Winding over 400 miles through the steep mountain ranges of Interior BC before it cascades into the states, the Columbia River has for centuries played an integral part in the economy and culture of British Columbia. The original Trans-Canada Highway for many early explorers, trappers, and loggers, the mighty Columbia transformed Canada's westernmost province into what it has become today.
Fed by tributaries originating high in the Purcell, Monashee, and Selkirk Mountain Ranges, the Columbia River Basin also plays home to some of the steepest and deepest terrain in North America, making it the perfect place for Dane Tudor and Christina Lustenberger to film some pretty rad skiing in Sherpas Cinema's latest project Children of the Columbia: A Skier's Odyssey.
Hailing from Rossland and Invermere, British Columbia respectively, Tudor and Lustenberger grew up in the heart of the Columbia River basin. But with professional skiing careers whisking them off to mountains far and wide, the duo decided to return home and do a little adventuring in their own backyards and maybe learn a little something along the way.
On top of jaw dropping footage of Tudor and Lustenberger destroying BC pillow lines, Children of the Columbia also features clips from over 50 historical films about the Columbia River dating back to as early as 1920. Swapping bass-heavy beats for 1970's educational programming narration, Children of the Columbia expertly combines the rich history of the Columbia with the breathtakingly stunning visuals we've come to expect from the Sherpas crew.
To call Children of the Columbia simply a ski movie would be a lazy understatement to the power of the film. It is an exploration of one of North America's most influential waterways, and how it helped transform Interior BC into one of the world's greatest recreational wonderlands. That said, after watching the closing segments of Tudor and Lustenberger shredding endless lines of seemingly bottomless pow, you'll probably want to quit your job, pack the car, and head north for a little Columbia expedition of your own.