70-Some Years

6 mins


At 90 years old, Henry Bendinelli was a tour de force. After more than seven decades of skiing, he still found joy in traipsing around the mountains and wanted to share his passion with others. He created a social club in which members could venture into the outdoors through skiing, cycling, dancing and more.

Filmmaker Riley Hooper first encountered Bendinelli when she worked for Vimeo. He wrote asking for assistance in deleting videos, and the two struck up an unlikely friendship. Eventually, they went skiing together, and Hooper was moved by his infectious zeal for life. 70-Some Years details that life, ranging from Bendinelli’s experiences under fire during war to the many runs he logged skiing. His story makes clear the importance of pursuing our passions, and how sharing the resulting joy with others is the key to a long and healthy life.

Production Team

Riley Hooper

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2016 Mountainfilm Festival.