Clips of the Week: To Sochi and Beyond features some of the most gnarly and absurd skiers around to up your stoke for the Winter Olympics! From Ski Ballet in the 1985 Breckenridge Games to all-nude downhill, check out these incredible videos for some deep powder fun.
First up, let’s go back in time. Ever heard of Bandy or Skijoring? Yeah, we haven’t either. Along with those failed Olympic Sports, perhaps the most entertaining is Ski Ballet, seen in this clip from the 1985 Breckenridge Olympics. Next time you are waiting in line for the chairlift, try balancing on your tips and pole-ing into a back-touch somersault. Legit.
Second in line is Nike Ski’s Peaks to the Parks. Check out American freeskier Sammy Carlson tear up everything from the powder of Alaska to the parks at Mammoth. And the cinematography in this thing. Killer.
In Cinedrones Are Awesome, the guys over at Antimedia send these powerful gadgets soaring high over some bad-a skiers as they rip up some massive terrain. Some seriously cool footage coupled with a great soundtrack from indie-rockers Alt-J produces great results.
Last but certainly not least, a clip for the (ah hem) adults. In this section of Patagonia’s Valhalla, which just won Ski Movie of the Year at the Powder Video Awards, some brave souls bare all in a part-hysterical, part-epic nude downhill adventure. Imagine shredding up some waist-deep pow with all of your goods and packages swaying in the breeze. Like we said, hysterical and epic. Disclaimer: Naked Ski Bums EVERYWHERE.