The 10 Best Ski & Snowboard Films…EVER!

Posted by George Biffen


We all love a good ski film.

Whether it’s park rats sending it off monster kickers, retro back country snowboards dressed as unicorns or beautifully produced mountainous shots that leave you breathless.

After spending the whole winter in a room watching multiple ski films, eating pizza and drinking beers, we have shortlisted the 10 best ski films of all time!

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Claim (2008)

Full Film HD – 1h 14m

Matchstick Production created this award-winning approach that saw the world’s greatest skiers poking fun at themselves and the industry as a whole.

It’s the last feature-length film to star Canadian skiing icon Shane McConkey before he died in a basejump ski accident in 2009.

A scene set to The Final Countdown sucks you into the high octane spirit of the movie, when all the riders fist pump after stomping a high landing.

Crew – Mark AbmaIngrid BackstromSimon DumontShane McConkey & Sean Pettit

Warren Miller’s Higher Ground (2005)

Full Film HD – 1h 38m

Adrenaline junkie Warren Miller offers an invigorating blend of breathtaking adventure and fascinating documentary as he travels the globe to deliver the most spectacular skiing and snowboarding footage ever captured on camera in 2005.

This is another classic to sit down and enjoy one evening with your ski friends.

Crew – Jeremy NobisSeth MorrisonShane McConkey & Glen Plake 

Attack of La Nina (2011)

Full Film HD – 1h 14m

Another Matchstick Production classic. Get ready to cry with laughter at the brilliant jokes on the ski industry and modern day freestyle skiers and boarders.

“Attack of La Niña” will transport you to Colorado, Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, California, and many other world-class destinations.

You know it’s going to be a great film when the ski crew selected is huge!

Crew – Mark AbmaIngrid BackstromBobby BrownRory BushfieldJames HeimRuss HenshawEric HjorleifsonGus KenworthyRichard Permin,Callum PettitSean PettitAlex Flanders SchlopyCody TownsendColby James WestJacob WesterHenrik Windstedt and Torin Yater-Wallace

The Crash Reel (2013)

Full Film HD – 1h 28m

Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, pushing one another to ever more dangerous tricks, until Kevin crashes on a Park City half-pipe, barely surviving.

As Kevin recovers from his injury, Shaun wins Gold. Now all Kevin wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear this could kill him. We also celebrate Sarah Burke who crashed in Park City and died January 19, 2012.

Crew – Kevin PearceShaun WhiteMason AguirreSarah BurkeDaniel Amen and many more!

G.N.A.R (2011)

Full Film – 1h 09m

Squallywood, Shane McConkey, and how to prove that you’re the best skier on the mountain. All in one movie.

Firstly, what is GNAR? It’s a shortened version of the word gnarly, meaning high on the scale of dangerousness and coolness.

The basic premise of the game of G.N.A.R. is to score as many points as possible in a designated period of time by attempting lines, acquiring extra credit points (ECPs), and earning bonuses.

Most importantly, it reminds us to stop taking everything so seriously, and to ski for the reason we all started in the first place: fun. Seems like that’s how McConkey would have wanted it.

Crew: Shane McConkey, Mattias Sullivan, Greg Lindsey, George Hjelte, Chuck Mumford and many more…

The Art Of Flight (2015)

Full Film – 1h 17m

Curt Morgan and Travis Rice create the world’s most progressive snowboard film by combining cutting-edge cinematography, stunning locales, and the best freestyle snowboarding ever captured.

It has jaw-dropping footage with a pulse-pounding soundtrack, shot in some of the most rugged, remote and beautiful snow country on the planet.

Crew: Travis RiceMark LandvikJohn JacksonNicolas MüllerScotty Lago and more.

Afterglow (2014)

Full Film HD – 0h 11m

Sweetgrass Productions shot their first night segment in Japan five years ago for their film Signatures. Like a lot of night segments, the terrain was low angle and the shots focused on small features.

To light up the mountains in British Columbia’s Golden Alpine Holidays and Alyeska, Alaska, Sweetgrass had to power 30,000 to 40,000 watts of electricity. For comparison’s sake, a household lightbulb contains 60 watts. The pscychadelic night segment in Valhalla, which mainly consisted of short pillow shots and backcountry booter airs, required 2,000 watts.

This required a lot of helicopter assistance but was it worth it.. watch and see for yourslef.

Crew: Pep Fujas, Eric Hjorleifson, Chris Benchetler, and Daron Rahlves

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Streif: One Hell of a Ride (2015)

Full Film HD – 1h 55m

Follow elite skiers Erik Guay, Aksel Lund Svindal, Max Franz, and Hannes Reichelt through 12 emotionally charged months as they train for the world’s most dangerous downhill ski race, the Streif.

This film really shows the hard work and pain they go through to get to the top.

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Few Words – A Candide Thovex Film (2015)

Full Film HD – 0h 59m

Shot in Europe and Alaska, it follows Thovex’s career as he climbs to the very top of his sport, including two gold medal wins at the X Games golds, his 2010 win at the Freeride World Tour, and a devastating back injury which threatened to end his career…

Torstein Horgmo – Horgasm: A Love Story (2015)

Torstein Horgmo’s mockumentary biopic certainly offers something different. Watch it and let us know what you think of it. Does the humour work? Is the run of the mill part-based shred flick dead? Would be interested to know your thoughts…
Full Film HD – 0h 35m

Well, there we have it.

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