Pros: powder, earned turns, very nice photography
Cons: could have been longer, needs more grrls
I need to start by saying that I fully <heart> backcountry skiing. And Powderwhore films are about backcountry skiing. This movie is 100% lift/helicopter/snowcat/snowmachine free - all turns are earned by hiking/skinning (well, and some horses and boats). And it seems to me that influences the skiing and choice of lines. There is plenty of hucking and solid ripping, but I thought the lines chosen seemed somehow more real to me - it looks more like real skiing than a lot of the mainstream ski pr0n out there. Warning: there are some skinning and hiking shots if that sort of thing bothers you.
There's all kinds of terrain covered - bowls, chutes, spines, trees - from meadow skipping to to rock hopping to full-on air. The powder shots are completely fulfilling - those guys find the best snow. A lot of the terrain is real remote and the line choices can be really unusual. The Idaho segment has some really cool looking, remote lines and I dig the backcountry lifestyle that it portrays.
The photography is awesomely aesthetic - nicely set up and composed, and I love that you can see the uptracks in lots of the shots - keepin' it real IMO. You know that the shots require a lot of work and care to nail.
Other elements that appealed to me were the music, firearms, and the appreciation of brown liquor. And the Jake Sackson segments are very cool - nice to see the kidz hitting the bc in an earn-yr-turns way. The kid kills it on teles.
Go for the bc lifestyle, stay for the awesome skiing and photography. I give this film two heels way up.