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Documentary details heroic battles of ski patrollers


The educational film won several awards at the Telluride Film Festival, and hopes to change the way skiers and boarders look at backcountry safety

 

 

 

Considering how dangerous the sports of skiing and snowboarding are, ski patrollers are the unsung heroes of the mountain. Every day they battle crazy conditions and weather to make sure we stay healthy, happy, and safe. Think slopes maintain themselves? Think again. The amount of factors that go into opening a ski hill on any given day will make even the most knowledgeable skiers’ heads spin.

F9 Films decided to document the struggles of the red coated guardian angels in the mountains of Montana over the past few seasons to give the lay-skier an idea of what goes into the job. The result is “Snow Guardians,” an amazing inside look at the life of a ski patroller. The film vividly captures the stories of individual patrollers, and how their lives and work have become intertwined. Meant as an educational film, the video was crowd-funded and on track to become a gold standard for safety in the backcountry.

Says F9 Films, “The expanded interest in the backcountry has resulted in a growing number of adventurers seeking enjoyment outside a ski resort. The imperfect science of avalanche study and prediction may be the only thing standing in the way of life and death for a growing number of backcountry adventurers. The film will also be a highly educational yet gripping story to help educate people traveling into the backcountry on the science and skills needed to survive.”

Already awarded the Best Education Film and Best Outdoor Documentary at Telluride Film Festival, the documentary is now available for rent for $9.99 on Vimeo. Make some time this fall to check out the newest from F9 Films—it just might be the difference you need this winter. To rent, click here.