There’s Pow And Then There’s Ski Porn (INSPIRATION OUTDOOR VIDEO)

By Meredith Bless

This winter season Mother Nature teased her fans with a mere dusting of translucent powder on her rocky peaks throughout Alaska and much of the west coast. In this prolonged state of neglect, her followers were found reaching for the stars, crossing their fingers, and doing their snow dances. They longed to feel the wintery chill in their bones, excitement in their bellies, and the freedom to fly. In this time of waiting and wanting, I’ve found the term ski porn slip effortlessly even from my lips. Shocking, I know.

As I surfed YouTube, Unofficial Network, and Facebook for something to tantalize my senses and remind me that there actually is winter somewhere, I found myself sifting through a lot of junk to find inspiration. Jack Murray summed it up nicely in an article he wrote last year, “Lots of action, thin-to-nonexistent plot, zero character development, repetitive camera angles, formulaic procedure, predictable ending. They call it ski porn for a reason.” That’s what ski porn used to be.

Things have changed over the years with the influx of affordable cameras to the masses. Not only has the photo industry seen a massive shift over the last 10 years, but so has our wintery nuggets of video stoke. You have a few options these days. There is the 15 (or 30) year old with a few GoPros strapped to their body to give you a 7-minute nauseating perspective of their ‘sick line.’ There is also the over-edited, choppy, sequence of jumps and falls set to some obscure Megadeath soundtrack. Finally, there is the new wave ski porn of professionally made feature films, which I have no issue with, but I just don’t have the time to sit still for the entire show typically. So what’s a girl to do in her moment of distress? Go for a run in the rain, hike the icy trails, visit the local pub? Nay. The last few years have put out a few visual gems, you just have to dig for them.

As I write this, I see images flow through social media of fresh powder in Colorado, Washington, Utah, and even California. Here in Juneau, Alaska we have the aurora and Taku winds to distract us from the lack of snowfall. But for most, as night turns to day, as the snow begins to fall, and as our hearts begin to flutter once more, we must recognize those who helped keep our minds on the snow and out of the gutter. Here are a few of my guilty pleasures that still keep me in good spirits as the winds howl around me.

1. Afterglow: Lightsuit Segment. I’ll start the list off with this short from Sweetgrass Productions. This short by far is one of the most creative ski segments out there. It plays in perfectly with my color fetish, the detailed edit, finesse of the skiers, and a soundtrack by my favorite band First Aid Kit, who could go wrong.

2. $h*t F*#k Ski Conditions from Epic TV. I give these guys credit for making the most of what they had. I was humored and felt inspired to do the same after watching this. I didn’t strap my skis on and start shredding dirt, but I decided the rain and ice wasn’t going to stop me from sporting my rain boots and exploring my new found playground – even in January.

3. The Balance of Powder from Sherpa Cinema. This film features cat and heli skiing, so it has a bit of a different feel from my other choices. I like the storytelling, aerial and deep pow shots, and the older I get, I must say those 5-star lodges look pretty darn relaxing.

4. The Faces of Dav – Powderhound – Ep. 7. I chose this short because it was a bit more on the traditional avenue of ski porn. Great snow and great lines. There were some refreshing camera angles and I always like learning about locations. Since Revelstoke, BC is on my list of places to visit, this was a great way to ring in the new year for 2015.

5. JP Auclair Street Segment (All.I.Can). This is one of my all time favorite videos to watch on a whim by Sherpa Cinema. The cinematography, soundtrack, edit, and overall fun makes this an awesome tribute to the gone, but not forgotten, star of this segment, Mr. JP Auclair.

[intro photo credit: Gabe Rogel]

 

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