I’m a skier, and I know I like to ski powder. I know trees look better when they are covered with snow. I know that when flakes fall from the sky in October—like they did this morning in Jackson Hole—everything is right in the world. I know that I love my skis and am learning to live with pain from my boots. I know I should be doing lunges while watching the World Series this week. I also know I’ll probably drink beer instead and yell out in orgasmic delight when deGrom paints the corner with a 98-mph heater.
I also know after watching “A Skier Knows,” the first in a series from Whiteout Productions, starring Henrik Windstedt and Matilda Rapaport, I can’t ski what they can ski. In this episode, the skiers are up in Alaska examining the fear, environment, and snow that must be managed in order to ski such big mountains. It is shot beautifully and reminds us that skiing in Alaska is as real as it gets.