The Must-See Ski Films of the 2016–2017 Season

The stoke. It’s here. If pho­tos of white-capped moun­tains isn’t enough to make your spine tin­gle with antic­i­pa­tion for ski sea­son, then per­haps the ski­ing and snow­board­ing films com­ing out over the next few months will do the trick.

From Patagonia’s Jum­bo Wild which focus­es on keep­ing the back­coun­try wild for skiers to War­ren Miller’s “Here, There, and Every­where” that sets out to answer the ques­tion “What do peo­ple real­ly get out of ski­ing?” this line-up is con­tem­pla­tive, polit­i­cal, and utter­ly, epi­cal­ly, personal.

Here, There, and Everywhere
War­ren Miller prac­ti­cal­ly invent­ed the ski film. This year’s install­ment is near and dear because it actu­al­ly fea­tures the icon him­self talk­ing about his adven­tures and love for the sport.

With the major­i­ty of recent ski films being all about how “epic” and “gnarly” dare­dev­il skiers can be, it’s nice to see Here, There, and Everywhere’s take on ski­ing as an all inclu­sive sport for rip­pers and recre­ation­al skiers, alike.

Not to men­tion, there were far more lady rip­pers present in this year’s film and they weren’t just dropped in as the “token girl girl”. The women fea­tured through­out have equal stand­ing with the men in the film and seem to make a appear­ance because they earned their place, not because War­ren Miller need­ed to fill the female quota.

TGR Tight and Loose 
This film is less con­tem­pla­tive and more about liv­ing life on the edge as a ski­er bro or gal. Expect lots of blonde hair, hoots/hollers, and hip­ster sun­glass­es. This McConkey-esque film is a big-moun­tain rip­ping, base jump­ing, gun shoot­ing, Angel Collinson danc­ing, good time.

Ruin and Rose
This film wins best cin­e­matog­ra­phy for the year with it’s sweep­ing views of deserts and moun­tains. A spir­i­tu­al look at ski­ing, you’ll be bang­ing your head in qui­et sup­pli­ca­tion as you enjoy the jux­ta­po­si­tion of big-moun­tain skiers shred­ding pow­der to the dry rolling desert where a young boy con­tem­plates the unknown world of snow. 

Jum­bo Wild 
An hon­or­able men­tion from the 2015 ski sea­son, Jum­bo Wild details the con­tro­ver­sial devel­op­ment of Canada’s pris­tine Jum­bo wilder­ness into a ski resort.

This doc­u­men­tary is for any­one who loves ski­ing and finds them­selves ques­tion­ing their rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties in rela­tion to the moun­tains and pow­dery back­coun­try that is so often exploit­ed for the sport.