Over the past six years, Sammy Carlson’s filmmaking oeuvre has grown like a snowball rolling down the hill, getting bigger and better each and every year. You want a real time capsule? Go back and watch Rejoice (2018), Over Time (2019), Resilience (2020), North of Now (2021) and YUP (2022). Then settle in for what feels like a culmination of sorts: Sammy’s latest, Kamase.
For most of the past decade, we’ve gotten used to Sammy dropping solo projects like clockwork, season after season. By now it almost feels routine, even though Sammy manages to step things up each and every year. Kamase is a clear break of that routine. For starters, it’s not just Sammy destroying his adopted home turf of British Columbia. Instead, we get a three-chapter cycle that sees Sammy floating effortlessly in deep Japanese pow (seriously, does anyone make pow skiing look as fun as Sammy?), then returning to B.C. for a good old-fashioned pillow romp, before a climactic closing up in big-boy terrain, Alaska.
Through it all, Sammy demonstrates his absolute mastery in any terrain, a cross-disciplinary talent unlike any other that we’ve seen in skiing before. Is it time to start making the Candide Thovex comparisons yet? While I might be poking the hornets’ nest with that humble observation, it’s clear for anyone to see: Sammy Carlson is on a new level.
From YouTube: See Sammy Carlson adventure to the high mountain peaks of Alaska, British Columbia and Alaska to push the boundaries of what is possible deep into the mountains. This back country terrain proved to be the perfect canvas for Sammy to push the limits of skiing. Joined by his friends Vinzenz Keller, Todd Ligare, Yu Sasaki, Yoshiya “Bull” Urata the crew spent the winter of 2022/23 in some of the world’s most remote locations.