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Steep, the movie

post #1 of 53
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Watched it last night, its on demand. Its done in a documentary format but some great scenery and footage. One of the good things is that there is no annoying sound track like most extreme skiing movies. Very sad hearing and seeing Doug Coombs talk about his passion for skiing and how his friends died then the narrator stating that he too died a few months later. Some really crazy skiing done by those interviewed. McConkey is nuts!
post #2 of 53
It's a good movie to show to people who don't "get" why you love it so damn much. As sort of newbie's intro to the passion for skiing and the want to "go big". Action wise it's cool but a little slow. I like the old stuff, Benedetti musing about his impossible line was really cool. A "leetle suupermaan" indeed!
post #3 of 53
Saw it on a big screen at our local "arthouse" type movie theater in the spring. Was very good in the large format!

Those guys are nuts! I liked the film from the 80's skiing steeps in Europe on super skinny very long straight skis.

Mike
post #4 of 53
Great movie -- Not ski porn with a continuous monster lines and monster air, but a great history lesson that captures the spirit of extreme skiing. IMHO it (and a few early videos like "The Blizzard of AAHs") should be required viewing for every off pisti skier under 50 on this forum.

One of the highlights is the section about Bill Briggs climbing then skiing The Grand in 1971. Impressive. I wonder how many have done it since then?
post #5 of 53
I've been looking for this on the On Demand menu but I cannot find it, where is it hiding?

I got frustrated and just downloaded it a week or so ago, awesome movie, but I'd much rather watch it on my TV and give it whatever support it gets from OD.
post #6 of 53
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Watched it last night, its on demand.

It's on Starz ondemand, thanks

i'll watch as soon as o.riley is over
post #7 of 53
Found it, thanks guys, freakin' stoked.
post #8 of 53
Yeah I watched in on demand 2 nights ago and wasn't so impressed. It is definitely a must see because it gives some history on big mountain skiing, but it isn't a pumper-upper for the season.

I am stoked to watch any ski movie on TV, but I much prefer those 'annoying soundtracks' and non-stop stoke. I really think the soundtracks are very good on the Warren Miller movies. On more than one of their more recent movies I have searched the lyrics and downloaded multiple sounds from the movies...
post #9 of 53
I saw Steep. Good movie, but I just got Waiting Game from NetFlix. Great movie. Highly recommend it.
post #10 of 53
There's a lot of Blackbirds in La Grave.
post #11 of 53
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks: "...I scare myself, and I don't mean lightly..."
post #12 of 53
I love this movie!! "You fall you die". I'd love to look down that type of terrain. I love seeing people who are passionate about life. Croccodile Hunter was that way with animals. They truly loved what they did more than fear of death.
post #13 of 53
Saw Steep on the big screen at the library in PC last season and loved it... not a movie you watch for the big Wow moment endlessly repeated but a stonking documentary. Bill Briggs ... what a dude.

The Doug Coombs thread was incredibly poignant, given that I knew he'd died before the movie came out. I was wondering if he'd died before they'd finished it ... his wife was incredibly stoic but I can't help thinking she looks at her child and wishes there was a father and husband still around.

Ironic that he died trying to save someone who lived.
post #14 of 53
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Originally Posted by Sandgroper61 View Post
The Doug Coombs thread was incredibly poignant, given that I knew he'd died before the movie came out. I was wondering if he'd died before they'd finished it ... his wife was incredibly stoic but I can't help thinking she looks at her child and wishes there was a father and husband still around.
It appeared to me that they must have filmed the bits of Emily after Doug died. Her eyes looked very moist and she looked like she was fighting back tears numerous times. Amazing wife of an amazing man.

I could only dream of marrying a woman that awesome.
post #15 of 53
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Ironic that he died trying to save someone who lived.
If I am not mistaken, the person who he tried to save was also killed in the fall. Chad Vanderham (sp?) fell first and Doug went down to aid him and fell at the same spot.
post #16 of 53
Here’s a good critique given by Bob Peters sometime back…

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=68260

…ps
A bear would have a copy in their den…buy it and support this subject of filmmaking


...per dp post, related story:
http://www.powdermag.com/features/news/doug-coombs/
post #17 of 53
dp, you may be right. I understood differently but I'm more than prepared to be wrong!
post #18 of 53
Thanks to Don for the above link ... didn't see it before my last post. I was confused ...
post #19 of 53
Watching it now OD. Fantastic, very well done. Need to get it on Blu-Ray, a must for any collection. I agree w/ Richie, a pleasant change w/o the soundtrack that most films have. Schmidt deserved more props.
post #20 of 53
Steep is hands down my favorite ski movie. I like it way better than ski porn. It has more to do with how I feel about skiing and how I aspire to ski. I also like that it shows/talks about the consequences of your descisions, unlike most ski porn which just cuts away or pumps up the sound track.
post #21 of 53
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Steep is hands down my favorite ski movie. I like it way better than ski porn. It has more to do with how I feel about skiing and how I aspire to ski. I also like that it shows/talks about the consequences of your descisions, unlike most ski porn which just cuts away or pumps up the sound track.
watching this film puts me into a wierd state of mental/emotional conundrum. I totally agree that skiing high exposure is the ultimate accomplishment and the greatest rush and the most beautiful lines, but pushing and pushing the envelope until you die or end your skiing days is just over the top, (risk death for true life) Is taking the exposure factor too far a compensatiion for feeling a lack of meaning in one's life (no disrespect intended)? Is it asking too much of skiing to fullfill needs on that level? The adrenaline/endorphin cycle can be stimulated internally without jacking the fear factor to the max, can't it?
post #22 of 53
I just popped it into the DVD player, will report back in a couple hours...now, wheres the popcorn....
post #23 of 53
^^^^Here ya go. Enjoy.

post #24 of 53
i love soundtracks on ski movies, thats how i find new music. It was good, but i still love my Ski porn
post #25 of 53

No need or desire for porn...

Thanks for the popcorn jayhawkskier...

Best ski movie I have ever seen...

"...with the addition of a parachute to my ski gear, I'm looking at these mountains with totally different goggles than all the other skiers...theres alot of lines, that are really aesthetic, that are really cool looking lines, that you can't do, because it ends in a big giant cliff...well, if you throw a parachute on your back and have some BASE jumping skills, you can totally ski those lines...."...Shane McConkey

Great film, priceless footage of Doug.
post #26 of 53
Oh,...Happy New Year y'all
post #27 of 53
I just watched Steep last night. I thought it was pretty good, not great. It told the story fairly well, if completely conventionally. I thought it was weird that Scott Schmidt was barely mentioned. Possibly he didn't want to be interviewed? or they just didn't bother with him I don't know.

I felt the whole thing could and should have had a lot more energy and movement and could/should have delved deeper into the skier's lifestyle and the vibe of the tribe.
post #28 of 53
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If I am not mistaken, the person who he tried to save was also killed in the fall. Chad Vanderham (sp?) fell first and Doug went down to aid him and fell at the same spot.
Yes, both died.
Here's a report that was filed by Matt Farmer, one of the skiers with Coombs and Vanderham and a guide himself.
Warning: there is a some medical detail appropriate in a report by a professional response to a fatal accident.
Two Americans killed in La Grave Ski Accident

http://pistehors.com/news/ski/commen...-ski-accident/

Scroll down to the report:
AMGA Member Accident Report
La Grave, France 16:45 April 3, 2006
post #29 of 53
Emily Coombs is unreal. To be that unselfish shows unmeasurable love and committment.
I respect anyone who is passionate about what they love and do.
Carpe Diem.
post #30 of 53
Based on Bob Peter's recommendation, I asked for and received this on Blu-Ray for Xmas. It is the best ski movie I have, and even my non-skiing wife finds it interesting. I love the skiing in it -- and how skiing has changed in the past 30 years. A great movie, in my opinion.

Mike
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