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Skiing Ostriches

Skiing Ostriches

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.

Speedriding Through an Alpine Resort

Speedriding Through an Alpine Resort

Pro speedrider Valentin Delluc takes us on a wild flight over and through an empty Alpine ski resort. Watch as he paraglides in from the sky, grinds some ski lift cables, and catches insane air off of ski jumps and buildings at Avoriaz 1800.

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Cardo Packtalk Ski

Cardo Packtalk Ski

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 Mystery of the Flaming Skier

The Mystery of the Flaming Skier

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.

Trampoline Sled

Trampoline Sled

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.

One Line at Mammoth Mountain

One Line at Mammoth Mountain

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.

Taking a Risk

Taking a Risk

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.

LinkLens Audio Snow Goggles

LinkLens Audio Snow Goggles

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.

Jesper Tjäder’s Game Show

Jesper Tjäder’s Game Show

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.

The Hermit

The Hermit

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.

4FRNT Renegade Skis

4FRNT Renegade Skis

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.

Summer Ski Pond Skimming

Summer Ski Pond Skimming

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.

Juho Kilkki: Social Distancing

Juho Kilkki: Social Distancing

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.

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Skiing at Home

Skiing at Home

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.

Over Time

Over Time

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 Plant Ski Slope

Waste Plant Ski Slope

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.

Fire on the Mountain

Fire on the Mountain

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!)

Heatseeker

Heatseeker

Nico Vuignier and Jules Guarneri’s night skiing film is a visual masterpiece. It features amazing imagery which appear to be entirely lit by the orange glow of flares. It was shot without CGI, and looks like it was quite the shoot. (Thanks David!)

Bike Ski Jump Crash

Bike Ski Jump Crash

Rider Johannes Fischbach hopes to someday break the record for the world’s longest mountain bike jump. He recently made an attempt off of a 140-meter (459 ft) ski jump, but unfortunately couldn’t stick the landing. Amazingly, he got up and walked away from this terrifying stunt.

Wakeboarding on Snow Skis

Wakeboarding on Snow Skis

The guys from Real Skifi do some pretty wacky stuff on skis. In this clip, athletes Ilkka Hannula and Juho Kilkki decided to see if it was possible to use their powder skis to remain upright in water and across the obstacles in a wakeboarding park. Turn on subtitles.

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The Man Behind the Maps

The Man Behind the Maps

If you ski or snowboard, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the work of artist James Niehues. You just didn’t know it. You see, James hand painted many of the maps we use to navigate the trails. Now you can own a collection of 200 of his intricate works in this beautiful coffee table book, a great gift for any winter sports fanatic.

Awayco

Awayco

Awayco is a free service that connects you to a growing number of surf and ski shops around the world. Use Awayco’s website to rent up to five pieces of equipment up to 6 months in advance, so you can travel light. A premium subscription adds insurance and more.

Zeppelin Ski Drop

Zeppelin Ski Drop

While helicopter skiing has become quite popular, this is the first time we’ve ever seen skiers dropped from a zeppelin. In this clip, adrenaline junkies Stefan Ager, Andreas Gumpenberger, and Fabian Lentsch each rappelled from a snow white blimp over the German Alps to kick off their run.

Audi Ice Climb

Audi Ice Climb

To demonstrate the tremendous amount of torque that electric motors can produce, Audi took a modified e-tron electric SUV to the steepest section of a famous downhill ski slope, and drove it UP the 85% gradient, icy hill. Note the belay rope was just for safety.

Snowfeet 2.0

Snowfeet 2.0

Snowfeet are a compact hybrid of ice skates and skis. The updated version are made of reinforced fiberglass material and features metal ski edges for easy stopping, heel brakes to slow down, and has more adjustable bindings to fit more shoe sizes.

Fabiolous Escape 2

Fabiolous Escape 2

Austrian trial and mountain bike athlete Fabio Wibmer’s latest clip features a variety of thrilling stunts as he jumps from a helicopter, zooms down a snowy mountainside, jumps over rooftops, and gives the ski police the chase of their lifetimes.

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