Each year, they outdo themselves. With the constant progression of technology, talent and creativity; the sky seems to be the limit with these films. There’s this impressive, no-boundaries combination of athletes that will do anything for the sake of the sport and a cinematographer who will do anything to capture it.
Finish that off with top-of-the-line editing and a killer soundtrack and there’s no doubt that these films are some of the best ski and snowboard porno’s on the planet. Here is a list of five films that we’re excited about here at Heavenly (in no particular order):
McCONKEY, a much anticipated feature-length documentary, is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Shane McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping, and through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor he inspired countless lives. In a film from Red Bull Media House in association with Matchstick Productions, McCONKEY celebrates the life of one of the world’s ultimate innovators. Proceeds from the film will go to a trust set up for the McConkey family. – MSP Films
Another jaw dropping trailer with a pretty decent combo of mountain porn and insaaaaannne footage of some big ole drops. Way of Life is premiering at Mont Bleu in South Lake Tahoe on October 18 or at a theater near you.
Shot on location in 2013, Teton Gravity Research’s Way of Life takes you on a journey to the mountains and inside the minds of today’s top athletes. With stunning imagery created with GSS, Red Cinema, and the Sony Action Cam, this film explores the origins of skiing in Austria, the search for original lines in Alaska, and the U.S. Freeskiing Team’s quest for Olympic gold. The adventure also leads athletes to the rugged terrain of Jackson Hole and the Tetons, as well as the backcountry of British Columbia. Regardless of the terrain they ride, the athletes featured in Way of Life push the boundaries of what’s possible. This journey takes them across the globe as they form a brotherhood that needs no language. – TGR
The build-up of this film started in July with their Campaign Commercial. After weeks of webisodes and athlete interviews, they have finally released the official teaser for “Never Not Part 1” which is “premiering online” (whatever that means) on September 16. I am yet to see any details about tour dates or if the movie will be available on iTunes, but check their website frequently for details.
Side note: I especially liked this bit on The Sounds of Snowboarding.
Featuring a diverse cast of the world’s most talented riders, Never Not brings viewers along for a nonstop, all-terrain mission to the bleeding edge of snowboarding progression. From the high peaks of the Alaskan alpine to Canada’s powder highway to the streets of Moscow and the American Midwest, Never Not presents a mind-bending blend of backcountry and urban action. Whether your favorites are veteran powder pros like Nicolas Müller and Gigi Rüf or young and hungry riders on the rise like Jed Anderson, Jess Kimura, and Halldór Helgason, Never Not is a movie that will inspire you to get up and go riding. –Nike
You really can’t go wrong with anything that comes out of the Red Bull Media House who brought us films like The Art of Flight. The coolest part of this film is that they filmed an urban sesh in downtown Detroit. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of pow shots from Alaska and Steven’s Pass.
“Every skier knows what it’s like to call a few friends, pack up, and head out for a trip. Rather than spend another winter chasing storms, six of the top pros and their closest pals embark on their own interpretations of a “trip of a lifetime,” taking them deep into new and uncharted territory.” –Red Bull Media House
If you’re looking for a film that has insightful narration and a point of view unlike any other, check out Valhalla from Sweetgrass Productions. It appeals to skier and snowboarders alike and I have a feeling that anyone who just even likes snow or breathing oxygen might enjoy this film. There are a plethora of tour dates and I imagine this one would be pretty good to see on the big screen.
“Valhalla, Sweetgrass Productions’ fourth feature film, is the tale of one man’s search to rediscover the freedom of his youth. Feeling the distant heat of its fire still burning in the mountains of the frozen north, he goes in search of those tending the flame—the untamed, the wild, and the outcast dwelling on the fringe.
Weaving narrative-driven style with award-winning, face-melting backcountry ski and snowboard cinematography; Valhalla is a vivid explosion of color, character, snow, and nostalgic soul.” –Sweetgrass Productions
Watching ski and snowboard films is the perfect way to get snow back on the brain, so make sure you get a few of these under your belt before opening day on November 22!