Sämi Ortlieb is unconventional. His avowed spiritual teacher is a cat and with his own unique skiing style and dislike of self-promotion, he is something of an enigma in the ski world. Originally from Glarus, Switzerland, Ortlieb has quietly been producing some of the most creative segments in skiing over the past few years. Not only a unique talent on skis, Ortlieb is also an artist, a designer, a filmmaker and member of a hardcore punk band. His ski films portray the true soul of the sport with a do-it-yourself mentality and a sense of community. His films include Birds Brigade (2017), Glacier Days (2017) and Water World Park Segment (Mountainfilm 2020), which he directed with Robin Lee.