“The Bolero Project” is hands-down my favorite short ski film of all time. While this statement dates me as a skier who came of age in the early 2000s, I still stand by it today. The reason? There’s still no better 15-minute clip of skiing and snowboarding that you can toss on the screen, and get 15 minutes straight of ooohs and aaaahs from everyone in the room.
This early effort from cult-classic ski filmmaker Kris Ostness and Howie Arnstad is a special timepiece from the beginnings of the “Utah Gap Jump Era” that documents some of the very first sessions at places that are now legendary—Chad’s Gap, Pyramid Gap, Leviathan Gap, Flagstaff Gap—with the skiers who pioneered them. Beyond the huge gap antics, there’s also a healthy slice of the most stylish terrain park antics of the time. Filmed entirely, of course, on actual film — because that’s what heroes do.