Tom Wallisch and Nick Martini are unstoppable! Their edit promoting their new films Good Company 1 and 2 is currently making its rounds around the ski community and it is astonishing. Have a look at it for yourself below and make sure to check out Good Company 1 and 2 on iTunes now!
Ski films are a massive part of freeskiing. They give skiers a chance to show out, push boundaries, and have tons of fun in the process. Skiers team up with production companies and together they create something incredible. Every ski movie is different and everyone has a different favorite.
Personally, I find it very hard to pick just one. So here is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my favorites:
Mary’s Top 3 (in no particular order, because ranking them seemed near impossible):
Attack of La Niña from Matchstick Productions(MSP)
Attack of La Niña was released in 2011 following one of the deepest and most brutal winters North America has seen in recent memory. While it seems to be missing from many favorites lists it has an extremely special place on mine as the first ever freeskiing film I had ever seen. I had already been falling deeply in love with every aspect of the sport, but MSP’s beautiful film was the final piece solidifying my obsession. Attack of La Niña transitions from backcountry to park to urban and back again flawlessly offering something for everyone. Sean Petit, Mark Abma, Rory Bushfield, Alex Schlopy, Bobby Brown, Gus Kenworthy, and Colby James West (among many others) push their skiing to the limits and it is flawless. I will never forget the feeling I had after watching Attack of La Niña for the first time, and then the subsequent feeling I got watching it the next million times over and over again. Available on iTunes.
The Eighty Six from Stept Productions
Released in 2012, The Eighty Six showcases the insanity of urban skiing and “guerilla filmmaking.” Stept shows the reality of obstacles faced in this sport like run-ins with law enforcement, injuries, and parents. Clayton Villa’s session at the Denver Broncos stadium is fascinating and just one of the many facets that make this film a fan favorite. Sean Jordan, Cam Riley, Shea Flynn and many more lend their skiing to this masterpiece. Available on iTunes.
Sunny from Level 1
It is very rare that Level 1 releases anything that I don’t immediately fall in love with, but their 2013 film Sunny stand above the rest. After taking home numerous awards, including Best Editing titles from the Powder Awards, iF3, and Coldsmoke; Sunny became an instant classic. Everything about Sunny is a complete injection of happy and is near impossible not to love. Tom Wallisch, Wiley Miller, Tim McChesney and many others are featured in the mood-lifting hit. Available on iTunes.
Pushing boundaries, taking chances, daring to go “where no man has gone before..” This is the essence of freeskiing, the very foundation it was built on.
This week we see these core tenants put into action by none other than Sammy Carlson. Sammy, while filming a segment for his newly released film with action sports media company Teton Gravity Research (TGR), The Sammy C Project, set out to hit the largest ski jump in the Western Hemisphere. This jump, Michigan’s Copper Peak, was built in 1970 as a long jump for “ski-flying” and hasn’t seen use in 20 years. It was the perfect jump for Sammy to, as he puts it, “send it to the moon.”
Sammy is no newcomer to freesking. He is a 7-time X Games medalist and has been known to be a leader in the progression of the sport. Even after taking a step back from competition in 2014 he still finds a way to impress us all and garner accolade’s by taking home 3 consecutive X Games Real Ski Backcountry gold medals. Sammy’s session on Copper Peak will help him add to his lengthy list of accomplishments and secure him a spot in the record books as the first and only skier to hit this type of jump with freestyle intent. Copper Peak is intended for the straight airs of ski jumping so the spinning and flips of freeskiing is already something this jump has never seen, but Sammy takes it a step further by approaching many of his tricks switch, or backwards (if you are unfamiliar with ski terminology).
To set the scene and help express just how gnarly this jump is here are a few figures: Copper Peaks is a daunting 24 stories. It boasts a 364 ft. vertical drop and a 35° in-run. Distance records from this jump are over 500 feet. Simply put, this jump is massive and to hit it is a major feat alone, but to do it with steaze (a term used in action sports meaning style and ease) like Sammy’s is incredibly impressive. TGR’s co-founder Steve Jones highlighted this saying: “The jump is truly enormous. Hitting a gap this big in general takes significant confidence and skill, not to mention spinning from its lip or dropping in switch. Sammy is unbeatable when it comes to skiing like this.” I could not agree with him more, right now you would be hard-pressed to find someone consistently pushing the limit like Sammy.
“The Sammy C” project premiered in November and is available on iTunes, Google play, and Amazon now! For the official trailer and more information on “The Sammy C Project” check out www.thesammycproject.com.