WINNER The Soul Award—Coldsmoke Film Festival 2015

WINNER Best Web Series—Coldsmoke Film Festival 2015

WINNER Feature Film Category—Mountain Film Festival 2010

WINNER Open Category—Steamboat Mnt Film Fest 2008

OFFICIAL FINALIST—Banff Mtn Film Fest 2015

OFFICIAL FINALIST—Telluride Mtn Film Fest 2015

OFFICIAL FINALIST—Graz Mtn Film Fest 2015

OFFICIAL FINALIST—Best of Kendal World Tour 2009

SEMI FINALIST—Moondance Int’l Film Festival 2009

Outdoor Research® Tiny House Tour Series

2014 Series

www.outdoorresearch.com Tiny House Tour, Season 3 Episode 1: Winter's People When we're born, we're all destined to become something. Some of us are lucky enough to become skiers. Throughout our lives our interests in skiing evolve, from following our parents around the hill to racing, park, and backcountry exploration and ski mountaineering.

 

Tiny House Tour 2014: Episode Three - Best in Snow www.outdoorresearch.com As skiers we either have them or we have friends with them-those furry creatures that freak out in a snow frenzy anytime they're let loose on a mountain. As skiers, we have dogs.

 

Outdoor Research Sidecountry Sessions Episode 2 takes the tiny house crew South to Colorado San Juans, where they find grassroots ambassador Steve Mead. 

 

The crew parks the Tiny House another week in Sidecountry heaven -- a.k.a. Whitewater, B.C. -- to rip it up in waist-deep blower and welcome a real-life mountain man to the Outdoor Research ambassador team.

 

The crew talks about the importance of Rob LaPier, and the passion he brings to skiing fresh powder. They wrap up their time in the Tiny House and close out their two-month tour in Jackson Hole, WY. They are already dreaming of next season.

 

We found this great pottery on an island five miles from ours, it took five hours and two ferry rides to get there. We were so impressed at the quality of work and the steady line at the cash register, that we sent our son Sam back to make a film about it.

www.outdoorresearch.com Tiny House Tour Episode 2 Parking Lot Culture In ski areas around the world there are stories that live in the parking lot: vans, RV's, buses, and campers host ski bums, families, keeners, and winter road warriors. In an epic conglomeration of winter culture grows the parking lot scene.

 

"Splitboarding is freedom..." Filmmaker Sam Giffin's ode to the snowboarders dedicated to earning their turns in untouched powder, this short film was shot on location at Giffin's adopted mountain home, Mount Baker, Washington.

 

2012 Series

Sun Valley, Idaho: a living, breathing museum of the North American ski timeline, dating back to the mid Twentieth Century. It began in 1939 when the first chairlifts were installed at Bald Mountain.

 

Whitewater is a mythical place for an American skier. Not too distant, but yet so far out of reach. According to one local, "Whitewater gets more fresh centimeters than any resort in BC, eh?"

 

Crossing the border into the states from Nelson, B.C. the crew takes the Tiny Home south to Jackson Hole, WY for the final stop on the tour.

 

Giffin Grip® Sponsored Content

An Adventure in Culture and Clay. This short film takes us around the island of Bali and focuses in on a cute pottery studio in Ubud. Built alongside the infamous "Monkey Forest" Ubud is also considered the arts and crafts center of Bali.

See Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXSG-SzMLYk

 

Winter's People

When we're born, we're all destined to become something. Some of us are lucky enough to become skiers.

Throughout our lives our interests in skiing evolve, from following our parents around the hill to racing, park, and backcountry exploration and ski mountaineering. Skiing then becomes a piece of our life that we inevitably share with our children, grandchildren, and friends. Skiing becomes who we are; It becomes our culture.

But one thing overlooked is skiing as a life path. We don't realize the enjoyment we find when we land a new trick might be topped by moments that are yet to come. When we're in our twenties and thirties, we might not realize we still have so much of this ski life left to live.

 

Parking Lot Culture

In ski areas around the world there are stories that live in the parking lot: vans, RV's, buses, and campers host ski bums, families, keeners, and winter road warriors. Pre-powder prep, après celebrations, and late night snow dancing can be found in these temporary little winter cities with everyone sharing just one common connection, a love for the snow. 

 

Best In Snow

As skiers we either have them or we have friends with them—those furry creatures that freak out in a snow frenzy anytime they're let loose on a mountain. They're Saint Bernards, Labs, Retrievers, Australian Shepards, Poodles, mutts, and everything in between.  And no matter what they are, they love you. They adore skiers and snowboarders because they appreciate a day in the mountains just as much as we do. They're keen to burrow in the snow and play with friends. They enjoy charging downhill with gravity as their ally and a night spent in the parking lot waiting to charge out the door in the morning. The relationship between humans and dogs has never been as good as between snow-lovers and these four-legged friends.

 

I Love Splitboarding

Filmmaker Sam Giffin’s ode to splitboarding. 

 
 

Downhill Affair: A Love Story

Professional skiers Zack and Molly meet on the mountain. It's love at first sight. Photo shoots fuel their powder chasing trips around the world and at the end of the day when they cozy up by the fire, they've got each other. Sharing a shoe-string budget, standing on creaking cornices together, watching each other risk life and limb for the camera: their wildest dreams have come true. Or have they?

 
 

Livin' Tiny: A Quest for Powder

Where would you go if your house were portable? Would you spend each night in a new spot? Stay camped in a discovered utopia forever? Or would you leave life as a vagabond to the experts? 

The Outdoor Research Sidecountry skiers and snowboarders had to answer that question last year while traveling with their 112-square-foot tiny house in search of the ski bum's dream—the perfect ski area parking lot. Where would the snow accumulate and who would welcome the tiny house with open arms? Colorado, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and British Columbia were just a few of their stops. Truck fires, avalanches, overnight drives and snowy roads were just a few of their roadblocks, but the tiny house persisted into the unforgiving depths of winter and reached ultimate summits. With new friends, unforgettable powder days and warm, cozy evenings by the tiny house fire, the crew will undoubtedly never forget their expedition. Even though they were livin' tiny, it was an adventure of epic proportions. 

We invite you to experience their transportable abode through Sam Giffin's Livin' Tiny, an honest documentation of the epic road trip and plan your next great adventure, however tiny or large.

 
 

Return of the Niña (2007)

In the winter of 98/'99, during the La Niña storm cycle, the Mt. Baker Ski Area received just less than 100 feet of snow. At a total of 1140 inches, this was the most snow ever recorded in one year, anywhere! Seven years later, following a season of drought brought on by El Niño, the opposite storm system, La Niña returned to Mt. Baker and set a new record: The most snowfall ever recorded in one month! Right On Brother?s Return of the Niña begins with the world record season and follows various local athletes (skiers, snowboarders, and telemarkers) as they progress over the next seven years. Characterizations of these athletes, Mt. Baker, and La Niña will tell the story from a catastrophic avalanche in ?99 to La Niña?s triumphant return in 2006. The film concludes with 16mm footage from ?06-?07, and sets up for next year, which is said to be another La Niña season and may see even more snow-fall than ?98/?99. Athletes: Zach Barret, Dean Collins, Lucas Debari, Blair Habenicht, Justin Health, Tarek Husevold, Dustin Geesaman, Jeff Giffin, Zack Giffin, Sam Giffin, Sean Mansfield, Jonathan Martens, Patrick McCarthy Locations Shot: Mt. Baker, Washington.

 

We’re all locals somewhere, with a home in a hometown in a great state. The Fifty United Plates is a two-fold project where we’ve taken all 50 of the United States and re-created them as a collection of handcrafted porcelain dishes.  

DIRECTED BY SAM GIFFIN