The Fine Line + 4 Avalanche Training Films (2008)
With the explosion in backcountry popularity this winter, we figured the time was right to revisit our first feature film—’The Fine Line’, from 2008—and release the main film and its additional training films for free on all of our social channels.
The film’s primary message of avalanche safety was inspired by the death of four of our close High School friends in a small, early season avalanche that could have easily been prevented with the proper safety precautions.
We wanted to take a new approach to avalanche awareness, one that would resonate with younger skiers and snowboarders and inspire them to start the lifelong process of learning how to move safely through the mountains. We did this by weaving the message into a hard-hitting, action-packed film that featured some of the top dogs in professional skiing and snowboarding at the time. And we worked with the Canadian Avalanche Foundation and a host of avalanche professionals to ensure that the educational aspect of the film met the industry standard.
Twelve years later, we’re still super proud of the entire project. But watching it again feels like we pulled some dusty old reels out of the attic to revisit a time in our filmmaking careers when we were learning the craft, trying new things and finding our creative voice as a company.
It’s shot on 16mm though. So that’s cool, right?
Either way, the project consists of a primary film and four training films. The primary film did the festival circuit and picked up a few awards along the way. And the training films are still used as a resource for avalanche education today. Of course some of the techniques, gear and snow science standards have been updated in the last 12 years, but the message will never lose its relevance.
Please feel free to send this website link to anyone you know who intends to wander outside the ski hill boundary this winter.
Stay safe, friends. //
PLEASE NOTE: These Training Films are from 2008 and many of the techniques have since been updated, as has the gear. Please cross-reference everything you learn here with the current standards.
Training Film 1 – Understanding Avalanche Bulletins
Training Film 2 – Choosing Terrain
Training Film 3 – Predicting Avalanches
Training Film 4 – Emergency Self Rescue
Original synopsis of Primary Film:
“The greatest snow sports athletes join the world’s leading avalanche professionals to bring you a new movement in avalanche education. “The Fine Line” is a cinematic journey that unites the cutting edge of winter sports with youth education about responsible backcountry usage. Along with massive avalanches, epic riding, year long time-lapses, crazy true stories, cable cam cinematography, and Alaskan heli to heli, educational materials are made clearly visible. This engaging, and inspiring film can save lives.”