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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

Big mountain skiing

In 1920s Germany there emerged a genre called “mountain films.” They were fictional mountain-climbing adventure stories that strained the limits of cinematic technology and the endurance of actors as they ventured to places where movies had never gone, in the snowy wilderness on the roof of the world. Many scenes from the documentary Steep rekindle the cobalt blue aura of those old German films. Steep concerns the origin and growth of big mountain skiing (or “extreme skiing” to use the current cliché), a sport that involves climbing beyond the well-manicured hills of the ski resorts and onto the craggier summits.