Life Without Lifts | Powderwhore Productions: “ELEVATION”

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This new movie by the Powderwhores looks stunning.  It seems to capture the excitement and fear of exploration into many of North America’s mountainous territories.

We’re always excited to see what these guy’s come up with.  They have a low budget and rarely use helicopters, yet always seem to produce breathtaking movies in the true spirit of backcountry travel.  Even with this in mind, they still manage to ski gnarly lines in AK… you just know that, somehow, “that guy” climbed all the way to the top of that gnarly spine face he’s skiing in the movie.

Pre-order ELEVATION on the Powderwhores website, or read about it on their blog.

Browse the tour dates here: Powderwhore’s ELEVATION Tour Dates

Elevation movie cover.

Here’s what the Powderwhores have to say about ELEVATION:

“With this resurgence into the backcountry we look for real adventure beyond the tightly wound, firmly stretched orange and black ropes that “protect” us from knowing freedom.”

Ian Provo in the Tordrillo Mountains, AK.
Ian Provo in the Tordrillo Mountains, AK. Check out the bootpack in the couloir looker’s left of the skier.

“The backcountry is the imagination unleashed and you get out what you put in. There are real boundaries and limitations though; avalanches, exposure to the elements, conditions and fatigue all challenge one to grow in knowledge, patience and fitness. The joy comes in discovering these limitations, moving through fear and exploring beyond. Putting in the perspiration and inspiration leads to ELEVATION.”

Jake Sakson sending it off a massive one.
Jake Sakson sending it off a massive one.

“This movie is part ski porn, part documentary and a full on propaganda piece promoting the joys and wonder of exploring on skis and split-board. What we lack in flashy graphics, hi-tech camera gear and helicopter budgets, we make up for with a try-hard demeanor. Capturing wild mountains and those willing to put in the time, education, respect and energy that they demand is our pleasure.”

Noah Howell in Mineral Fork Wasatch UT
Noah Howell in Mineral Fork Wasatch UT.

The movie line-up:

Holden Village, a peaceful Lutheran retreat deep in the Cascades, hosts Michele Manning and a wayward band of skiers who discover its powdery blessings from above

The Dorais brothers, Jason and Andy, attempt speed skiing records on the Grand Teton and Mount Rainier

Andrew McLean explores true expedition life in the Ruth Gorge of Alaska

Returning to health, Noah Howell reveals the depths of his season

Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough clean house in their backyard range, the Tetons of  Wyoming

Will Cardamone and Charlie Cannon hole up for turns in a hut deep in Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains

Bob Athey offers up crusty bits of wisdom gathered from decades of being bitter in the backcountry

Cindi-Lou and Zach Grant build the cabin of their dreams in the heart of the Wasatch Mtns

The Provo brothers, Neil and Ian, reign supreme in the Tordrillo Mountains proving once again that Alaska is the undisputed king of big lines and deep powder

Neil Provo in the Tordrillo mountains, AK.

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2 thoughts on “Life Without Lifts | Powderwhore Productions: “ELEVATION”

  1. I dig the idea, but there’s no need to be negative about ski resorts. They fuel our industry and every person in this video got good at skiing at a ski resort.

    You just can’t get good at skiing only skiing bc, it’s not enough funs. Practice makes perfect.

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