With the slow approach of fall comes the harvest: slowly but surely, the world’s purveyors of hi-res, hi-def and otherwise hi-level skiing footage are beginning to let samples of their freshest produce trickle out. Here’s a sampling of the goods so far. We’ll keep this page updated as new trailers come out, so keep checking back.
Teton Gravity Research: Far Out
Tour tickets, dates, and film info: tetongravity.com/farout
They say: “Join the TGR crew on one of its boldest missions ever. The film follows the perspective of an athlete as he embarks on a journey to one of the most remote and unexplored mountain ranges on the planet, the Albanian Alps. While the final destination appears to be the ultimate goal, it is the collective of athletes, experiences, and the array of locations around the world that inevitably drive the season’s adventure.”
We say: Ski-film powerhouse TGR is back with another eclectic mix from the front lines of the sport. The Kamchatka trip with Clayton Vila and Cam Riley promises to be an urban-skiing highlight, and we’re excited to see what guys like Fabian Lentsch and Sam Smoothy bring to the table. Plus, there’s Sean Jordan riding through Crested Butte on a black stallion. Finally, the Albanian Alps? Color us intrigued.
Matchstick Productions: ALL IN
They Say: “Matchstick Productions’ 2018 epic ski film delivers a first of its kind experience. This concept is spearheaded by a talented group of hard-charging women who wanted to disrupt the male-dominated ski film formula. Skiing isn’t exclusionary. True fun in the mountains can be shared by everyone. This isn’t your typical “Women can shred too” film, this is a kick-ass ski film that just happens to feature as many women as men.”
We Say: Heavy hitters MSP are back with what looks like another banger to follow up on last year’s successful romp Drop Everything. We look forward to more of the classic Matchstick blend of goofy, rad and gnarly and strong performances from the film’s leading ladies: Angel Collinson, Michelle Parker, Tatum Monod and Elyse Saugstad.
Level 1 Productions: Zig Zag
They say: “Following nearly two decades of ski movie pedigree, Level 1 documents a lifestyle of contradiction. Timeless ephemera. Love and money. Natural and synthetic. Powder and slush. Stagnant and innovative. Untracked and well-travelled. Consistent but not predictable. Swerving left, right and diagonal, yet never asleep at the wheel.”
We say: Standard-bearers Level 1 are back with a strong cast featuring several European riders like Sämi Ortlieb, Laurent de Martin, Peyben Hägglund, Kim Boberg and Oliver Karlberg in leading roles, as well as the return of Parker White to the roster. As always, we’re excited to see how the Level 1 crew steps the game up again.
Arianna Tricomi/Troublehaus: La Luce Infinita
They say: “Arianna Tricomi went on a journey to the north of Norway. She invited a lot of friends to join her celebrating spring shredding, a world title and the end of a amazing ski season. The action took place in Finnmark’s coast mountains around a beautiful little fisher town called Bergsfjord. Where the daylight is infinite and the ocean is surrounding every peak.”
We say: A short, feel-good film project about Arianna & friends’ sojourn in the Norwegian fjörds in the spring of 2018. We’re stoked to see that when this year’s Freeride World Tour champion isn’t crushing contests, she’s out organizing month-long touring trips and film projects with her crew.
Woop Productions: Sound of Silence
They say: “A young man born severely deaf faced exclusion from society from his early days on. He was bullied by his peers, branded a fool by his teachers, and locked away in a basement at his first job at a bank—but Robin Gillon found his way through, all thanks to skiing.”
We say: We already knew that Dutch rider Robin Gillon is a ripping skier—but we didn’t know the challenges he’s had to overcome as a deaf person. This documentary looks like an intriguing window into Robin’s life, and into the life-changing power of skiing.
Matchstick Productions: HOJI – The Movie
They say: “Eric Hjorleifson lets his skiing speak for itself. He doesn’t stand on the bar and shout out his accolades. He skis for brands that give him 100% creative control over the equipment that he designs and uses. He chases storms. He ditches his cell phone for weeks at a time. His exploits are rarely flaunted on social media. In spite of all of this – or maybe because of it – he is a hero to legions of skiers across the globe. This is who Eric is – this is HOJI.”
We say: With unparalleled skill and dedication, Hoji has worked and skied his way from a young buck to an undisputed icon—all while keeping an unusually low profile. As both his skiing and his passion for gear-tinkering continue to influence the sport, this feature flick from Matchstick throws the spotlight on this often understated ski hero from Alberta.