While mountain resorts closed early last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, snow sports are back for this season — albeit in a different form from before. Snowfall predictions show plenty of fresh powder days ahead, but a slew of rules and regulations make for unprecedented new challenges. Most resorts are operating under a strict reservation system that limits the number of daily ticket purchases and annual season pass sales.
Navigating this changed landscape requires an adjustment period and may result in less days spent out on the slopes, but don’t despair. For those stints when you’re stuck at home, there are plenty of ways to keep the stoke high. This past year’s surge in online entertainment contributed to a dump of newly released films in the snow sports genre. Here are five of the best binge-worthy movies for ski and snowboard enthusiasts of 2020.
Ski Bum The Warren Miller Story
Warren Miller has been a pivotal player in the development of winter sports filmmaking. The newly released documentary “Ski Bum”
aims to chronicle Miller’s life and his lasting impact on the snow sports industry. Since the 1950s, Warren Miller’s annual ski films and national tours helped drive promotion of the ski industry around the world up until his death last year. In “Ski Bum” director Patrick Creadon details Warren’s life from a troubled childhood up to his last interview, highlighting the legacy he leaves behind. The hour and a half long documentary is available to rent or buy through Amazon Prime Video
Teton Gravity Research (TGR) has long been a global leader in the creation of adventure media. The company’s latest film “Make Believe”
is the culmination of a 25-year research project into capturing the most tangible examples of what it means to “live the dream”. This film serves to inspire snow sports enthusiasts and showcases some of the most progressive athletes in the world. TGR’s first ski and snowboard film since the 2019 release of Winterland, “Make Believe” features familiar faces including Sammy Carlson, Griffin Post, Kai Jones, Tim Durtschi, and Caite Zeliff. The hour long film is available for streaming on most major platforms, including Google Play
, Amazon Prime Video
, and iTunes
A Red Bull Media House production, “Dynamic Medium”
follows the inspiring story of freeskier Bobby Brown. After a devastating knee injury in 2018 ends his competitive career, Brown and a group of friends set out on an adventure around the globe to embrace the sport’s more primal essence in pursuit of the perfect line. The film exhibits a compilation of the crew’s escapades through the North American Rockies, Tetons, and Europe in a half-hour presentation they dub “the best winter of their lives”. You can stream “Dynamic Medium” now through Amazon Prime Video
, or RedBull
Burton Snowboards’ latest film, “One World” features footage of pro-snowboarders shredding the gnar in 40 of the best riding parks, streets, and mountainsides on earth. The movie’s premise is to show how the bond of snowboarding creates for an intimate human connection that spans communities worldwide — even amidst a global pandemic. The film features well-known riders like Anna Gasser, Ben Ferguson, and Brock Crouch, among others.
One of the coolest things about the movie is how Burton kept its environmental impact in mind. With the help of its partners, including Bank of the West, the brand offset its carbon emissions as a byproduct of production, including those from travel. Burton made the 45-minute feature “One World” available for online streaming through Amazon Prime Video
on November 17th.
Tanner Hall Forever
Seven-time Winter X-Games gold medalist Tanner Hall is a legend in the sport of skiing. The new film “Tanner Hall Forever” documents the 35-year-old athlete’s attempt to enter the Freeride World Tour; a five-stop competition circuit. Hall embarks on the last chapter of his career having never entered a freeride competition to date.
The athlete’s latest film project showcases the physical and mental struggles he must overcome on this taxing journey. The hour-length feature film became available for streaming on October 6th. You can stream it now on Amazon Prime Video
, Google Play
, Vimeo On Demand
, or iTunes