The action sports industry has turned ordinary movies into ground breaking, technologically brilliant films that are pushing the limits cameras, equipment and athletes. This is especially true in the ski and snowboard industry, which has pumped out movies like “Art of Flight” and “Attack of La Nina”. Ski films are now cutting edge. They feature the best skiers, in the most epic conditions, shot with the most insane equipment. It’s not just the landscape and the snow, but the angle, art and passion that goes into each shot. Here are the 15 must-see films of 2012.
Flow State (Warren Miller Entertainment): Warren Miller’s new film “Flow State” is nothing short of spectacular. Featuring Julian Carr, Marcus Caston, Chris Anthony and others across the world, this film gets things pumping and connects the mind to the mountains in Japan, Alaska and other wild frontiers.
Must Be Nice (DC Snowboarding): DC’s “Must Be Nice” is a film featuring an unruly bunch of snowboarders who live to work hard and play harder. Featuring wild boys Devun Walsh, Torstein Horgmo, Ryan Tiene and more, this movie is sure to get you stoked on winter.
Choose Your Own Adventure (Powderwhore Productions): Powderwhore has created yet another funky-free movie featuring telemark rippers, veteran ski bums and freeskiing pros. The audience is given a tour of the world through the eyes of those who have enveloped themselves in wild places such as Chile and Antarctica, and urges us to seek our own adventure.
Kill Your Boredom (Voleurz): ”Kill Your Boredom” features a fun-filled group of guys who get off on dropping cliffs, running pillow lines and eating it every once in awhile. Are you bored? This movie should help. Watch Geoff Brown, Rob Heule, KC Deane and others get rowdy on the slopes.
Superheroes of Stoke (Matchstick Productions): MSP’s new masterpiece illustrates the new age of skiing— wild runs, hucking cliffs into breaking avi-shelves and pushing the limits. This film features a star-studded cast including PK Hunder, Sean Pettit and Cody Townsend.
We: A Collection of Individuals (Poor Boyz Productions and Red Bull Media House): ”We: A Collection of Individuals” takes a look at the life of the modern day skier. Diving into what makes skiers like Sean Petit, Bobby Brown and others tick, we get an understanding of their frustrations and triumphs.
No Matter What (Meathead Films): Meathead’s new film takes us back to the 2011/12 winter, a season where the snow just never came, and makes the best of one great storm that hit New England. Featured riders are Colby Vavolotis, Radio Ron, Dan Marion and others.
Sunny (Level 1 Productions): Taking advantage of both backcountry and alternative city settings, “Sunny” features skiers hitting perfect lines, grinding urban sculptures and occasionally suffering gnarly falls. Featuring Parker White, Chris Logan, Mike Hornbeck and others, this film is sure to make you itch for snow.
The Dream Factory (Teton Gravity Research): Continuing the quest for the craziest Alaskan backcountry, “The Dream Factory” follows in the old ski pioneers footsteps and takes to the wild. Join Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Dash Longe and others as they tackle some of the most critical Alaskan terrain.
The Eighty Six (Stept Productions): Leaving the mountains behind, “The Eighty Six” takes to the unwelcoming territory of the streets. Featuring skiers Sean Jordan, Shea Flynn and other urban shredders, this film focuses on originality and style.
Few Words (Quicksilver - Candide Thovex): ”Few Words” is a movie focused on Candide Thovex— his skiing, passion and life. Sit back, relax and join Candide on his adventures through the mountains.
Further (Jeremy Jones and Teton Gravity Research): Leave technology behind and get lost with Jeremy Jones in his new movie, “Further”. The second film in a three part series, “Further” features riders such as Terje Haakonsen and Xavier De Le Rue who are consumed by their sport and take to the uncharted lands of the Arctic Circle, Japan, and Pickett Range.
Act Natural (Toy Soldier Productions): Riding in “Act Natural” meant touring the States for all kinds of snow, landscapes and terrain. Riders Shay Lee, Brock Paddock, Sandy Boville and others banned together to have a stellar winter. “Act Natural” is what manifested from there bond, ambition and snow love.
In Space (JOB-Junkies On a Budget): Mixing wild action shots with out-of-this-world science fiction, “In Space” is its own representation of skiing. Being JOB’s first film, “In Space” ensures originality and theme of films to come. Watch as Teddy Berr, Roy Kittler and other riders take to the hill.
Hurt So Good (Legs of Steel): We all love the feeling of stomping a new trick, cutting through powder and hanging in the mountains, but what about when the frustrations get to us? “Hurt So Good”, featuring Bene Mayr, Paddy Graham, Tobi Reindl and more, is about fighting through the pain and injuries.
These are the 15 best movies of 2012. Make sure to research your favorites and support an industry that is pushing humanity physically, artistically and mentally. Also, stay tuned for upcoming films in 2013, they are sure to raise the bar even higher!
And if you haven’t seen The Ski Channel’s own production “Winter”, then check it out below! Humility told us to not include our own film, but it surely fits into the best ski movies of the year. Check out the film tour page for info on where the film is headed and also to set up your own screening!