I love August, and not just because I'm a Leo. August is the season of snow-movie trailers as the big-budget ski and snowboard film folks start pedalling their goods, coming soon to cinemas near you (if you live north of the equator).
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I've had a lot of time to trawl YouTube of late while flat on my back this week. Oh yes, I can hear the comments now, but my back injury is legitimate, though I am ashamed to say it was not sustained while hucking cliffs into knee-deep powder. It is a full-blown shopping injury, sustained while reaching for some rather lush jeans I could not fit into, or afford, in a change room the size of a match box. Enough said.
The good news is I have been given the all-clear to ski today, my first day of the season. The bad news is you need galoshes not ski boots in the Australian ski fields today. Mother Nature giveth and Mother Nature taketh away. Powder can still be dreamt about, however, and what better way to salivate over what you can't have than eyeballing the snow goods that others have scored before you.
So grab a hot chocolate from the staff canteen, put your out-of-office email auto-reply on and settle in for a smoko break of drooling proportions as Snow It All brings you a selection of the best trailers for the snow world's new release films.
Salomon Freeski Season 5.
Mike Douglas is 'da man'. The godfather of freeskiing as we know it has proven his talents in the editing suite are just as good as his talents on the twin tips he is credited with creating. Salomon Freeski brings webisodes of snow fun throughout the northern season to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and Twitter and this time they are back for season five.
Sweetgrass productions launch Solitaire: a backcountry skiing, snowboarding and telemark film on September 15. The stunning footage focuses on South America with some impressive pro skier names and screening in honour of the late and great Arne Backstrom.
Art of Flight: the metal trailer. Snowboarders beware, you may need to be picked up off the floor after this one.
Just in case you didn't know that North America received record snowfalls last northern season the guys from Matchstick Productions have caught it all on film and thrown in some fearless athletes to prove it in Attack of La Nina.
Poorboyz productions' The Grand Bizarre features Simon Dumont skiing the world's first 'cube pipe' and Bobby Brown laying down tricks that only computer generated athletes could do, until now.
What are your favourite snowboard and ski films and why? What do you think makes a good film? Do trailers get you pumped to go skiing or snowboarding? Share your thoughts and post a comment on the blog below.
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