Josh Dueck was a passionate free-skier who found himself coaching world-class athletes, such as TJ Schiller and Justin Dorey, at a young age. But one day, he misjudged his speed as he approached a jump, and what could have been a harmless mistake, brought inextricable, life-altering consequences. When he crashed, his spinal cord was severed, leaving him paralyzed. Instead of giving up on skiing, however, Dueck refocused his passion into sit-skiing, and the experience allowed him to jump-start a new career and find a new way to do what he loves the best: ski. The Freedom Chair traces the path from Dueck’s injury to his return to the hill, where he wins silver and gold at the Olympics and X Games and still gets out with friends to charge big terrain — all thanks to his freedom chair.
For so many in the mountains, skiing is life. That is certainly the case with the allegorical main character in Winter’s Wind. Based on the legendary ski bum Gary Bigham, who lives in Chamonix, France, this unusual film shows how rich life can be — even if all you really have is boots, skis, poles and a boundless desire to point them downhill. The director, Matty “Moo” Herriger, has worked as a cameraman with some of the big names in ski films — such as TGR and Warren Miller — but after several decades of shooting for other directors, he’s made his own project of passion about the sport.