Ski film

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This article is about the genre of iconic ski films. For mainstream films with skiing in them, see List of mainstream films with skiing scenes.

A ski film is a motion picture with sequences of expedition, recreation, competition, or acrobatic exhibition on snow skis. These non-fiction films capture the experience of an athletic outdoor snow sporting culture. Ski films typically present one or more techniques (ski jumping, cross-country, downhill, freestyle), locations, or skiers (expert, celebrity or novice). Categories include the feature, documentary of competition or other event coverage (such as a snow festival), instruction or technique demonstration, retrospective history, travel guide showcasing a region, or a short subject (such as a webisode or included in a newsreel compilation).[1] More than 200 such videos debuted in 2006.[2] Notable examples are listed at the Ski and Snowboard Film Institute,[3] or have received awards from the International Ski Film Festival,[4][5] IF3 International Freeski Film Festival, Cold Smoke Winter Film,[6] Powder magazine,[7] or similar.

Feature film[edit]

Feature-length entertainment films about skiing, skiers, and the ski lifestyle, shot in actual locations around the world and featuring the best skiers of the day, have been released annually since 1938. Although not distributed through normal film channels, these movies were first exhibited on the resort, club, film festival and ski show circuit[8][9] and are now available via home video and internet download.

Official film trailers, released online to advertise the coming feature, present highlights of the film. Feature content typically includes

Many features include sequences of other mountain, airborne, water, or speed sports.[10] Slow motion and time-lapse effects and skier point of view shots have been used in ski films since the first features of Dr. Fanck.[11][12] Many film makers release a film early in the ski season, with content recorded in the past season or two. The following list is a chronology of prolific feature production companies or directors with numerous ski films over the indicated time span.

Feature-length film series[edit]

Other films[edit]

Many ski film makers have initially or predominately released featurettes and short films, in addition to features.

Featurette and short film series[edit]

  • Winston Pote winter films (1927 - 1943)[54]
  • annual Marcel Ichac ski films (1934 - 1950, 1957, 1972)[55]
  • Dick Durrance films (1940 - 1993)[56]
  • Sverre Engen films (1944 - 1962)[57]
  • Roger Brown and Barry Corbet freestyle Summit Films (1967 - 1988, 2012)[58][59]
  • Harvey Edwards Films (1970 - 1986)[60]
  • Joe Jay Jalbert Productions (1970 - present)[61]
  • Alain Gaimard and Didier Lafond Apocalypse Snow series and other ski films (1981 - 1986, 2008)[62]
  • annual Dominique Perret and Vertical Zoo films (1990 - 2012)[63]
  • annual Poor Boyz Productions (1996 - 2006)
  • annual Free Radicals series films (1996 - 2011)[64][65]
  • Two Plank Productions (1997 - 2012) [66]
  • Kris Ostness and Wind-Up Films (1999 - 2008)[67]
  • annual Geoff McDonald and Meathead Films (2000 - 2010)[68][69]
  • annual Level 1 Productions (2000 - 2008)
  • annual Josh Murphy and Unparalleled Productions (2000 - 2004)[70]
  • annual Pléhouse Films (2001 - 2007)[71][72]
  • annual Lionel Gehin and Rastafaride series films (2001 - 2008)[73]
  • annual Darrell Miller and Storm Show Studios (2002 - 2013)[74]
  • annual Martini brothers Stept Productions (2002 - 2014)[75][76]
  • annual Falquet brothers' FLK productions (2002 - present)[77]
  • annual Filip Christensen and Field Productions (2004 - 2008)[78]
  • AJ Dakoulas and Andrew Napier's 4Bi9 Media (2007 - present)[79]
  • annual Eric Pollard and Nimbus Independent productions (2007 - present)[80][81]
  • annual Mike Douglas and Switchback Entertainment productions (2007 - present)[82][83]
  • annual Nicholas Waggoner and Sweetgrass Productions (2008 - present)[84][85]
  • annual Dubsatch Collective releases (2011 - present)[86]

Ski film may also refer to a fictional theatrical-release comedy or drama which incorporates a skiing theme, although the on-snow scenes may have been enhanced by the use of stunt doubles for the actors and special effects.

Film festivals[edit]

Ski, snow, adventure and mountain film festivals are held in Switzerland (Les Diablerets/FIFAD), Austria (Graz, St. Anton), Germany (Tegernsee), Italy (Cortina, Trento), France (Annecy, Dijon, Val d'Isère, Chamonix), Russia (Moscow), Spain (Torello), Canada (Banff, Montreal, Whistler, Rossland), United Kingdom (London FreeSki, Fort William, Kendal), New Zealand (Wanaka) and United States (Ishpeming, Jackson Hole, Steamboat Springs, New York City, Midwest, Crested Butte, Mammoth, Missoula, Lake Tahoe, Stowe, North Bend, Boulder, Whitefish, Flagstaff, Williamstown, Mount Snow).[87][88][89]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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