Swift. Silent. Deep, a new film that documents the ski bum culture of Jackson Hole, WY during the ’80’s recently arrived here at our office. It follows the rise and adventures of the crew that came to be known as the Jackson Hole Air Force (JHAF). The JAHF was made up of a crew of dedicated ski bums who pushed… Read More
Ski Movie Trailers and more
Welcome to Off-Piste Magazine’s home of backcountry ski movies, ski movie trailers and related mountain films for your viewing pleasure. This where you will find ski movie trailers, webisodes and all the various mountain and adventure film clips that we believe are worth viewing.
Although temps were summer like this weekend, the significant color change in the trees is a sure sign that Fall is on its way. Another good seasonal indicator is that the ski movies have begun arriving at our PO Box. Flakes from Noah Howell and the crew at PowderWhore Productions is the first to arrive. We have yet to sit down and… Read More
The crew at Sweetgrass Productions just launched the trailer to their new film Signatures. Filmed entirely in the coastal mountains of Niseko and Hokkaido, Japan, Signatures follows last year’s well received Hand Cut film and offers countless reasons to start planning a trip to Japan this winter . . .
Avalanche hazard has, for good reason, been receiving a good amount of press around the country this season. North American avalanche related deaths have already reached 31 this year. Conditions are settling out in many areas, but as three new deaths last weekend show, not all areas are seeing better stability. Black Diamond has been passing around this video of Chris Cardello who was caught in… Read More
Greg Hill is a respected name in the backcountry ski community. He has placed well in many randonee races, set some incredible endurance standards, and generally pushes the window for human powered big mountain ski exploration from his home in the Selkirk Mountains (read a profile on Greg from 2003 here ). Last season, Greg decided to carry a video camera with… Read More
Looking for a film that will get you stoked for winter, Hand Cut is it. Nick Waggoner of Sweetgrass Productions has created a film with imagery and a pace remeniscent of Bill Heath’s award winning ski film Sinners. Hand Cut blends the blues music of John-Alex Mason (see sample tracks below) with excellent ski footage and dialog with old-time miners from around the mountainous… Read More
Insight into the oh so complex charlift mind
A friend just sent a link to the video embedded below. It is a firsthand account of an avalanche scenario in the Montana backcountry. The story is educational and sobering. The clip is pretty long (30 minutes) but is a compelling account of a day in the backcountry that turned tragic despite a high level of experience within the group.
In March of 2005, I travelled to the Altai Mountains in Central Asia with Nils Larsen and Naheed Henderson. Located in the northern most reaches of China, bordering Russia, Mongolia and Kazahkstan, the Altai are home to a network of semi-nomadic people. The people of the Altai are a mix of Central Asian cultures and live a simple life based… Read More
A friend sent this link my way – I heard that the latest Warren Miller film had some footage of paragliding skiers too. I can just imagine what a US resort would say if you tried this here.
I had the opportunity to preview STEEP, a new film from Sony Classics. This is not your normal ski porn. STEEP is a high quality documentary film that explores the history and evolution of steep and big mountain skiing. A project by High Ground Productions and the Documentary Group (formed by Peter Jennings), STEEP is a combination of interviews and… Read More
Big Mountain Little Skier: Free Heels Big Mountain Little Skier is Nils Larson’s latest movie. Anyone who questions the power of the free heel turn needs to see this movie. Big Mountain Little Skier features free heel skiers pushing the envelope of backcountry skiing the Chugach, Selkirks, and Sierra. The majority of the film is composed of footage earned via… Read More