From the big-dog production companies to the scrappy little street hounds, the Downdays Trailer Yard provides a comprehensive overview of this year's crop of ski movies. Scroll on to get your fill of the year's best ski action, captured on sensor, hard drive, and who knows—maybe even on film. And keep checking back — we'll keep the list updated as new trailers come out!
Global tour begins 2 October www.roots.movie
What they say: "Faction’s third feature film uncovers the foundations of freeskiing as seen by the current generation of skiers. From the caves of the Dolomites to the nightscapes of Ruka and the mythic peaks surrounding Verbier, Roots takes us on a journey through the vibrant spectrum of freeskiing. In co-production with Red Bull Media House."
What we say: Faction doesn't just have perhaps the deepest and most diverse team in skiing; they've also got the most robust media operation to back it up. The Collective returns with their third full-length production, and we are definitely here for it.
Featuring: Alex Hall, Alexis Ghisleni, Antti Ollila, Astrid Cheylus, Bella Bacon, Ben Buratti, Blake Wilson, Cody Cirillo, Daniel Hanka, Duncan Adams, Elisabeth Gerritzen, Kadi Gomis, Mac Forehand, Margaux Hackett, Markus Fohr, Matěj Švancer, Mathilde Gremaud, Micah Evangelista, Sam Anthamatten, Sandra Eie, Sarah Hoefflin, Simon Charrière, Sophia Rouches, Tim McChesney, Tim Sivignon & Yann Rausis
September 2021 matchstickpro.com
What they say: "For decades, the pursuit of adventure, deep powder and massive spines has taken professional skiers like Mark Abma and Michelle Parker to the far reaches of the globe. As skiers, the desire to seek more and to escape is ingrained in our DNA. But that doesn’t mean our immediate surroundings don’t possess their own special treasures. Presented by Toyota, Matchstick Productions brings to you their newest creation, THE STOMPING GROUNDS."
What we say: Flagship freeski filmmakers MSP have been around the block, and then some. After years of experimenting with their format, it looks like they've returned to the ol' tried and true: a deeply talented squad, absolutely sending it. Though the hardcore jibbers among us have often criticized the lack of street skiing in MSP flicks, there's no denying that when it comes to big mountain gnarnia, the 'Stick is still the best in the business.
Featuring: Mark Abma, Rory Bushfield, McKenna Peterson, Michelle Parker, Karl Fostvedt, Tom Wallisch, Logan Pehota, Sam Kuch, Connery Lundin, Lucas Wachs, Banks Gilberti, Cole Richardson, Janelle Yip, Tonje Kvivik, Emily Childs, Adrien Grabinksi, Sam Cohen, Jay Rawe, Wing Tai Barrymore, Colby Stevenson, Hedvig Wessel, Nikolai Schirmer, Taylor Pratt, Lucy Sackbauer, Collin Collins and Trevor Semmens
What they say: "A short film featuring Jake Mageau, directed by Brady Perron. An unconventional piece from an unconventional year. Living in the same Salt Lake City neighborhood, Jake and Brady shot entirely within 30 minutes of their homes, forgoing travel to find inspiration close to home. The result is a piece that only they could have created - down to earth, accessible, creative and mind-blowing, all at once."
What we say: Level 1 teams up with innovative filmmaker Brady Perron for this exciting-looking feature on one of the most outside-the-box skiers of our time. Color us intrigued.
Featuring: Jake Mageau
What they say: "We are celebrating the highs and lows of the pandemic winter season 2021 with a last dance on our gliding surface of choice. Sending our favorite time of the year a last goodbye. Honoring our cold friend with a melancholy, poetic yet beautiful salute."
What we say: Enjoy some beautiful Alpine scenery and brush up on your Ladin: This short project is a soulful tribute to winter, courtesy of three-time FWT champion Arianna Tricomi and her friend Marco Tribelhorn, aka Troublehaus.
Featuring: Ari Tricomi
Tour starts September 18 tetongravity.com
What they say: "TGR’s Stoke the Fire explores our athletes’ evolution within skiing and the pure joy that manifests from that process. The stoke means different things to different people based on where they are in their evolution. For some it is about committing to a new world, a lifestyle, and the friendships that blossom from that commitment. The choice to enter this world is a spark, and with every new experience the fire grows. With more knowledge comes more exploration, both physically and geographically, that helps to understand what those raw experiences connected with nature do for the soul. With more experience an examination of our shared history becomes important, and ultimately some of us might want to test our limits at the upper echelon of what is possible by drawing upon the sum of our knowledge and experiences. While the answers we find are different for everyone the pursuit of this evolution is something sacred, the pursuit is what stokes the fire."
What we say: After 26 years, TGR is still keeping the stoke alive. As for us, we're stoked to see Sammy C's shots.
Featuring: Caite Zeliff, Christina Lustenberger, Colter Hinchliffe, Dane Tudor, Elyse Saugstad, Griffin Post, Ian McIntosh, Jim Ryan, Johnny Collinson, KC Deane, Kai Jones, Nick McNutt, Parkin Costain, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Tim Durtschi, Veronica Paulsen
Online 24 November on Line Skis YouTube @burrrlapz
What they say: "Skiing may be a sport of individuals, but when you have a legendary crew like the Burrrlapz, it feels anything but individual. It takes a team to produce a full movie, homemade or not, and that's just what the Burrrlapz is; a group of individuals, brought together to make one solid team. Football represents the return of the Burrrlapz, and they're coming at you with one heck of an offensive line this time around. So grab your overpriced beer and nachos and find your seats, 'cause this is one football game you won't want to miss."
What we say: The antics of this fun-loving Canadian squad are always worth a watch.
Featuring: Liam Morgan, Lokal Dave, Skier Cole, Sophie Perrault, Mikel Witlox, Dylan Siggers, Garret Capel, Joshua Lloyd, Josh McSkimming, Kevin Frank
Online this fall @_entourage._
What they say: "Our latest film, YAKTV is dropping for free online this fall. But you already knew the vibes."
What we say: This hungry young crew from Bozeman, Montana seeks to deliver the vibe. Bonus: telemark jibbing. What's not to love?
Featuring: Entourage crew
What they say: "The heart beats the same in our chest
we breathe the same air
are tightly connected
are all the same
on the same journey.
Three ski-women who might have never met if it wasn’t for their shared passion.
A film by el.Makrell to celebrate the connections that skiing brings to our lives."
What we say: Innsbruck-based crew El.Makrell serves up a spotlight on three leading ladies in the core Alpine scene.
Featuring: Alice Michel, Rosina Friedel, Stephanie Mössler
Premiere at High Five Festival @mediappiness
What they say: "S.W.A is a film mixing two worlds, that of skiing and hip hop!"
What we say: A French crew keeps it real.
Featuring: Julian Caillet, Andreas Herranz, Hugo Monmont, Maxime Vogt, Édouard Therriault, Mathieu Dufresne, Matej Svancer, Daniel Bacher, Simo Peltola, Philippe Boilydoucet, Max Gumuchian, Melwin Moren, Kadi Gomis, Paul Vieuxtemps, Luca Natal, Mirco Ferrari
What they say: "Slav and Friends is a two year video project about my ski adventures with some of my best friends. Full movie premieres at our event Freeski & SNB Premiere 24.9.2021 in Prague. Dedicated to our friend Richie Jurecka."
What we say: Our favorite Slav is back at it with the debut of his latest project. Get out your track pants because this one will have you squatting flat-footed.
Featuring: Simon Bartik, Daniel Hanka, Voita Bresky, Honza Novotny, Tomas Kroczek, Stepan Hudecek, Marek Skala, Alex Hall, Tereza Korabova & friends
What they say: "A project produced by Keegan Kilbride and Cam Willis. Full movie coming Fall of 2021, Featuring some of Keegans favorite skiers and best friends. The idea behind this page is is simple, 'I want to put out some good ski content and allow anyone who is interested to follow along while we raise some money for an organization close to home.' - Keegan"
What we say: Streetwise savant Keegan is the next ex-Level 1 athlete to get on the "solo project with friends" train, backed up by Cam Willis on the cams. One for the real ones.
Featuring: Keegan Kilbride, Chris Logan, Will Berman, Ben Smith, Seamus Flanagan, Birk Irving, Charlie Babcoc
What they say: "A bioregion of volcanoes, watersheds and relentless coastal storms. A land as diverse as its people. A unifying identity of fun-seeking exploration. In 2021, the Blank Collective ventured down some less known roads in familiar territory, dove deep into the squall of winter and journeyed high above the valleys that we call Home. These are our tales from Cascadia."
What we say: There's no better crew than British Columbia-based Blank to deliver up a rousing tribute to the charms and quirks of the Pacific Northwest. Let 'er rip.
Featuring: Stan Rey, Alexi Godbout, Anna Segal, Josh Daiek, Chris Rubens, Aaron Blunck, Jordy Kidner, Eric Hjorleifson, Lexi Dupont, Ian Morrison, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, Cole Richardson, Drew Petersen, Leah Evans, Emma Patterson, & Greg Hill
World premiere on October 7 strictlycreate.com
What they say: "An all powder film from Strictly. 1 of 3 Strictly films releasing this fall"
What we say: With two full movies (Welcome in 2019 and Bermuda in 2020) under their belt, the Colorado-based Strictly crew is diversifying in 2021 and dropping three separate, shorter cuts instead of one long film. "Wildcard" is the all-powder feature and stars a stacked roster of some of skiing's hungriest BC blasters.
Featuring: Benny Smith, Parker Norvell, Levi Ascher, Jonah Elston, Thayne Rich, Lucas Wachs
What they say: "An all street film from Strictly. 1 of 3 Strictly films releasing this fall."
What we say: This year's street-only offer from Strictly features the hustle of Sam Zahner, Calvin Barrett, Pete Koukov and friends. A must-see for those who like their skiing dirty.
Featuring: Sam Zahner, Calvin Barrett, Pete Koukov, Will Berman, Carson Kerr, Seamus Flanagan
Online December 2021 | strictlycreate.com
What they say: "August Light (Have a Nice Day) presented by Scott 1 of 3 Strictly films to be released this fall."
What we say: The third movie project from Strictly centers around the talents of Ethan Swadburg. While the other projects are more street and BC-focused, this one looks to be the most well-rounded (and light-hearted) of this year's Strictly trilogy.
Featuring: Ethan Swadburg, Jonah Williams, Patrick Ring, Taylor Lundquist
No release information | @bavariandudes
What they say: "Jetzt is soweit. Do is da Trailer zu Hoamspui. Unserem neusten Schmankerl des Hauses! Ein Heimatfilm versüßt mit ein paar akrobatischen Ski und Snowboardmanövern hinterlegt mit heimatverbundener Musik aus der Glitzerbeisl Schmiede. Riesen Dank an alle Fahrer, die den besonderen Winter so wunderschön trotz den Umständen gemacht haben!"
What we say: A little home-brewed goodness from the Bavarian Dudes documenting a season without ski lifts in Germany.