AM Finalists for IF3

IF3 has announced the finalists for the AM division of the festival. A quick look at the list (in no particular order) of finalists tells us the choice is not going to be easy: How We Livin’ by Stept Productions (USA) Brand New Day by NSF Productions (Canada) Hands Up by Secondhand Productions (Sweden) Reflections by Mighty Jamming Production (Japan) The Affiliates by ESK Media (Canada) Outdoor Graduation by Voleurz (Canada) Shoot Me by Chaoz Productions (Norway).

the Jackson Hole Air Force


Those guys pretty much invented the thing, big mountain skiing as we know it. Just even more hardcore :  Swift Silent Deep, available this fall on DVD, is a tribute to the legendary Jackson Hole Air Force.

This film should be on the shelves of every ski household in America.–Danny Grant, Senior Vice President, VAS Entertainment

You bet Danny! - plus it would not hurt VAS business neither ;)

more information on : www.swiftsilentdeep.com

Harlaut with Oakley, Bertoni with Orage

Henrik Harlaut is the latest addition to the Oakley International Ski Team. The tall tees of the 18 year-old Swede will be decorated with the big O starting next year. "It means a lot to be with Oakley," says Harlaut. "I back the products and I’ve always wanted to be a part of the team."

More news from the sponsor front: Xavier Bertoni, the french gold medalist in the winter X Games superpipe this year, has signed with Orage. The skier from La Clusaz will be joining the team of JP Auclair, Phil Casabon and TJ Schiller. Orage announces a Xavier Bertoni pro-model jacket coming in 2010.

Free Body Wash for Tom Wallisch

Tom Wallisch has won the Coast-Make Me Famous contest. That's right: Coast plans on making Wallisch even more famous than he already is. “It’s sort of ironic that Tom skis away as the grand prize winner, because he was already a pretty famous athlete,” says Danny Spyra, Project Manager for the contest. “But in a contest that recognizes talent above all else, Tom is a worthy champion.”

Wallisch was awarded a 1-year sponsorship with Coast and a cheque of $20,000 for his technical and clean (after all we're talking body wash here) 4-minute edit. Check out the clip, filmed throughout the 08/09 winter in Squaw Valley, Salt Lake City and Copper Mountain, below:


Hands Up, Scandinavia Strikes Hard

One of the nicest trailers we've seen this summer comes from Scandinavia: Second Hands' fourth feature length video, Hands Up. Filmed and edited by Johan Rosengren, Jonas Wahlstrand & Andreas Olofsson this trailer has stunning images, sick tricks and the right music. Featured riders: Kristoffer Edwall, Johannes Andersson, Jim Johansson Wolf, Lars Ilis, Simon Ericson, Lasse Nyhaugen, Kim Boberg, Niklas Eriksson, Sebastian Persson, Emil Forss, Jesper Guldbrand, Mårten Bergkvist and friends!

Check it out yourself!

The full movie is currently being edited and we'll hopefully see it in the AM category of IF3.

Shane McConkey Tribute Ski

K2 is releasing a limited edition Shane McConkey Ski this winter, celebrating the life of the legendary skier who died in a ski base jumping accident in the Italian Dolomites earlier this year. 

Approximately 500 pair of the unique, individually numbered, commemorative skis will be produced. All net proceeds generated by sales of the ski (selling at $699) will be donated to Shane’s family.

see also:
- Shane McConkey - Bond
- Shane McConkey - Claim
- Shane McConkey - Push

What Else?!


Julien Rodrigues from Invert productions just dropped a sweet trailer for their upcoming movie What Else?!
The riders are mostly french and chances are you don't know them (yet), except for Phil Casabon and Lolo favre, but this still is a super solid trailer with a great editing.

What Else?! will be competing at the IF3 this september

Armada looking for video intern

It seems we can add Armada to the list of brands that will publish their web TV next season. The Californian ski brand has posted an opening for a video intern capable of shooting and editing videos. Intern is most certainly code for lousy, if any, pay but on the other hand: as the official Armada video slave you'll get to travel the world with the Armada team. Interested? Send your resume to media@armadaskis.com.

IF3 selection and judges


The IF3 Film Festival has announced the 2009 selection of ski movies and the panel of industry-expert judges. And even though he pretends to be too shy to post it himself, we're stoked here at skipass.com to have our own Guillaume Lahure, founder of skipass.com, figure as a judge amongst no lesser gods than JF Cusson and Eric Iberg. We hope he'll be up to the task of judging the sick selection of movies, featuring :

- In Deep: The Skiing Experience, Matchstick Productions (USA)
- Refresh, Level 1 Production (USA)
- Everyday is a Saturday, Poor Boyz Productions (USA)
- Mad In France, SVP (France)
- Can’t Stop, RTP (France)
- Contrast, Nimbus Independent (USA)
- Eyes Wide Open, Field Productions (Norway)
- Wild Stallions, Meathead Films (USA)
- Pretty Good, Rage Films (USA)
- !What Else?, Invert Productions (France)
- Signature, Sweetgrass Productions (USA)
- So Far So Hood

Winter X Games coming to Europe

Rumors have been buzzing since weeks, but after the initial confirmation that the Winter X Games are coming to Europe next year, we now have the dates. The show is on for March 8-12, 2010 in Tignes, the resort that shares the Espace Killy ski area with neighbor Val d'Isère. It's the first time that the Winter X Games will be held outside the US. During three days the resort will be the backdrop to eight different skiing and snowboarding competitions: superpipe and slopeestyle for both men and women.
So far no information has been released on the athletes to be invited, but we'll keep you posted as more news becomes available. And of course: count on skipass to be reporting live on the Winter X Games, both in the US and in our backyard.

The event will be aired by CANAL + Networks in France and the French-speaking territories.


exclusive! Can't Stop trailer, the Sammy Carlson movie


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This year’s film, directed by Dom Janiszewski, is the outcome of a solid collaboration between Dom and Sammy, who has been involved in every stage from planning to graphic design. They began shooting just before the X-Games in Aspen and the surrounding areas. The next big stop was in Europe in Montgenèvre where they had excellent conditions. Then to finalize everything, Dom spent over a month in the US travelling all over the place with Sammy and company.


This year, Ride the Planets also collaborated with filmers based in the US: Pete Alport, Justin Weigan and Brandon Husak. They filmed the more urban shoots around the US with various riders.
The film also features freeskiers such as Matt Walker, Tanner Hall, Simon Dumont, Tommy Ellingson, Mike Hornbeck, Ben Moxham, Liam Downey and Nick Martini as well as ‘Sammy’s kids’ Willie Borm and Seamus Flanagan. Of course, infamous paragliding shots with Antoine Montant are topped off with impressive speedflying.

Read more to get Sammy's words on it, with our exclusive interview.

Re:Session trailer from TGR

We woke up, and it was here ! : enjoy the TGR trailer of Re:session.


you can also stream this teaser and all next season movies teasers on your iPhone. just go to m.zapiks.com!


The award winning producers at Teton Gravity Research (TGR) present their newest 16mm and HD film, Re: Session. This project takes viewers beyond the traditional ski and snowboard movie into a revolutionary realm of action sports entertainment. Shot on both film and RED ONE high definition camera technology, Re: Session documents the true wealth of the mountain experience. Follow the crew as they score in one of Alagna, Italy’s deepest seasons on record. Check out forbidden powder in Poland, massive wedges in Colorado, new gap jumps in Utah, and seven weeks of epic riding conditions in Alaska. Re: Session brings the most talented athletes in the sport together into one must-see film. The all-star roster includes TGR regulars Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Seth Morrison, Jeremy Jones, Kye Petersen, Ian McIntosh, Dana Flahr, Dylan Hood, Erik Roner, Wiley Miller, and Dash Longe rounded out with the fresh faces of Tanner Hall, Sammy Carlson and Callum Pettit.

Shot on location in: Jackson Hole WY, Alagna Italy, Last Frontier Heli-Skiing, Poland, Slovakia, Haines AK, North Cascade Heli-Skiing, Colorado, Stevens Pass WA, Utah, Montana, and Pemberton B.C.

Tanner Hall walking on two legs, not riding anytime soon

Tanner Hall, who has been recuperating in Park City, Utah, ever since his accident back in May will probably not be back on skis this season.  His physical therapist Janna Mann, who has been working with Tanner on his recovery at Alpine Sports Medicine in Park City, says in an interview with Powder Mag that he can be expected back for the 2010-2011 season. 

Tanner himself wrote on twitter today that he's walking on both legs awaiting his next surgery: "Big changes in the knees walkin on both legs right now killing shit one day at a time!!!" As soon as he's strong enough he will have to undergo two more surgeries to repair his ACL’s.

(video inside)

Can't Stop - Sammy Carlson

We will be dropping the trailer for Can't Stop, "the Sammy Carlson movie" by Ride The Planets sometimes this week (could be today, could be friday). This will be an exclusive, so if you don't want to miss it, reload this page 24/7 or do it the easy way : subscribe to our Facebook page. The vid will be dropped there too!

Everyday is a Saturday - Trailer

More feel, more stories, more riding, more images, more competition, more backcountry...

More.

Everyday is a Saturday continues continues what Poorboyz started last year with Reasons. In 2008 Poorboyz took home several awards at the 2008 International Freeski Film Festival in Montreal for the fresh approach to freeskiing that marked Reasons. And they're not planning on changing a winning formula: Everyday is a Saturday further refines the approach to freeskiing introduced by Reasons.


Want more? Check out the trailer released last february as well.

Mad in France Trailer

The trailers just keep on coming! And in our unbiased opinion the best so far is french: Mad in France from the guys at SVP. Check it out yourselve below:

MSP In Deep trailer

It's teaser season again! We'll make sur you'll find the very best teasers right here all summer, starting today with the release of the MSP Films teaser release of "IN DEEP: The Ski Movie Experience".


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