6 Best Ski Movies and Documentaries

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Skiing is a very special sport. It’s one of the only sports where you can enjoy the scenery while traveling at great speeds. And it’s also a sport where you can push your limits to a much higher level. Adventure is always just around the corner.

However, few activities are as winter-oriented and celebrated as skiing. Let’s be honest — winter is all about skiing.

So if you’re planning to spend more time on the slopes this season, check out the list below! You’ll find the best ski movies and documentaries.

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1. Supervention

Our rating: 9 / 10

Supervention

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Supervention is a ski movie that will take you on an aerial adventure that is “guaranteed to get your heart pounding and fire the imagination.”

With over 3 million views on Youtube, Supervention is the world’s most watched ski film on the famous “Whistler Blackcomb”.

This Banff Film Festival and the Gripped sport series award winning ski film is a must see.

2. Downhill Racer

Our rating: 6 / 10

Downhill Racer

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The story follows the life of a young ski racer as he tries to make it to the 1968 Winter Olympics. Downhill Racer was a well made film; the acting and cinematography were both top-notch.

The cinematography that captured the emotion and feeling of making it to the Olympics really resonate with anyone who has put their mind, body and soul into achieving some goal.

The only downside to the movie is that it doesn’t have a happy ending.

3. Claim

Our rating: 6 / 10

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This is a documentary that follows several Chinese miners as they fight for the right to unionize. The miners work in a mine owned and run by former Chinese basketball star Yao Ming. But even with such a popular figure in their midst, they are kept in subhuman conditions, working in rat-infested pits filled with toxic coal dust, breathing mine explosions and suffering from disease and neglect. The miners are not used to this life and they are determined to get out. It is quite a heartbreaking story, but those who make it to the end of the documentary come out of the film with that much more inspiration and motivation.

4. McConkey

Our rating: 6 / 10

McConkey

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Pros:

  • A captivating and inspirational look at Shane McConkey
  • Features appearances from X Games legend Travis Pastrana, filmmaker/adrenaline junkie Johnny Knoxville, skateboarder Tony Hawk, as well as McConkey’s family and friends
  • McConkey’s passion, competitive drive and positive attitude shines through in the movie
  • Takes you behind the scenes
  • McConkey doesn’t sugarcoat anything, thus avoiding the need for a narrator

Cons:

  • Gives some insight into how McConkey was the perfect daredevil
  • Not very long

McConkey is one of the most epic ski movies of all time. It tells the recent story of Shane McConkey, as a new father, his biggest challenges, accomplishments, and ultimate demise.

Everyone who loves skiing, adventure, and life should watch this movie appreciating what McConkey came from and his recent work. The film doesn’t deliver in length, probably 20 minutes long, but it does showcase as much of Shane McConkey as possible.

You more than likely won’t have a problem connecting with this film as it’s in the hands of his wife Sherry.

5. AfterGlow

Our rating: 5 / 10

AfterGlow

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This is a film first released in 2007 and since then has been shown on all of the major ski film tours worldwide.It has won the prestigious Stanley Film Festival award for best feature length ski film in 2007

The movie follows a party of skiers as they journey around the world ski touring. The main three characters are Jeremy Jones, who is typically shown skiing high alpine terrain abroad with an incredible level of skill, and Chris Benchetler and Pyng Vuong who have been Jones’ main tour partners since 2010. Jones mostly scores big aerial shots and backcountry shots, Benchetler dominates the urban skiing world, and Vuong mixes it up with big backcountry lines and urban rail shots.

Other skiers in the movie include Craig Kelly, Shane McConkey, Andrej Henys, Mikael Engle, Freddy Kalbermatten, Jason Ford, Jon Olntun, The Schuster twins and Seth Wescott.

Conclusion

Some movies are about the science of the sport, some are just about the joy of it. You'll find both in this list of 6 of the best ski movies. All but one of these is a documentary, and absolutely worth the time to check out if you are into the sport of skiing.

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