It’s September. That period of ‘World-Cup-to-Heat-Wave (inclusive)’ which may be the happiest this country has ever been, is over. For some, this may be bad news. But at Ongosa we don't mind so much - we think everything happens for a reason, and the reason summer ends is so that we can get tucked up indoors, get the kettle on, and start getting excited about winter. Enter the ski movie.
Published on Tue 19 Mar, 2019
The 2018 Ski Movie Trailers You Need To See
This is the Ongosa rundown of all the trailers for the upcoming 2018 ski movies, snowboard movies, and general cliff-hucking, slow-motion-helicopter-flying, epic-sounding, chasing-the-stoke-on-snow-with-buddies movies you have to see this season. Dropping imminently in September and October, hover fingers over 'download' buttons in readiness for the biggest hitters of the 2018/19 season, they are nearly upon us and it's looking like a banger year.
Ode To Muir
By: Teton Gravity Research
In Their Words:
Teton Gravity's newest film Ode To Muir pairs professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect our Winters Jeremy Jones with two-time Olympian Elena Hight as they embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness. Their journey balances the challenges of winter camping, gruelling climbs up the Sierra’s biggest mountains, and aesthetic first descents with personal reflections on the importance of the natural world and those who first traveled it generations ago, and sharing perspectives gleaned from what it truly means to explore a great American Wilderness.
If You Enjoyed - Watching Jeremy Jones hike up stuff in Deeper (2010), Further (2012), and Higher (2014) you should love this.
By: Matchstick Productions
In Their Words: This concept is spearheaded by a talented group of hard-charging women who wanted to disrupt the male-dominated ski film formula. Skiing isn’t exclusionary. True fun in the mountains can be shared by everyone. This isn’t your typical “Women can shred too” film, this is a kick-ass ski film that just happens to feature as many women as men... this film will embody the spirit of past Matchstick films with high-action ski segments, stunning imagery and engaging humour.
If You Enjoyed - The fun-loving feel of Matchstick's Days Of My Youth (2014), and the way it balanced humour with some seriously burly segments too.
By: Matchstick Productions
In Their Words: Eric Hjorleifson lets his skiing speak for itself. He doesn’t stand on the bar and shout out his accolades. He skis for brands that give him 100% creative control over the equipment that he designs and uses. He chases storms. He ditches his cell phone for weeks at a time. His exploits are rarely flaunted on social media. In spite of all of this – or maybe because of it – he is a hero to legions of skiers across the globe.
If You Enjoyed - McConkey (2013), Hoji's first full-length feature all to himself looks to capture that same "Shane" spirit, riding for the fun of it without a care in the world.
By: Teton Gravity Research
In Their Words: The film follows the perspective of an athlete as he embarks on a journey to one of the most remote and unexplored mountain ranges on the planet, the Albanian Alps... Witness mind-bending pillow lines as the crew camps out deep in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. Experience urban madness in Kamchatka and the insanity of the Crazy Mountains in Montana. Join the crew in the Slovenian Alps for over-the-head cold smoke and watch an 11-year-old rip Jackson Hole. Discover the alien landscape of Girdwood, Alaska in January and see Sean Jordan ride into Crested Butte on a black stallion to shred the Southern Rockies.
If You Enjoyed - Rouge Elements (2017), we hope this will similarly showcase TGR's usual combo of the biggest big-mountain lines skied by some of the biggest names in backcountry.
By: Level 1
In Their Words: Following nearly two decades of ski movie pedigree, Level 1 documents a lifestyle of contradiction. Timeless ephemera. Love and money. Natural and synthetic. Powder and slush. Stagnant and innovative. Untracked and well-travelled. Consistent but not predictable. Swerving left, right and diagonal, yet never asleep at the wheel.
If You Enjoyed - Habit (2017), Pleasure (2016), hopefully this will be half as good as ANY of Level 1's stirling back-catalougue of jib flicks.
By: The Road West Travelled
In Their Words: A crew of backcountry skiers set out to explore Colorado’s lost ski areas in hopes to find adventure amongst the ruins. Instead, they discover the truth behind what made these areas close their doors for good. And illustrates what skiing used to be like before mega resorts and climate change wreaked havoc on independently owned ski areas.
Through heart-wrenching interviews with former owners, ski patrol, and historians, The Road West Traveled uncovers what it’s like to be a skier in Colorado's backcountry and what it means to go from lost, to found.
If You Enjoyed - Skiing in specific resorts in Colorado in the 1960's, or any good documentary with some nice scenery and a bit of human interest.
Tanner Hall - Here After
By: Armada Skis
Coming in October 2018 is legend Tanner Hall's latest film Here After shot in Montana, Alaska, California, and Sweden. After focusing on filming for the last decade or so, Tanner Hall will be competing in the five-stop Freeride World Tour for the 2019 season. If the trailer is anything to go by, he will be bringing all of his usual fearlessly-casual style to the comp circuit.
If You Enjoyed - Retallack (2017), or all of the last 20-odd years of redic skiing by Tanner Hall.
Helicopter shots got you hungry for backcountry? If you want to learn more, see what our friends at Thrillism thought of the best ski movies of 2019. Inspired to start learning to ski? Ongosa is the easiest way to book qualified ski guides and instructors who can help you get the most out of the mountain, whatever your needs.