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The Reel Deal 2020

Ready or not, here comes this year's best ski movie trailers.

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The days are getting shorter, the morning air is starting to feel crisp, and the leaves are even hinting at changing color. All of this can only mean one thing: This year’s crop of ski movies is coming up!

Like most things in 2020, ski movie showings will undoubtedly look different this year. SKI is expecting to see many more digital premieres, some drive-in showings, and, if everyone starts wearing masks, maybe even a few movies will be shown in a usual theater setting. Regardless of how you choose to see them, these are the movies you need to see before the ski season begins.

We’ll update this page as new trailers are released, so be sure to check back regularly as more movies are announced.

Warren Miller Entertainment – ‘Future Retro’

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Warren Miller Entertainment’s 71st film, “Future Retro,” includes Warren Miller legends Scot Schmidt, the Egan brothers, and athlete-turned-videographer Tom Day, who reunite at Big Sky, Montana, to both pay tribute to one of Warren’s favorite haunts and show the new kids on the block—freeride phenoms Parkin Costain and Maria and Jack Lovely, to be specific—a thing or two about skiing big lines with style. The film also takes us on the kind of far-flung adventures that Warren loved to capture on film. Aspen Freaks Baker Boyd and Victor Major explore summit to sea lines in Iceland, while Nick Russell, Elena Hight, and Danny Davis adventure to Antarctica. Of course, “Future Retro” also showcases skiing a little closer to home, celebrating the joys of every-day aspects of our sport, like digging deep trenches on pristine groomers in Killington.

This year, viewers will be able to watch the action unfold on their own screens, from the comfort of their own couches. “Future Retro” will be available for streaming via WME’s virtual event platform on three separate dates depending on region:

  • East Coast Show: Nov. 7
  • Mountain/Central Show: Nov. 14
  • West Coast Show: Nov. 21

Each virtual screening will feature favorite Warren Miller screening traditions, including swag giveaways, lift ticket deals, backstage passes to meet athletes, and a virtual red carpet preshow with host and narrator, Jonny Moseley.

Picture Organic Clothing – ‘Made in Voyage: Adventure of the Honey House’

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French brand Picture Organic Clothing teamed up with athletes Cody Cirillo and Kellyn Wilson, plus movie makers Wiley Kaupas and Joey Schusler for “Made in Voyage,” a 26-minute long movie that will definitely involve some crazy times traveling in an old bus and some deep powder skiing. The Wes Andersen-inspired movie is the first of the year to announce geographical virtual premieres, creating a “virtual tour” that will be interesting for everyone involved. Luckily, outdoor industry funny man (and SKI Mag contributor) Paddy O’Connell is both narrating the film and emceeing the premieres, which is sure to keep everyone happy throughout.

The virtual schedule starts in the mountains/midwest on November 12 at 7 p.m. (Central 8 p.m.), heads to the East Coast on November 17, and finishes off on the West Coast on November 18. Get more info on this handy film website.

Blank. Collective – ‘Follow the Forecast’

The high-energy, mostly Canadian antics of the Blank. Collective return for 2020 with “Follow the Forecast.” Look for some deep snow skiing, backflips and other backcountry trickery, and a special appearance by Mr. Fifty Project, Cody Townsend. Starring Alexi Godbout, Riley Leboe, Stan Rey, Anna Segal, Chris Rubens, and more, this will be one to watch a few times.

The full movie will drop on November 17, 2020, and most of the athletes featured will be virtually in attendance and answering viewer questions in realtime during the YouTube premiere. Do yourself a favor and set up a reminder on this YouTube page to make sure you don’t miss the show.

Faction – Zermatt to Verbier

What happens when four freeriders take on the route made famous by the ‘Patrouille des Glaciers’ race? A new film from ski brand Faction will find out. Skiers Sam Anthamatten, Yann Rausis, Elisabeth Gerritzen, and Anna Smoothy made the traverse from one iconic European ski town to another, and skied some terrific lines in the process.

Directed by Etienne Mérel, this film promises some incredible drone footage, historical facts about the area, and introspective dialogue. Expect to see the entire movie on November 24, 2020.

Teton Gravity Research – ‘Make Believe’

Celebrating 25 years of ski movies, this year’s Teton Gravity Research (TGR) release celebrates many pro skiers’ humble beginnings, and how they turned a dream into a lifestyle that inspires skiers everywhere. Starring TGR regulars Tim Durtschi, Nick McNutt, Griffin Post, Colter Hinchliffe, Kai Jones, Caite Zeliff, and the incredible Sammy Carlson, and others, “Make Believe” is sure to be one of the most visually striking and enjoyable ski movies of 2020.

“Make Believe” is scheduled to premiere in the Tetons on Sept. 19, 2020, and a tour of sorts will follow. You can find more information on TGR’s website.

Frozen Ambrosia/1091 Pictures – ‘Tanner Hall Forever’

The man, the myth, the legend, Tanner Hall is back again with another feature that is sure to inspire the hearts and minds of skiers both young and old. After 20 years in the game, T Hall knows a thing or two about how to put it down. From park to powder, X Games to the Freeride World Tour, Hall’s been blowing minds in the ski world since the turn of the millennium. This year, T Hall cuts deep. “Forever” delves into the challenges he’s faced over two decades of professional skiing and the different avenues within the sport that adversity has forced him down, the Freeride World Tour only being the latest. This movie will be real, personal, and that’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from Tanner Hall. If you don’t have goosebumps after this one, check your pulse.

“Tanner Hall Forever” will premiere online on October 6, 2020.

Matchstick Productions – ‘Huck Yeah!’

It appears the crew at Matchstick Productions (MSP) might have found the perfect equation for their new movie. This year MSP once again taps Sam Kuch and Karl Fostvedt, the skiers who stole the show in last year’s “Return to Send’r,” and combine those skiers’ talents with some of the best female skiers in the world, including Arianna Tricomi, McKenna Peterson, Lucy Sackbauer, and The Blondes (Janelle Yip, Tonje Kviviki, and Emily Childs). Plus, this year’s feature promises appearances from longtime MSP staples like Mark Abma, Eric Hjorliefson, and Chris Rubens, making “Huck Yeah!” a must-see for anyone who likes to watch skiers do their thing. Be sure to grab a beer, some popcorn, and a front-row seat when release day rolls around.

MSP plans to send this one to the world in September 2020. Learn more on their website.

‘Swiftcurrent’ by Maggie Voisin

There’s no doubt that women are pushing the sport of skiing forward. In the world of freestyle, no one is pushing harder than U.S. Ski Team member Maggie Voisin. The 21-year-old Whitefish, Mont. native made the Olympic team in 2014 but was unable to compete due to a broken ankle. Since then, she consistently lands on Dew Tour and X Games podiums, and last season she collaborated with Tom Wallisch for some days on film both in the park and in the backcountry.

Strictly – ‘Bermuda’

For the past few years, the young guns at Strictly have evolved from a group of young and hungry skiers with a vision to what now looks like the Gen Z version of Level 1. The upcoming film “Bermuda” promises plenty of unique angles, crazy features, indie music, and cool styles from many of the most up-and-coming skiers in America. The athletes on Strictly’s roster include Benny Smith, Sam Zahner, Pete Koukov, Parker Norvell, Ethan Swadburg, Calvin Barrett, Taylor Brooke Lundquist, Carson Kerr, McRae Williams, and Levi Ascher. SKI is especially stoked to see more of former editorial intern Ascher doing his thing in “Bermuda.”

The film will be available for free for 24 hours on Newschoolers, starting at 1 p.m. MST on Oct. 27.

Level 1 presents ‘Nothing’

Level 1, the production company headed by Josh Berman, is no longer creating annual feature-length ski films, but they are still an influential force in the world of skiing. For 2020, they teamed up with long-time athlete Parker White for a short film that combines skiing, snowboarding, and no-boarding (binding-free snowboarding). In addition to White, “Nothing” will star Duncan Adams, Forest Bailey, Lucas Stål Madison, Matt Wainhouse, and Patrick McCarthy. Filmed in Hokkaido, Japan, and Mt. Baker, Wash., prepare to enjoy people sliding around in deep powder snow in all sorts of fun ways.

Liars & Thieves, Teton Gravity Research – ‘Purple Mountains’

Yes, Jeremy Jones is a snowboarder. But he’s also becoming an outspoken activist for everyone who enjoys snow and mountains, including skiers. His new film, “Purple Mountains,” seeks to bridge the divide between people who are working hard to fight climate change and those who still need to be convinced about the science behind the crisis. Presented by Protect Our Winters, expect a few of the rowdiest descents you’ve ever seen intertwined with real conversations about why people don’t believe in climate change. Hopefully, Jones gets a few people to change their minds.

Holmlands – ‘The Revelstoke Diaries’

“The Revelstoke Diaries” takes a behind-the-scenes look at some of the colorful locals that populate this Canadian place. With people like Greg Hill and Izzy Lynch involved, there is sure to be some great skiing, but also much more intimate looks at the lives of people who make Revy such a special place.

Nordica – ‘Delay Your Arrival’

The new series from Nordica, “Delay Your Arrival,” travels from the Pacific Northwest to Japan and back again while documenting a great season that had to be modified due to a global pandemic. The primary athlete of the series, Essex Prescott, didn’t have much of an agenda besides ski as much as possible and chase good snow on either side of the Pacific Ocean. Check out future episode info and see photos on Nordica’s website.

Benshi Creative – ‘Dollar Short’ presented by Sweet Protection

Skiers longing for ski movies with story narratives—à la Greg Stump or Sweetgrass Productions—rejoice! The new film “Dollar Short,” starring Jake Hopfinger and Parkin Costain, looks like the latest installment in the genre of not-so-serious acting and very serious skiing. Based on the trailer, it looks like the story will involve a bank robbery, so we’re expecting something along the lines of “Point Break” by way of Montana and Idaho.

Salomon TV 2020-’21 Winter Season

Salomon TV is back for another season of high-flying powder skiing, deep conversations on the chairlift, women pushing boundaries, and probably some crazy drone footage to boot. As previous seasons of Salomon TV have proved, this is the best skiing webisode series on the internet, and we expect that to continue this season to say the least.