Documentary and educational films about snowboarding have always stood in a separate niche. These are fairly rare, high quality, and informative films. Some of them show all kinds of tricks, skiing spots, nature, and snowboarders’ adventures; others focus on the history of snowboarding, important issues faced by athletes; the third category includes exclusively educational films, where both the basics of boarding and the techniques of performing complex tricks can be shown.
Extreme through the lens: The best snowboard movies
If you’ve decided to watch a snowboarding movie, that’s good. And if it also teaches you something, then that is even better. Below is an overview of ten of the best snowboarding movies that you can learn a lot from for your training. Read on to find out more.
A stunning movie about snowboarding in the big mountains. The first film in the trilogy (Deeper, 2010; Further, 2012; Higher, 2014), with deep philosophy and subtext, talks about what real snowboarding is. In this movie, snowboarders walk, live in tents, and ride in places where people have never been before. Most people who first get to the big mountains immediately change their attitude towards them. And those who do not change soon die. This is about the secret message of the film.
Teton Gravity Research and Jeremy Jones showed with their film why you need to shoot freeride in big mountains. Impressive cinematography and high-quality post-processing immerse the average viewer in situations in which they are unlikely to ever find themselves. Jeremy Jones is not going to stop there, and, according to him, there are even more adventures ahead than before.
9. Apocalypse Snow
Perhaps this is the movie that every self-respecting snowboarder should watch. A classic that was filmed in 1983. This is a movie about the origins of snowboarding, the first movie in which snowboarders took part. The film is unlikely to surprise you with complex stunts but will delight you with old-school jumping and freeriding.
In all respects, this is an excellent film about snowboarding, which gives a visual insight into the early stages of the development of this sport. And about the people who participated in this – brave, with excellent riding skills and hardened by rigorous training.
8. The Blizzard of AAHHH’S
One of the first professional alpine skiing films. Even though this tape is not about snowboarding, it gives a true view of the intense mountain descents in the late 1980s. This movie is about skiing in big mountains, and is filled with skiing on some of the most exciting skis runs in the world.
The film features American legends – Glen Plake, Michael Huttrup, and Scott Schmidt, who are still considered heroes among both beginners and professional skiers.
7. Learn to Board. Watch. Learn. Ride
A gorgeous movie from the famous snowboard master Warren Miller. The first part of the film is made in the form of mini-lessons and masterclasses on the basics of skating, the second – in the style of “question-answer”. As you watch, you will learn how to start snowboarding, which board to choose, how to dress, where and how to ride, and how to choose a slope for training. The film provides a detailed answer to these and other questions.
Besides, using the training of professional snowboarders as an example, they will show you how to stand on the board, slide, turn, brake, jump, and do basic tricks. An analysis of popular errors is also attached.
6. That’s it, That’s all
For two years, producers Travis Rice and Kurt Morgan have traveled the world in search of places and environments in which to capture the essence of snowboarding. The filmmakers traveled to New Zealand, Japan, Germany, and Canada to push their limits and break the standard of extreme video.
Non-stop action, mesmerizing landscapes, and extreme are filmed at the highest level. The quality of filming was achieved through the use of various types of cameras, including several special cameras that are installed on a helicopter.
This film, without exaggeration, is a real gem of extreme sports cinema, one of the best snowboarding movies. It will be a great addition to any snowboarder’s video collection and will be of concern to anyone interested in the mountains in one way or another.
5. Full Moon
This isn’t just a film with a feminine take on snowboarding. It was attended by real pros such as Hana Beaman, Marie-France Roy, Jamie Anderson, and others. A unique tape allows you to be filled with adrenaline and tells that women can also get maximum pleasure from this extreme sport.
Filmed in two years, the movie also pays homage to snowboarding legends and is intended to inspire posterity and future generations of snowboarders.
4. Let it Ride; Craig Kelly Story
The story is about a famous snowboarder, multiple champion named Craig Kelly. Following his dream, he turned down millions of dollars in contracts, retired from professional sports, took up big mountain backcountry, and became the first accredited mountain snowboarding guide.
However, an avalanche ended the athlete’s life on January 20, 2003, and also hit the snowboarding world hard, forcing even the most daring athletes to subside. However, the tragedy brought snowboarders all over the world together and reminded them that snowboarding is more than just a sport, it is a culture.
The documentary footage of the film covers 25 years of life, sanctifies the beginning of Craig Kelly’s career, his ascent to the top of the championship, and travels around the world in search of happiness and education.
3. The Fourth Phase
Is always looking for – it means to be dissatisfied with the current situation and anticipate something more than what you have at the moment.
A fascinating tape tells about those who are born as a seeker. About those who, having barely learned to walk, are trying to find something new, desiring to satisfy curiosity and fulfill their dreams. This film is about those people who, despite the obstacles of adult life, do not stop searching and continue to improve their skills and abilities.
A film about Travis Rice – the strongest snowboarder in the world, which, despite his achievements, together with his colleagues investigates places to dizzying extremes and training in Japan, Russia, the United States, and Alaska. This film rightfully takes its place on the list of snowboard movies.
2. The Crash Reel
Fifteen years of surveys show a fascinating history of confrontation between legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce – childhood friends, who took first and second place at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
They spur each other on even more dangerous stunts until Kevin crashes while training – double cork in Park City. He suffered a severe head injury and was in a coma for a week. Kevin wants only one thing – to rebuild his life and get back on the snowboard. But his family and doctors fear it could kill him.
The challenging yet important struggle film also pays tribute to Sarah Burke, who crashed and died in Park City on January 19, 2012.
1. The Art of Flight
If you have already watched this film, then you understand exactly why it was in the first place. If you haven’t seen it yet, get ready for Travis Rice, John Jackson, Jake Blauvelt, Pat Moore, Scotty Lago, and Nicolas Mueller to turn your idea of big snowboarding upside down. Together they find themselves on various adventures on the slopes of the mountains, go through them, and prove to others and themselves that snowboarding is something more, much more than just entertainment.
This is a movie about snowboarding that combines an ambitious plan to overcome personal boundaries, the indescribable beauty of untouched corners of the world, adventurism, and the intensity of emotions of the main characters. They lived every inch of the slopes they rode and walked on.
The film combines stunning stunts, incredible landscapes, quality cinematography, great soundtrack. All this allows The Art of Flight to occupy top positions in the ratings of films about snowboarding and extreme sports for many years.
We can only envy the lucky who viewed it in 3D in the movie house.
These snowboarding movies can take each of us into a new wonderful world of previously unseen extremes. The importance of such films can hardly be overestimated. They develop, educate the public, and inspire newbies. For more experienced snowboarders, such a movie serves as a source of knowledge and helps to improve the riding and handling of the snowboard. They serve as a link between the snowboarding world and the rest of the world.
Incredible landscapes, impressive stunts, communication with like-minded people, speed, and drive. Fascinating. However, you must understand that snowboarding is a dangerous sport. And if you haven’t ridden before, it makes sense to take a few lessons from an experienced instructor. Always wear a helmet and be careful when cornering.