Nov 03, 2011

BIG SCREEN SKIING

It’s movie time! The biggest ski film companies have all released their work in anticipation of the upcoming season. This year, ATOMIC riders feature almost everywhere, and once again are stealing the show when it comes to major video productions.

There is no better way to get yourself in the mood for the upcoming season than watching a ski movie. Great soundtracks, skillfully shot footage, nifty editing, and above all the best action from the greatest freeskiers in the world. ATOMIC athletes feature heavily in this year’s movies, no more so than in the latest Teton Gravity Research (TGR) movie, One For The Road. This production company is well known for producing the best big mountain action, and ATOMIC athletes, Dana Flahr, Daron Rahlves,Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Todd Ligare and Chris Benchetler  take the limelight, tearing up terrifyingly exposed lines and sending heart-stoppingly large drops. Meanwhile the other freeski disciplines are all covered here, with Sven Kueenle showing off his big mountain ability, and Andreas Håtveit, Byron Wells, and Mike Riddle stealing the show in the freestyle department.

But it is not only TGR’s movie that is worth a watch. Tim Durtschi and Oskari Raitanen show off their freestyle skills in PoorBoyz’s, The Grand Bizarre, with Oskari particularly getting creative in the streets of various cities in Scandinavia, taking skiing to the urban arena, and proving himself to be among the most creative skiers in the game. To the contrary, Tim Durtschi preferred to take his outstanding freestyle capability to the lonesome powder fields of Alaska. Chris Benchetler meanwhile features heavily in the various webisodes and films that Nimbus Independent have become so famous for, and proves his worth as one of the best backcountry freestyle riders around today. Dana Flahr has certainly been busy this year, and next to a main part in the aforementioned TGR movie, takes centre stage in Sherpas’, All.I.Can. This new company has immediately established itself as a major player and won best documentary award at IF3 in Montreal. Warren Miller’s new film Like There’s No Tomorrow also provided a huge sounding board for two ATOMIC athletes. Caroline Gleich burst onto screen with an amazing Utah powder segment while Daron Rahlves once again showed that he is the penultimate jack of all trades freeskier with a Banzai Tour segment and a South America segment.

In Europe meanwhile, the ATOMIC athletes have not been sitting on their laurels. Elias Ambühl and Tobi Tritscher show off their style and ability in Aestivation’s, Lifelong, one of the biggest freeski movies in Europe. These two riders show why they are no strangers to airtime, while Eva-Maria Patscheider represents the female skiers in the same movie and shows up some of the boys in the process! Sven Kueenle and Tobi Reindl are two of the main stars in Legs Of Steel’s Nothing Else Matters. This second offering from the Innsbruck based outfit, firmly establishes the LOS crew as one of the production companies of the future, and both the ATOMIC athletes have major roles.

There is even a film from our kiwi friends that will appeal to the broader public, freeskier or not. Tim Pierce, the man behind the hugely popular Winter Of Wells webisodes brings you a full length feature documentary focusing on the lives of the Wells family. The film follows the rise of Wells brothers Jossi and Byron, and the development of their younger brothers, Beau James and Jackson. Bucking the ski film trend, the focus here is on the lives of their whole family – parents included – and how skiing has become central to their lives and relationships. But do not discount this film’s skiing value, as all of the Wells boys turn in stellar performances on snow. As you can see, there is plenty of viewing to be had this year whatever your particular fancy in the world of freeskiing – so get out there and start watching!