Watch 'The Unrideables: Alaska Range' Film Teaser

Big mountain skiing and human flight converge in new documentary on the hybrid sport of speedriding.
By Scott Hart

Ride along as one of the world’s foremost experts on human flight, Jon DeVore, sets out with a team of elite athletes to evolve the way we look at the mountains in The Unrideables: Alaska Range, the latest production from Red Bull Media House and Freeride Entertainment.

Speedriding action showcased through dramatic POV footage and stunning aerial cinematography merges with narrative to present the first comprehensive story of the sport in this thrilling documentary. Prepare to marvel at awe-inspiring descents that speedriding’s hybrid approach gives to lines that had previously been considered…unrideable.

Speedriding opens up a fourth dimension . . . we have a whole new perspective to playing on the mountain’s features

Growing up in Alaska, Jon DeVore would stare at the mountains dreaming of what it would take to ski every single peak. “Speedriding opens up a fourth dimension allowing us to approach the mountain from a totally different perspective,” said DeVore. “Not only are many obstacles such as major ice falls now obsolete, but we have a whole new perspective to playing on the mountain’s features. In The Unrideables: Alaska Range, we hope to introduce speedriding to people who love pushing what’s possible in the mountains as much as we do.”

The Unrideables: Alaska Range includes storyline driven action footage as well as pays homage to the sport’s history and French pioneers. This offers viewers the first comprehensive look at the past, present and future of this unique, hybrid sport.

Barely a decade old, speedriding is a high-speed, high-stakes, mountain sport fusing elements of skiing and flight. Speedriders make turns throughout the line, taking to the air to navigate features such as massive cliffs, icefalls, major crevasses and other glacial features before returning to the snow to complete a previously unrideable line.

To speedride major, high-consequence lines like the ones we ride in Alaska, both skiing and handling a parachute needs to be nearly instinctual

Joining DeVore, captain of the Red Bull Air Force and Hollywood stuntman, on the mission to the Alaska Range are Andy Farrington and Filippo “Ippo” Fabbi. Both Farrington and Fabbi have the unique combination of unparalleled flying experience and decades spent skiing major lines. “To speedride major, high-consequence lines like the ones we ride in Alaska, both skiing and handling a parachute needs to be nearly instinctual, driven by muscle memory. Andy and Ippo are hands-down some of the best speedriders in the world,” added DeVore.

The world premiere of The Unrideables: Alaska Range takes place on Wednesday, January 21 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Be sure to catch the film on the big screen in Denver the following week as screenings start in select markets around the world before the full-length documentary will be available for sale February 2015.

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Visit the official film page of The Unrideables: Alaska Range for more information, videos, interviews, as well as details on screenings near you and much more.

 

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