The top 5 ski movies of 2011 – including the beats of the soundtracks that accompany them. Enjoy:
What they say: True to the Level 1 style is displayed in both the filmmaking and skiing. High energy and a dream come true for Level 1 athletes Josh Berman, Tom Wallisch and Will Wesson. Epic soundtrack
Description: Turn out, tune on, and drop in. Skiing’s counterculture continues to buck the trends of what’s come before them- this is a worldwide documentation of ski action as you’ve never seen it presented before! Follow the Level 1 crew as they experiment with one of the largest gap jumps ever built in Sun Valley, Idaho, hit a record snowfall in Helsinki, Finland, and harvest the vast resources of Alaska… or perhaps it’s all just a lucid dream? Wake up, because Level 1 will take you on the visual trip of a lifetime. Come along for the ride!
Locations: Ahmet Dadali, Tom Wallisch, Wiley Miller, Tanner Rainville, Phil Casabon, Adam Delorme, Josh Bibby, Parker White, JF Houle, Henrik Harlaut, and Friends. Shot on location in: Sun Valley ID, Champéry Switzerland, Alaska, Michigan, Colorado, Quebec, Utah, Mammoth Mountain CA, Alpine Meadows CA, Alta UT, Helsinki
Soundtrack: 1. It Don’t Move Me (Peter Bjorn and John); 2. Get Down (Chip Tha Ripper); 3. Marie (Vybz Kartel); 4. Disguise (Kensenth Thibideau); 5. Rabbit Heart (Florence and the Machine); 6. I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges); 7. Fun For Me (Moloko); 8. Tomorrow’s Another Day (Collie Buddz); 9. Boom (Royce da 5’9″); 10. Heart It Races (Architechture in Helsinki); 11. Walls (Shout Out Louds); 12. Always More (Autokrantz); 13. Magic (Ladyhawke); 14. Isn’t That So (Chris and Thomas); 15. Children of the Grave (Black Sabbath); 16. Gypsy P (Crookers)
What they say: Lots of really strong big mountain skiing and not a lot of park but includes some HUGE gap jumps over crevasses. They showed more of the logistics involved and the consequences of skiing some big first descents than they have in other films. 3D was unbelievable.
Description: This winter the TGR crew of athletes and cinematographers captured the most jaw-dropping footage ever witnessed. The team traveled around the world to uncharted destinations, as well as some of their favorite stomping grounds. Follow the crew as they discover the previously unskied big mountain playground of Petersburg, AK, find the best snow Croatia has seen in fifty years, ski deep pillows in undiscovered Italy, hit full throttle riding in British Columbia, and experience epic free-riding at Ripley Creek and North Cascades Heli. Don’t miss Sammy Carlson and the Stevens Pass 3D experiment, the first-ever 3D ski segment. The groundbreaking dual RED One slow motion aerial shots will make you want to reach out and touch the action.Light The Wick showcases the most talented and well-rounded athletes in skiing together in one must-see film.
Locations: Croatia; La Thuile, Italy; Petersburg, AK; Pemberton, BC; Last Frontier Heli Skiing; Jackson Hole, WY; North Cascade Heli Skiing; Idaho; Oregon; Utah; Grand Targhee, WY and Stevens Pass, WA
Soundtrack: 1. Straw Men (Two Fingers); 2. Pay the Price (Bullet); 3. Spectrum of the Sky (Break of Reality); 4. Holdon (Apparat); 5. Animus Vox (The Glitch Mob); 6. Eyes On FireAnimus Vox (Blue Foundation); 7. Divisive (We Have Band); 8. The Realest Dubplate (Kya Bamba Sound); 9. Contra Mantra (Jedi Mind Tricks); 10. Coincidence (Ki:Theory); 11. Circle, Square, Triangle (Test Icicles); 12. Mouthful of Diamonds (Phantogram); 13. Cash Flow (Major Lazer); 14. Paper Romance (Groove Armada); 15. Sympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones); 16. Bad Wings (The Glitch Mob); 17. Take It Slow (Grand Analog)
What they say: MSP is still the best after all these years. The film features unique and creative ways to bring the audience along for the ride while sticking to the tried and true formula. Lots of Point-of-View shots make for mindless transcendence. Classic ski porn.
Description: MSP Films takes you inside the action with “THE WAY I SEE IT,” featuring several unique perspectives on the progression that took place during the winter of 2010. The winner of Powder Magazine’s 2009 “Movie of the Year” brings you the best athletes on the planet sharing their points of view on what it means to be a skier and backing up their positions with hard-charging action. The MSP team traveled the globe in search of what makes this sport so special… the adventure, the passion, the camaraderie, and the fun. “THE WAY I SEE IT” showcases the greatest deep powder, steep lines, and massive park features from British Columbia, Japan, Alaska, Colorado, Switzerland, Idaho, Washington, and many other locations worldwide.
Soundtrack: 1. Summer of Hate (The Crocodiles); 2. Fat Bottom Girls (Queen); 3. Alone in Kyoto (AIR); 4. Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games (Of Montreal); 5. 639r Acoustic (Wes Makepeace); 6. Alsatian (White Rose Movement); 7. Impossible (Band of Skulls); 8. Kimberly (Good Luck at the Gunfight); 9. Sdp (The Kissway Trail); 10. Deepness (MG! The Visionary); 11. Calypso (Blonde Acid Cult); 12. Scars (Basement Jaxx); 13. South Menace (Michael Mills); 14. Neckbrace (Ratatat); 15. In Between (Leo Der Stapanians); 16. Home (Edward Sharpe and the Mafnetic Seros); 17. Your Fault (MG! the Visionary); 18. Queens Will Play (Black Mountain); 19. Twilight (Novocain); 20. My Friend is a Pro Acoustic (Matt Ciuffetti Craig Babineau); 21. Such Great Heights (The Postal Service); 22. Dead Bodies (Air); 23. Whistling Kisses (Joi Veer); 24. Bring it Back (Michael Mills); 25. Cosmic Egg (Wolfmother); 26. Hash Pipe (Weezer)
What they say: For the East Coast die hards and for the first time this year, Meatheads, took it way east to Japan. 09/10 brought freakish storms to the North East and likewise this film is pure bliss. We definitely didn’t expect the scenes in Washington D.C.
Soundtrack by Divisive
Description: The 2010 film from Poor Boyz Productions focuses on the progression and the factors that have coincided with many great advancements of the sport of skiing. (Over the last decade skiing has exploded into what we know it is today. But skiing has had many trying moments long before the end of the 20th century.) This season Poor Boyz Productions plans to showcase today’s raw talents of skiing in a high action, retrospective, yet progressive look at what factors are pushing the sport today.
Locations: British Columbia, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Quebec, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Norway, Austria, Japan, France, Alberta & more
Soundtrack: 1. Bad Wings (The Glitch Mob); 2. Grand Scale (DL Incognito); 3. 2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx (Rush); 4. Winter Hunter feat Fiona (The Living Graham Band); 5. Coastin’ (Zion I); 6. Voices (Phantogram); 7. Timestretch (Bassnectar); 8. Once upon a Past (Wax Tailor); 9. Dressed to Digress (Boy Crisis); 10. Phantom (Justice); 11. Handle That (Project Lionheard); 12. Drive it like you stole it (The Glitch Mob); 13. Short Change Hero (The Heavy); 14. Geneis (Justice); 15. Won’t you tell me (Rich Hill); 16. Living Darfur (Mattafix); 17. Unbalanced Pieces (Soulsayers); 18. Heartbeat (Nneka); 19. Break it to me (White Apple Tree); 20. Animus Vox (The Glitch Mob)