The photo appeared on the cover of Powder magazine’s 2016 photo annual: a skier shredding a line in the foreground of a total solar eclipse. But the image tells only the crux of the story. Eclipse, directed by Anthony Bolello, chronicles the other half — the adventure, obsession and effort required to get that incredible shot. Polar bears, negative 20-degree temperatures, capricious fog and clouds, rain, frostbite and variable snowpack are among the myriad adversities that photographer and mastermind Reuben Krabbe and his team braved to capture the iconic photo.
Eclipse is a ski movie with an end goal. Skiers Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens and Brody Leven provide the talent along the way. From skiing couloirs to touring a Russian ghost town and avoiding sea-ice on heavily laden snowmobiles, all the way to the eclipse itself, we can’t help but feel their pain and share their bliss as they traverse the Arctic in search of an elusive, once-in-a-generation photograph.
- Anthony Bonello