Since 1996, the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program has been teaching people with disabilities to ski. The organization has grown in scope and scale, and last June, they brought their athletes to Alaska for an immersive high-altitude adventure. This inspiring short features locals James and Summer Colt, along with guide Drew Ludwig.
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.
The Seven Summits are a legendary accomplishment for alpinists. So how did a motley crew of Midwesterners achieve them — and over a weekend, no less? They redefined the summits, making them the highest points of seven Midwestern U.S. states. These men don’t need climbing rope or crampons — a passenger van and a designated driver is the key to them bagging their goal. Directed by David Story and featuring his identical twin brother, Telluride local Rob Story, Into Thick Air chronicles a group of adventurers who live up to the moniker that the legendary Yvon Chouinard once applied to himself and his brethren: Conquerors of the Useless.