On November 3rd ski and outdoor enthusiasts will be able to see the last of the fourth and final series of the acclaimed short film series A Skier's Journey.
The series represents filmmaker Jordan Manley's efforts to follow the skiing adventures of skiers Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots through Iran and China, before a triumphant journey though their home mountains of British Columbia.
Previous series have charted the teams adventures from Kashmir, to Dubai, Argentina and Iceland, focusing not on the glamour of big-mountain skiing but - in an angle close to our own ski travel ethos - on the human experience and culture of each destination.
As the film bumf says - and you'll see from the trailer below - 'the series continues to portray skiing as the pursuit of a sensation, which includes a community of like- minded individuals and explorations of landscape. No ski porn, no acts of outrageous courage or luck. The characters are not defined as athletes, they are humans on a quest, curious about the world and seeking the simplicity of being borne by snow.'
Completing the final series was particularly poignant for Manley who had to try to recover from a life-threatening brain injury before the project could be restarted.
Manley's injury was not sustained skiing but mountain biking where he suffered a concussion that was made life-threatening by simply knocking his head on a shelf 10 months later. At 29-years old Manley was reduced to being capable of no more than a daily walk for almost a year.
This final line-up of A Skier's Journey includes Iran, China and Crossing Home - the Coast Mountains, BC, the spine of which the team walked, skied and paddled across to complete the series.
Partnering with Arc'teryx, the GORE-TEX® brand and Destination British Columbia, all of the films in the Skier's Journey series can be watched through its website askiersjourney.com, with the final film available from November 3.