Who To Follow: Instagram

In a sport that’s still relatively young, such as freeskiing, social media can be crucial in its rise to the mainstream. Make it to instagram’s discover page and you could gain thousands of new fans. The best of these young athletes know how to work this new marketing tool to their advantage and do so in an amazing fashion. So in this sparkly new social media age who is worthy of that sacred follow? Here are five of my top picks:

    • Joss Christensen: @joss

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Ski Films: My Favorites

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.

Attack of La Niña Trailer HD from mspfilms on Vimeo.

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.

The Eighty Six Trailer – Stept Productions from Stept Productions on Vimeo.

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.

Sunny Official Trailer from Level 1 on Vimeo.