To say that a lot has changed in the world in the past year, would be the year’s biggest understatement. But at least one thing has remained constant: the yearly crop of ski films from creators big and small.
As crews and companies begin to drop the trailers for their upcoming releases, we’re doing you the service of collecting all 2020 ski movie trailers right here in the Downdays Trailer Yard. Make sure to keep dropping by, as we’ll update the list regularly.
der Tiroler und sein Piefke 2 | Midiafilm
Showing at the Freeride Film Festival this fall. dertirolerundseinpiefke.com
They say: Roman Rohrmoser and Felix Wiemers are good old friends who have been skiing together for over 10 years. One of them, the textbook German “Piefke” has been coming to Zillertal for 20 years, and the other, a Zillertal local, simply grew up there. Speaking the same language yet not understanding each other due to their dialects makes for a funny portrait about both athletes during what seems to be their best winter since forever. A lot of sick action, deep pow shots, ranging from misunderstandings to occasional skiing and boring daily routines.
We say: Have you heard the old joke about European heaven vs. European hell? In European heaven the Italians cook the food, the Germans do the organizing, and the Brits tell the jokes. In European hell the Brits cook the food, the Italians do the organizing, and the Germans tell the jokes. “Der Tiroler und sein Piefke” is German humor at its finest. To be fair, a good bit of Austrian humor too—which can only help the situation.
Go Go Go | Mike Henitiuk/Callum Pettit
October 5. @go.go.go.movie
They say: A simple story about friends traveling the Japanese country side via RV. With the world as their oyster, who knows what they’ll find –> Shot on Super8 film.
We say: We were big fans of Mike Henitiuk & friends’ Seeking Nirvana series, and are always excited to see what they’ve cooked up next.
Purple Mountains | Liars & Thieves/Teton Gravity Research
World premiere September 16. purplemountainsfilm.com
They say: Our outdoor playgrounds are in peril and our votes this November will decide their future. Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones has watched winters change drastically during his 45 years spent in the mountains. More extreme weather, fewer snow days, and economic strain on mountain towns. And yet, climate change remains a divisive issue. In the new film Purple Mountains, Jeremy seeks common ground in the heart of America’s purple states, having honest discussions with individuals who don’t see eye to eye with him.
We say: For over a decade, snowboard legend Jeremy Jones has been beating the drum of climate change awareness, trying to wake up not just the snowsports industry, but governments and legislators to the the threats of a warming world. Purple Mountains is his latest effort, as Jeremy sits down for some heart-to-heart conversations with those who aren’t yet on board with his message.
Halcyon Days | LORE Films
Free 24-hour premiere on Newschoolers, 13 October. loreagency.us
They say: Halcyon Days (noun): a calm and peaceful period of time in the past. With everything going on nowadays, the title seemed even more fitting. Joona Kangas showed us around his hometown resort of Levi, Finland in the Arctic Circle. Jacob Hyllengren Larsson gave us a look into the ski scene within the city of Oslo, Norway. Torge Nagel and Lucas Mangold showed us around the seemingly endless different ski resorts surrounding Innsbruck, Austria. Last but not least Kai Mahler introduced us to the freestyle heaven known as Laax, Switzerland.
We say: A new comer to the ski-movie crop this year, Halcyon Days looks like a whirlwind tour through the core scene in Europe, from the frigid nights of Finland to the all-star parks of Austria and Switzerland. With guys like Kai Mahler getting plenty of screen time, this one ranks high on the anticipation list.
Featuring Joona Kangas, Kai Mahler, Eirik Moberg, Jacob Hyllengren Larsson, Anttu Oikkonen, Lukas Schlickenrieder, Lucas Mangold, Torge Nagel, Daniel Hanka, Tobias Huber, Miika Virkki, Aleksi Laitinen.
Magma II | Alex Hall & Hunter Hess
Dropping November 13. @magma.film
They say: MAGMA 2 starring Hunter Hess and Alex Hall dropping November 13. Video by Owen Dahlberg.
We say: Watch out B-Dog and E-Dollo; A-Hall and Hunter are on track to become skiing’s new tag team. After last year’s initial eruption in Magma, the boys are back again with more jaw-dropping backcountry antics.
Nothing | Level 1 Productions
No release information. @nothing_confidential
They say: Level 1 presents NOTHING. A multi-discipline short film about the relatable joy of riding down snow. Based on the life and times of Parker White. Skiing. Snowboarding. Powder Surfing. Filmed on location in Hokkaido & Mt Baker, WA.
We say: Level 1 pulled a sneaky on us! They said they wouldn’t be making any more movies, and now here they are, promoting this Mt. Baker romp with Parker and the funky bunch. We’re not mad, though—in fact, quite the opposite.
Featuring Parker White, Duncan Adams, Forest Bailey, Lucas Stål Madison, Matt Wainhouse, Patrick McCarthy. Directed by Freedle Coty.
Tanner Hall Forever | Frozen Ambrosia
Online on-demand release on 6 October. frozenambrosia.com
They say: With seven Winter X-Games gold medals and a career spanning twenty years, Tanner Hall has cemented himself as an icon and legend in the sport of skiing. Now, at age 35, he’s decided to enter the Freeride World Tour; a five-stop competition circuit in which skiers are judged on their ability to descend through rugged, un-groomed terrain. Having never competed in a freeride competition, Tanner embarks on the latest chapter of his career, struggling against the limits of an aging body while confronting the darkest memories of his past.
We say: Tanner reunited with Constantine Popanicolaou, the creator of T-Hall classics like Show & Prove (2006), Believe (2007) and The Massive (2008), on a new look at the Ski Boss’s life as he plies the waters of the Freeride World Tour. Worth a watch? Who are we kidding—this is Tanner Hall we’re talking about.
Salute | Henrik Harlaut
Cinema release in October, online release in November. @salute.2020
They say: “SALUTE is a 2 year project, a world wide trip taking you through the backcountry, the streets, behind the comps and into the park. Follow Henrik Harlaut and some of the World best skiers as they embark on the 2019 and 2020 seasons. From dedication, to history and dominance, take a deeper dive into what really makes Henrik tick. This is a SALUTE to freeskiing.”
We say: This trailer still dates from last year, so you can expect a new one any day now. With an all-star supplemental cast, the expertise of STEPT Productions and two seasons’ worth of footage from a modern freeskiing master, SALUTE might be the most anticipated movie of the year.
Featuring Henrik Harlaut, Øystein Bråten, Karl Fostvedt, Jacob Wester, Chris Logan, Sammy Carlson, Clayton Vila, Noah Albaladejo, Cam Riley, Oscar Wester, Tom Ritsch, Isaac Simhon, Valentin Morel, Morten Grappe.
SKIVAS | Coline Ballet-Baz
Online release in Fall 2020. @coline_balletbaz
They say: “SKIVAS is a 100% female ski movie by Coline Ballet-Baz, produced by BUG Visionaries and directed by UPLAND Films. Ten of the best female skiers and snowboarders meet during the 2020 winter season to stack shots in urban, freeride and backcountry, and to show that freeskiing is more than a sport, but a lifestyle and an art. Here is the first taste of what they have been up to.”
We say: The year’s most exciting women’s project comes from Coline Ballet-Baz, who retired from contest skiing only to head straight into the streets and the backcountry with a strong supporting cast of female riders from different disciplines.
Featuring Coline Ballet-Baz, Taylor Lundquist, Kim Lamarre, Rosina Friedel, McKenna Brown, Marion Haerty, Juliette Willmann, Marie Bovard, Emma Dahlström and Jennie-Lee Burmansson.
Base Reality | Nada Film
Online release on 30 September. nadafilm.com
They say: “Are we living in a simulation? Trailer for a short ski film based on theory laid out by philosopher Nick Bostrom, produced by Marcus Rönne featuring the skiing of Jacob Wester, filmed in Chamonix, France.”
We say: Ever feel like you’re living in a video game? Stomp tricks and ski lines like Jacob Wester, and you might feel like you are. This interesting short from Jacob and Marcus Rönne promises to bend your mind in more than one direction.
Gore Flex | Buldozlife
Fall 2020. @buldozlife
They say: “Trailer. Gore-Flex 2020 by Buldozlife. Coming Fall 2020. CLR.”
We say: Buldozlife lets their skiing do the talking. This lo-tech, high-vibe Swiss crew is back with another romp through the mountains and streets of the Romandie.
Face B | K2 France/Maxime Ramoul
Online release in fall 2020.
They say: “Face B, a documentary and a book to come starring Jules Bonnaire, Joffrey Pollet-Villard, César Fabre, Pierre Rougeot & Paul Roques. For the six of us it’s been a number of years that our life remains to a shared passion: freeskiing. A culture that made us who we are. This year we will spread a vision shaped by the time we spent up there, trying to keep alive a spirit we care about. We would like leave a mark to give back and pay respect. To those who read these words, we take you with us.”
We say: Freshies from a strong French squad with a long history in the freeski game.
Bermuda | Strictly
Free 24-hour online release, 27-28 October on Newschoolers. strictlycreate.com
They say: “The second full-length ski film from Strictly, Bermuda. Dropping for free – 24-hours only, 1pm October 27-28 – presented by Newschoolers.“
We say: Hot on the heels of last year’s Welcome, the Strictly crew returns with another offering from one of North America’s hungriest young crews.
Featuring Benny Smith, Sam Zahner, Pete Koukov, Parker Norvell, Ethan Swadburg, Calvin Barrett, Taylor Brooke Lundquist, Carson Kerr, McRae Williams, and Levi Ascher.
Huck Yeah! | Matchstick Productions
Dropping in September 2020. matchstickpro.com
They say: “Matchstick Productions’ 2020 ski film is packed with the best skiers in the world charging hard and having fun in some of the most spectacular locations. Prepare to have your mind blown as Hoji, Sam Kuch, Bobby Brown and the breakout girl posse ‘The Blondes’ have the time of their lives shredding and stomping. With the global shut-down of the pandemic we are reminded how important it is to spend time outdoors with friends having fun. This film is a balance of personal action segments and location/story-based segments that not only show progressive skiing but interesting stories. Grab a beer, some popcorn and yell ‘Huck Yeah!’ with the most fun ski movie of 2020.”
We say: For a company with a rich history of oddball humor, the trailer for Huck Yeah! is so conventional that it could be satire. Are we being trolled here? “I just want to ski, man! Skiing feels so good.” I mean, you’re not wrong.
Featuring: Lucas Wachs, Janelle Yip, Sam Kuch, Lucy Sackbauer, Chris Rubens, McKenna Peterson, Connery Lundin, Emily Childs, Bobby Brown, Arianna Tricomi, Mark Abma, Michelle Parker, Eric Hjorliefson, Tonje Kvivik, Karl Fostvedt, Adam Kuch, Banks Gilberti, Jossi Wells, Torin Yater Wallace.
Make Believe | Teton Gravity Research
No release information, premieres beginning in September. tetongravity.com
They say: “‘Inspiration is evoked spontaneously and without intention…’ Sometimes it comes in the form of a photograph, a chance encounter on a chairlift, or a glimpse at a mountain never seen before. When combined with motivation, the spark of inspiration becomes a dream, and when pursued gives our lives a new purpose. For 25 years TGR has focused on turning ‘Make Believe’ into reality, from exploring powder stashes in our backyard playground to first descents on unnamed peaks, the ethos of ‘live the dream’ has defined our adventures. Make Believe celebrates today’s athletes who have committed to this ethos, the ones who have fallen deeply in love with the mountain life, the people who have chosen to live their lives in a particular way, from inception to reality, the ones who choose to make and believe in their dreams.”
We say: Sammy Carlson and Karl Fostvedt join TGR’s 2020 outing alongside regulars like Durtschi, Hinchcliffe, McNutt, McChesney, Collinson et al. Me likey.
Featuring Sammy Carlson, Griffin Post, Nick McNutt, Parkin Costain, Colter Hinchliffe, Caite Zeliff, Sam Smoothy, Tim Durtschi, Ian McIntosh, Kai Jones, Christina Lustenberger, Tim McChesney, Blake Wilson, Mikey Marohn, Karl Fostvedt, and Jake Hopfinger.