The End of Snow
A scientist dredges up 10,000-year-old silt from the bottom of an alpine lake. A lovable hermit known as the Snow Guardian, meticulously records weather data at his remote Colorado cabin. A Wyoming rancher raises cattle sustainably with water conservation in mind. By analyzing the data from these different sources, climate scientist and skier Jane Zelikova hopes to better understand the dwindling Western snowpack and how people can adapt to a future without snow. And because the Rocky Mountain West depends on snow for recreation, water and food — and is increasingly plagued by wildfires and droughts — this important research comes not a moment too soon.
If you’re determined to summit and ski remote Mont Forel, the second-highest peak in Greenland, knowing that the aircraft-fueled expedition will pump carbon into the atmosphere, you might mitigate the guilty pleasure by bringing along a climate scientist. This renders Guilt Trip into a perfect Mountainfilm package, offering a dose of adrenaline and wonder at the staggering beauty of the natural world, but not without with the science of climate change, seasoned with guilt over our own contribution to making April in Greenland downright hot. That the balmy weather and rapidly melting ice partially thwart both scientific research and adventure travel is a bitter irony lost on no one.
Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks
From director Chris Kitchen comes an ode to America’s best idea: our national parks. One hundred years after the 1916 creation of the National Park Service, a crew of professional skiers set out on adventures in Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier and Olympic national parks. Following in the footsteps of the first explorers, photographers, surveyors and conservationists of the American West, the group skis big lines and cultivates friendships from their backcountry camps. Without the summer crowds, the wilderness comes alive with the same beauty, wonder and solitude that enchanted the winter visitors of a century ago and inspired preserving the land for future generations.