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Intrepid Descent
A film by Erik Osterholm and Zander Hartung

Approx. 30 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2008

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Intrepid Descent captures the classic wilderness experience of skiing Tuckerman Ravine, the legendary birthplace of backcountry skiing. Nestled just below the summit of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in New England (and home to some of the most extreme weather on Earth), the Ravine, with its near-vertical slopes of rock, ice and snow, has been home to triumph and tragedy since the early 1920ís. Today, it remains a mecca for skiers and adventurers from all over the world.

Interviews with expert skiers and others are interwoven with rare footage and photos to reveal Tuckerman's rich history, where the classic man-against-nature story has been repeated for generations. To bring home the Tuckerman experience, the filmmakers take us up the daunting climb to the top of the Ravine, and then over the lip, on an exhilarating, heart-stopping descent.

Intrepid Descent pays homage both to the mountain and to the individuals who dare to test themselves on its treacherous slopes.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Stowe Mountain Film Festival


"Suspense and danger so immediate I felt as if I were on the mountain myself."
- George Gage, co-director, Fire on the Mountain and American Outrage

"Entertaining and informative... The film has heart; charming in a way ski-films aren't anymore." - Beth Gage, co-director, Fire on the Mountain and American Outrage

"If you can ski Tuckerman Ravine, you can ski anywhere in the world."
- Rick Moulton, director, Legends of American Skiing

Recommended Reading

Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering by Martin Volken et al.

Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book by Allen O'Bannon & Mike Clelland

Backcountry Skiing Adventures: Maine and New Hampshire by David Goodman

Disc Features

●  Photo Gallery
●  Directors' Notes
●  Biographies
●  A Visit to the New England Ski Museum

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