Throwback Thursday: revisiting skiing through a smoldering forest

For Throwback Thursday we’re taking another look at a fascinating video we first featured on February 12, 2013:


The video photography of the skiers in this video is incredible. I can’t imagine how they manage to stay upright going over cliffs and landing in very deep powder. But the other thing is… they appear to be skiing through a wildland fire, a timber fire, that is still smoldering. I am not totally convinced that everything that looks like a burning snag is actually a burning snag, but it is very interesting, none the less.

Here is the official description of the video:

Skiing through the remains of last summer’s forest fires: Every summer, forest fires burn wildly across the temperate mountain regions of the world. As destructive as they are, they have a purpose and beauty that often goes unappreciated. As winter arrives in the burned forest, so do the skiers. They have come to celebrate new lines opened up by the previous summer’s fires that have now burned themselves out – or have they?

Thanks go out to Mitch

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.