When companies mine the ground for precious minerals, what do they do with the materials they dug up and didn’t use? In the case of one kaolin mine in Bavaria, Germany, you turn the leftovers into a slope for sandboarders and skiers. Tom Scott takes us on a journey to the Monte Kaolino theme park.
For six years, Swedish freeskier Jesper Tjäder has been attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest rail slide on skis. After 127 attempts, Tjäder achieved his dream by sliding 506 feet and 28 inches, shattering Tom Wallish’s previous record by more than 80 feet.
Zooming down a ski jump under normal conditions requires a certain amount of courage, but doing it when there’s no snow on it at all looks downright terrifying. That’s precisely what skier Christian Høgfeldt did a few years back, as he placed his skis into the tracks of a bare ski jump, headed downhill, and landed safely at the bottom.
Skiers Sam Cohen and Michelle Parker set out to conquer a hard-to-reach mountain peak in the Cascades. After a long hike and five days of camping, they made it to the Northeast face of the appropriately named Mount Fury. Kudos to director Mike Rogge and the Verb Cabin team for following along on this incredible adventure.
Skiers Verneri Hannula, Ilkka Hannula, and Juho Kilkki headed to Finland’s Havumäki Ranch, where they found heaps of fluffy powder and shushed through acres of snow-capped evergreens. Real Skifi’s short film is equal parts ski film and dreamy winter postcard. Filmed by Janne Korpela and Anton Geier. Edited by Juho Kilkki.
The GLCR Hydrastash Reserve Jacket keeps you warm, dry, and hydrated on the slopes. Its got a built-in water bladder and a vented, water-resistant shell with lightweight insulation. There are pockets for your hands, smartphone, and ski pass, and it has a helmet-compatible hood and adjustable powder skirt.
Freestyle skier Markus Eder takes us on a journey through powdery, icy, and downright daring downhill runs through various Alpine terrain. Watch Eder conquer steep slopes, slick surfaces, and ice caves while pulling awe-inspiring tricks. This epic ski film was captured by Innsbruck’s Legs of Steel over the course of two years.
Nexus Studios and director Hideyuki Tanaka created this wild and wonderful promo spot for a Japanese tourism campaign back in 2004. The clip features a flock of ostriches as they take to the ski slopes, fully embracing their gangly and awkward bodies as they head down the snowy mountainside, and into the city.
Keep your ski pals connected with this intercom system that clips onto helmets for 8 hours of talk time. Cardo Packtalk Ski’s integrated boom mic allows skiers and snowboarders to chat, take phone calls, or stream music while shushing downhill, reconnecting group members who temporarily veer out of the 1km range.
The opening credits from Malcolm in the Middle featured a number of memorable images, accompanied by a great They Might Be Giants tune. For a brief moment, we see a man performing a ski jump while completely ablaze. Kid Leaves Stoop digs into the mystery behind this burning man, and who he really was.
The talented and daring athletes of DD Squad headed to the mountains for a little fun in the snow. Along the way, they performed a crazy stunt – performing acrobatics on a trampoline mounted onto a set of skis, then towed the whole rig – first with a snowmobile, then with a car.
Chris Benchetler shows us green run amateurs what we’re missing out on with this amazing POV of his line at California’s Mammoth Mountain. Watch as he winds through precariously tight rock formations, then catches air performing flips and spins on his quick trip to the bottom.
From para-skiing to cliff-diving to rooftop parkour runs, there are lots of ways for athletes to get their thrills. Storyful compiled this 15-minute video featuring a dozen daredevil activities from the awe-inspiring to the downright foolhardy. Unless you count dizziness, the jumbo hula hoop at the end is clearly the tamest.
These ski/snowboarding goggles let you listen to your tunes as you zoom down the slopes. They feature open-air drivers and noise cancellation, and a single-ear mode when you need to hear your surroundings. Available with swappable double-layer lenses in Aurora Blue, Arctic Silver, and Sunrise Pink.
You might think that Japanese game shows and freestyle skiing have nothing to do with each other, but you’d be wrong. In this entertaining clip from Red Bull Snow, Swedish freeskier Jesper Tjäder lives out his childhood dream of participating in one of these famously madcap game shows, while showing off his personal talents.
Zeppelin Zeerip’s offbeat short film owes more than a bit to the style of Wes Anderson, telling the story of a group of young men who head into the snowy mountains of Idaho in search of an elusive Hermit who escaped from an asylum. It’s an unexpected blend of winter sports action and quirky indie film tropes.
Hit the backcountry in style with 4FRNT’s rebellious high-performance powder skis. Designed for skilled skiers, they’re ready for carving the deepest fluff and most technical terrain you can find. Their shape and materials help you go fast, make quick turns, and shave speed when you need to.
If you’ve got the right climate conditions, summer skiing can be a fun way to spend the day. During a run at Norway’s FONNA Glacier Ski Resort, skier Benjamin Forthun pulled off an awesome straight-line skim across a pond, then ended it with a serious flourish. Here’s some POV footage of a more recent run.
Like many of us, skier Juho Kilkki is avoiding crowds and keeping to himself these days. But he still wants to get outside for some exercise. In this clip, he practices a few little tricks, not the least of which is recording it all without a cameraman. We love the low-tech rigs he set up to add movement to the shots.
Skier and filmmaker Philipp Klein was preparing to go on a trip to the mountains when shelter-in-place orders hit his country. But instead of complaining, he decided to do some freeride skiing right in his living room, with the help of some props and stop-motion to capture the snowy action.
Skier Sammy Carlson, CK9 Studios, and Monster Energy present a fantastic short film for snow lovers. It’s packed with footage of Carlson ripping up the backcountry through massive piles of unspoiled powder, and pulling off some epic jumps along the way as he makes his way down the mountainside.
Waste processing plants are usually some of the ugliest facilities out there. But in Copenhagen, Denmark, the modernist Amager Bakke not only cleanly converts trash to energy, its rooftop doubles as grass-covered urban ski slope. The impressive facility was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group.
Teton Gravity Research’s fantastic adventure film takes inspiration from the Grateful Dead song of the same name. Born from the mind of filmmaker and freeskier Chris Benchetler, and co-directed by Tyler Hamlet, it’s a chill 27-minute clip, packed with improvisational skiing, snowboarding, surfing, art, and music. (Thanks Scott!)