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.