Our Best Winter Sports Films selection consists out of films we feel will motivate any average Joe into a winter-sports craving maniac. We all know that one guy who’s never game when you start planning the annual ski trip down to Lesotho. Use these films to convince him that snowboarding and skiing is life.
1. Afterglow – 2014
Shot in the deep powder of the Esplanade Range emerges a short but spectacularly shot film that most would describe as a visually breathtaking work of art. Canada is known to be as beautiful in night time as it is during the day. Afterglow allows you to witness its beauty in such a way that you feel like you’re experiencing it first hand. The filming duration of this masterpiece was over 6 weeks. The crew had eight 4,000-watt lights at their disposal and as a result, they had some of the best footage imaginable. The video is accompanied by poetic narration to add some depth and stimulation to the ear. If you’re into cool gadgets you wouldn’t want to miss this one as they sport some insane LED jackets in some of the scenes.
2.McConkey – 2013
The trailer of McConkey alone should raise the hair on the back of your neck. It’s a film that covers the life of the ski-legend we all loved and will never forget, Shane McConkey. He redefined what we classified as a daredevil while at the same time inspiring people to live life to the fullest every day. This documentary gives us more insight into the life, death and legacy of the legend himself as friends and family share personal moments they’ve shared with him. This is the perfect tribute to one of the biggest action-sports stars in history.
3. Eddie the Eagle – 2016
Eddie the Eagle is one of those movies you just have to see as it is a feel-good film, in addition, it’s based on a true story. The story is based on struggles and successes of Michael Edwards. You could describe Eddie as an oddball ski-jumper who first of all had no experience under his belt and secondly had no coach to train him. Hugh Jackman took the role of his rebellious and charismatic coach and as a result, improved Eddie’s popularity and abilities. The film follows his process of entering the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. It’s probably one of my personal ski movies of all time.
4. That’s It, That’s All – 2008
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about snowboarding. That’s It That’s All is one of my personal favourites due to the love I have for the extreme. This film embodies the true meaning of snowboarding as each scene tops the previous. The mission of this film was for Tavis Rice and a dream team crew to capture some sick footage and as a result, they managed to just do that. They’ve presented a new perspective on the sport as a whole and in addition, assured snowboarding received some needed publicity. New Zealand, Munich and Tokyo are only some of the spots that feature in this film. The tricks displayed are out of this world and as a result will have you questioning both reality and gravity.