Documentary - Completed 2007

Released in the US in December through Sony Pictures Classics, STEEP is an extreme, adrenaline-fuelled feature documentary about adventure, athleticism and the pursuit of perfection. This is the story of ‘big mountain skiing’, and the fearless athletes who have made this extreme sport their own…

    • Year of production
    • 2007
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Director(s)
    • Mark OBENHAUS
    • Writer(s)
    • Mark OBENHAUS
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/FE9B-5E5D-50DF-8662-FAE6-K
    • Producer(s)
    • Jordon KRONICK, Gabrielle TENENBAUM
    • Synopsis
    • Back in the 1970s in the mountains above Chamonix, France, a handful of skiers began to attempt daring ski descents that were so extreme they appeared suicidal. The likes of Anselme Baud and Patrick Vallencant were inspired by the challenge of skiing where no one dared to ski before. Now, two generations later, some of the world’s greatest skiers pursue a sport where the prize is not winning, but simply feeling the exhilaration of pushing oneself to the limit while skiing wild, remote and dramatically picturesque mountains.
      STEEP follows many of the sport’s greatest athletes including Bill Briggs, Stefano De Benedetti, Eric Pehota, Glen Plake, Shane McConkey, Seth Morrison, Chris Davenport, Ingrid Backstrom and Andrew McLean.
      Also featured is the man often described as the greatest big mountain skier of all time, the late Doug Coombs. Tragically, Coombs died in a skiing accident in La Grave, France, in April, 2006, just days after being filmed for STEEP. His rich life and tragic death reveal the essential question at the heart of big mountain skiing: How does a skier weigh the risks versus the rewards of a sport where the possibility of dying is ever-present?
      Jam-packed full of death-defying footage from some of the most beautiful places on earth (Alaska, Wyoming, Canada, France and Iceland), STEEP is certainly not for the faint-hearted…