6 All-Female Ski and Snowboard Movies to Watch

For years, males have dom­i­nat­ed the frees­ki film indus­try. Sure, you might get a female cameo every so often (“Look! She’s one of the guys!”), but there’s a new, long over­due trend on the scene: the rise of the all-female cast in ski and snow­board films.

In a time where female ath­letes are, unfor­tu­nate­ly, often more cel­e­brat­ed for their physique than their ath­leti­cism, it’s refresh­ing to see these women doing what they do best: send­ing it off cliffs, launch­ing off jumps, and shred­ding up the moun­tain. Here are six films you need to watch to get to know the tal­ent­ed ath­letes who are tear­ing it up right now.


STANCE
Released in 2009, STANCE is a pio­neer of the all-female action sports films. This snow­board film is a full-fea­ture, high def­i­n­i­tion, sto­ry-board­ed pro­duc­tion focus­ing on the indi­vid­ual ath­letes and the snow­board lifestyle as a whole. The team of ath­letes was care­ful­ly researched and recruit­ed, and includes incred­i­ble shred­ders like Gretchen Bleil­er, Torah Bright, Jen­ny Jones and Hana Bea­man. STANCE takes place in some of the top ski locales in the US—think Utah, Jack­son Hole, Aspen and Mam­moth. This high qual­i­ty pro­duc­tion set the bar incred­i­bly high for the films that would try to fol­low in its footsteps.


As We Are
Dubbed “A Girls’ Ski Movie”,  As We Are hit the scene in 2010. The film fol­lows six tal­ent­ed ath­letes, who start out more-or-less as strangers. The women take one anoth­er to their local moun­tains, and as any ski­er or snow­board­er knows, it doesn’t take long to bond after a few epic days in the snow. The scenic shots of the Alps will have you perus­ing the web for flight details in no time. As We Are fea­tures ath­letes like San­dra Lahn­stein­er, Lau­ra Bohle­ber, Giu­lia Mon­ego, Melis­sa Press­laber and Pia Widmesser.


Super Mom
Draw­ing atten­tion from both the Pow­der Awards (where it won Best Short) and Coldsmoke Awards, Super Mom is a short film by Switch­back Enter­tain­ment fol­low­ing frees­ki leg­end Wendy Fish­er. Wendy once dom­i­nat­ed the women’s frees­ki scene, but ski­ing was placed on the back burn­er while she start­ed a fam­i­ly. To no one’s sur­prise, Wendy found her­self miss­ing the scene, won­der­ing if she could still dom­i­nate in the frees­ki world, which tends to progress at break­neck speed. This film fol­lows Wendy’s return to the big moun­tains and will remind you why leg­ends nev­er die.


Shades of Winter
Shades of Win­ter fea­tures not only an all-female cast, but also an all-female crew. Pro­duced by freeski­er San­dra Lahn­stein­er, this film has every­thing: huge lines in Alas­ka; epic jumps through a cas­tle-themed set­up at the Nine Queens frees­ki com­pe­ti­tion in New Zealand; and plen­ty of good times in between. The film stars ath­letes from three dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents, includ­ing Rachel Burks (USA), Jan­i­na Kuz­ma (NZ), Matil­da Rapa­port (SWE) and Lor­raine Huber (AUT). This full-length film will blow your mind.


The Icey Ladies
Part doc­u­men­tary, part ski film, this 12 minute film takes you behind the scenes of the only all-women team to par­tic­i­pate in the Eye of the Con­dor (EOTC) ski com­pe­ti­tion, a pho­to and film event based in Chile. The film fol­lows the team of six through their highs and lows in the 2012 and 2013 EOTC com­pe­ti­tions. I won’t spoil it for you, but these ladies slay it. This short is present­ly nom­i­nat­ed for the Coldsmoke Awards People’s Choice Awards.


Pret­ty Faces
Lynsey Dyer took the lead on this project: she col­lect­ed unre­leased footage and filmed new seg­ments fea­tur­ing some of the top female skiers in the world, like Ingrid Back­strom, Angel Collinson, Elyse Saugstad and Michelle Park­er. The result is an amaz­ing col­lec­tion of incred­i­ble ath­leti­cism com­bined with stun­ning scenery. The film is all about show­cas­ing the best female tal­ent and most incred­i­ble moun­tain ath­letes in the world.