1930's promotional film on back-country skiing in Yosemite.
I appreciate and admire any capable skier on any kind of gear in any setting - racers, bumpers, freeriders, Nordic, etc. But when I see folks from 50-80 years ago skiing on those long, heavy wooden skis, in non-releasable bindings, and in boots that I imagine provide little to no flex support laterally and fore-aft, (certainly compared to modern ski boots), well, it just blows me away! The skill (balance, especially!) and confidence required to make those high speed schuss's and graceful, swooping turns in wild snow is simply amazing!
Also love how they just head out to tour - no fuss, no muss. Minimal extra gear, and seemingly a real talent for walking/side-stepping/herringboning right up those hills!
Very inspiring indeed - glad others enjoy it as well!