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post #31 of 45

Not a ski movie exactly, and we tend to watch it when it's blizzarding so bad that everything is shut--Ric Burns' "The Donner Party". A quote: "And it snowed, and it snowed, and it snowed." First time we showed it we got five feet at Donner Lake the first day, and 3 each the next 2 days. I80 was closed for 4-5 days. Nowadays we also watch it when we need snow but it seems to have lost it's mojo. I guess you can only rub the lamp so many times before the genie quits. 

 

And BTW--the Donner Party never gets the credit it deserves for popularizing the paleo diet. 

post #32 of 45

1. Children of Winter

2. Pretty Faces

3. ...and any of the great number of short videos out there on the web...such as Cody Townsend's new one "It's Called Backcountry Skiing."  (terrible sound, but great music and amazing skiing)

 

And my family would all throw in -- anything with Ingrid Backstrom in it!

 

Chris

post #33 of 45
Steep
Signatures
Pretty Faces
post #34 of 45

Is there anyone out there that didn't love the shit out of Pretty Faces?

post #35 of 45
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Is there anyone out there that didn't love the shit out of Pretty Faces?

Me. Just like with Warren Miller, there were parts I liked and parts I didn't. I don't care what your gender is, I can take only so many shots of skiing the Chugach spines and they all looked the same after a while. I think all the hoopla made me expect a better show and high expectations were not met. Heresy, I know.
post #36 of 45
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Is there anyone out there that didn't love the shit out of Pretty Faces?
I bought it last night...I've seen the first 5 minutes, 5 times....haven't gotten any further.
Between Santa and the kid, every time I think it's safe to start, I get shutdown.

Hope to watch tonight.
post #37 of 45
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Is there anyone out there that didn't love the shit out of Pretty Faces?

Me. Just like with Warren Miller, there were parts I liked and parts I didn't. I don't care what your gender is, I can take only so many shots of skiing the Chugach spines and they all looked the same after a while. I think all the hoopla made me expect a better show and high expectations were not met. Heresy, I know.

So what three movies do it for you?
post #38 of 45
Got to watch Pretty Faces in its entirety last night. I liked it and will watch again. I thought it was really well done, better than I had originally expected, it being a kick starter movie and all...

I'm kinda with Sibhusky on the AK spine segments of most movies, but this didn't seem to have too much of that.
post #39 of 45
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Is there anyone out there that didn't love the shit out of Pretty Faces?

 

It was a decent ski movie, the editing was a little A.D.D. for my tastes. Took my daughter and she liked it, but wouldn't buy it or watch it again. 

post #40 of 45

I pulled the 1960 classic Ski Troop Attack out of the $3 bin at FYE in SLC last weekend.  Haven't watched it yet, but looks interesting.  My copy has a different cover.

 

 

otherwise, I'd go with Blizzard of Ahhs, Aspen Extreme, and For Your Eyes Only.

post #41 of 45
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Is there anyone out there that didn't love the shit out of Pretty Faces?

Me. Just like with Warren Miller, there were parts I liked and parts I didn't. I don't care what your gender is, I can take only so many shots of skiing the Chugach spines and they all looked the same after a while. I think all the hoopla made me expect a better show and high expectations were not met. Heresy, I know.

So what three movies do it for you?

Can't think of three ski movies I'd watch back to back on a rainy day. I'd rather read a book. Or, if it's ski season, tune. You're talking either no plot or mindless plot for the most part. Recently saw some old movie about WW2 in Norway skiing that was good, foreign language, blanking on the name. Not quite the same kind of movie. Could easily watch three like that, with plots.

Basically, for "ski movies" can take them one at a time. Beyond that, there better be a plot. I'd be more interested in "How We Made x-famous ski movie" than the movie itself.
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Recently saw some old movie about WW2 in Norway skiing that was good, foreign language, blanking on the name. 

 

"Heroes of Telemark???"

post #43 of 45
Into the White.

Also saw Heros of Telemark. Liked that, too.
post #44 of 45

Downhill Skier

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... I can take only so many shots of skiing the Chugach spines and they all looked the same after a while. I think all the hoopla made me expect a better show and high expectations were not met. Heresy, I know.

 

I feel the same way.  I've looked into some of the movies mentioned and found a lot of them between On-Demand, Amazon Prime, and Netflix.  I don't know if it just hit or not, but "All. I. Can." suddenly popped up Netflix and I watched that last night based on all the recommendations here.  The crafting of that film was definitely a cut above the ubiquitous ski documentaries that include "many shots of skiing the Chugach spines."  It held my interest all the way through.  I give it two snaps!

post #45 of 45

I watched the movie "Mckonkey" on Netflix yesterday. Great movie and highly recommended for people interested in learning more about the guy, and getting an inside look at what it was like to be an extreme skier back in the day. Great footage (old and relatively new) and really interesting storytelling. 

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