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Fire on the Mountain

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'Fire on the Mountain', is on Netflix right now.  If you have not seen it, you need to watch it.  It is the story of the 10th Mountain division in WWII and later.  It really does not matter what school of skiing you are into, few of them would have been possible in this country without these men.  These are the guys who brought us 55 ski areas, and countless add on companies in skiing since 1946.  It may be ancient history to some, but our sport would not be the same without these people. 


 They were you 60 years ago, caught in a really bad situation, and the story of what they did.  This is what gnar really is.


This movie has been talked about before here on Epic, I just could not find it.  These people are the genealogy of American skiing since 1945, and deserve our respect.


If you have not seen this movie, watch it.  Quite possibly none of us would be blogging here today about skiing without these guys.  This could be the ultimate ski stoke story, because there may not have been a lot of our favorite places without it.


 How deep does this run?  I wore a 10th Mountain pin as a ski school pin in the 60s', it took till the mid 70s' before I knew what it was.  That pin has a special place in my memorabilia but I will never wear it again, I did not earn it.


Watch this movie.  What else do you have to do in August?



post #2 of 15

You caught my interest, Stranger. I took a look at what Google has on it:

Buy it here

Background Notes


Now EpicSki has it on file: Fire on the Mountain Would you like to add your review to the page?


Thanks for the nudge!


post #3 of 15

There's also a book called "Climb to Conquer" about this story, which I keep a copy of on the coffee table in my ski house, near the pictures on the wall of my uncle in his white camo, rucksack, and skis from when served in the 10th Mountain Division and saw combat action in the Italian Alps during WWII. He taught me how to ski when I was a young child, and was one of the finest skiers I have ever skied with. I think of him often and wish he was still around!

post #4 of 15

for those who want to grab it quickly, is available for instant viewing too on NETFLIX. 


If you are in CO during the spring/summer/early fall go up near Leadville to Camp Hale -- very compelling yet eerie site.  The fact that 10th MTN went from there over Independence Pass to Aspen as a training exercise should alone give one pause.

post #5 of 15

Without a doubt the 10th Mountain Division popularized and influenced skiing in this country. Even my little home hill in PA, Laurel Mountain, saw its heyday under the direction of a 10th Mountain vet, Ralph A. 'Doc' DesRoches. He was wounded in a mortar malfunction at Camp Hale and spent the rest of the war on the training staff at Lake Placid before coming to Laurel to run the ski school in 1945. Doc went on to build the trade association Ski Industries of America and was the chairman of the Untied States Ski Team and Olympic Fund Committees.


It's impossible to imagine what skiing would look like in this country if not for the men of the 10th Mountain.

post #6 of 15
I'm about to watch it right now.
post #7 of 15

Added to my queue... thanks for the suggestion.

post #8 of 15

This link to Netflix should work....

post #9 of 15

Downloaded and watched via instant viewing option on NETFLIX on Sunday, worked great -- about 1:25min or so, maybe even a little shorter. 


Don't know what was more interesting, the pre-WWII skiing footage or the post WWII CO developments by 10th MTN vets.  Of course the seizure of Riva Ridge and Mount Belvedere is where the division earned its rep in Italy, and covered well in the movie too. Pretty wild rock climbing with full combat gear.


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Many thanks to Stranger for bringing this to our attention.  Just saw the film.  Really loved it.  I thought it was new, so it took me a few minutes to realize why all the 10th Mtn vets being interviewed looked a youngish 70-something.  Film was made 15 years ago and many are probably gone now, making the interviews all the more historically precious.  Fantastic amount of old footage of ski action circa 1940.  Amazing all the stuff those guys accomplished, part of the greatest generation.  Highly recommend this flick.  I read Climb to Conquer and this film helps to bring to life the action and people covered in that book.

post #11 of 15

How about writing a review here? Fire On The Mountain


Then when someone searches for the movie, they'll get your review too!

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

How about writing a review here? Fire On The Mountain


Then when someone searches for the movie, they'll get your review too!

Okie dokie, okie dokie, okay.


post #13 of 15

Love that avatar!

post #14 of 15

Finally got around to watching it and I could not pull myself away. Amazing story and amazing men, not only did they have a huge influence on skiing but also a huge influence on the german occupation of Italy. Really the best ski movie I have seen in a long time and MAN could those guys ski,Ii wouldn't even consider strapping on that kind of equipment, and they were skiing stuff I would have self doubts looking at, let alone all the skinning and skiing with 100lb bags they did. Thanks for suggesting it, definitely a must watch for all of us.

post #15 of 15
Still available on Netflix (streaming) - the link in post #8 will get you there. Great evening's entertainment!
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