pettit and Fujas venture further into British Columbia and try glacier camping. Morrison bases out of a remote Alaska lighthouse and explores new terrain via heli. Fostvedt takes urban skiing to a whole new level in Detroit. Regnier tours the Haute Route between Chamonix, France and Zermatt, Switzerland, and Brown brings the crew back together for a memorable spring session.