‘Days’ explores skiing as life

By Jenn Sheridan · 


Skier James Heim · 

When: Sept. 20 | 7 & 9 p.m.
Where: Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley, Calif.
Admission: $15 | All ages

A project two years in the making, “Days of My Youth” explores the journey of a skier’s self-discovery and the transition from skiing as simply a form of recreation to skiing as a way of life.

The film is a collaboration between Red Bull Media House, the company known for pushing the level of action sports media, and Matchstick Productions, the company that produced such memorable ski films as “There’s Something About McConkey,” “Yearbook,” “Attack of La Nina” and the tribute to the late, great Shane McConkey – “McConkey.”

“We are honored to partner with MSP on this unique project,” says Scott Bradfield, Head of Production at Red Bull Media House in a press release announcing the movie. “The result is a film that truly captures the feeling of being a skier and why people dedicate their lives to it in a way no other movie has done to date.”


The crew during production of “Days of My Youth” ·

Utilizing some of the newest technology in aerial filming, the movie looks to be a feast for the eyes.

The film takes viewers on an adventure around the world from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and the Seward Range in Alaska to Cordillera Blanca in Peru and Svalbard, Norway. Searching to uncover the various definitions of skiing, the film covers a variety of terrain from in-bounds jibbing to remote back-country spines.

A stellar crew of skiers came together to discover each athlete’s personal definition of skiing including U.S. Olympian and freestyle pioneer Bobby Brown to up and coming Idaho native jibber Sandler Hadley. Squaw Valley local Michelle Parker, who is one of the most versatile female skiers in the industry, rounds out the crew along with fellow Squaw shredder Cody Townsend. In addition to building an adventurous ski career including skiing some of the biggest mountains and steepest lines, Townsend also founded Arcade Belts in North Lake Tahoe.


Squaw Valley skier Michelle Parker · 

Drawing from a diverse crew of skiers and locations across the globe, “Days of My Youth” seeks to rekindle that feeling of playfulness and joy when we choose to put our daily stresses aside and chase our passions, if only for a moment.

“This is the first time in over 20 years of making ski films that we’ve had the luxury of taking two full winters to capture the action and really focus on our creative direction,” says executive producer Murray Wais in a press release. “We couldn’t be happier with the support from our sponsors and athletes who made this come to life.”

“Days of My Youth” premieres at the Resort at Squaw Creek on Sept. 20. In addition to athlete appearances and autograph sessions, ticketholder each receive a 2 for 1 lift ticket voucher to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Fans will get a second change to see “Days of My Youth” on Nov. 1 at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.


Tickets are available at Tahoe Dave’s and skimovie.com.