Steep follows the exciting history of extreme skiing – from its roots in the 1960s and 70s in North America and Europe to the present day. From Bill Briggs’ famous and revolutionary first decent of the Grand Teton to the harrowing footage of early big mountain pioneers in Chamonix, to the life and fate of envelope-pusher Doug Coombs – the film captures the passion that fuels these athletes as well as the supreme beauty and thrill that surrounds the sport.
Shot in high definition and on film at a stunning ensemble of locations including Alaska, France, Canada, Iceland and North America, Steep is a feast for the eyes and a provocateur for the psyche as it explores the topic of risk vs. adventure in this ever-evolving pursuit.
Written and directed by Mark Obenhaus, Steep includes interviews and footage of well- known ski personalities including Bill Briggs, Doug Coombs and Glen Plake. Also featured are notables Shane McConkey, Seth Morrison, Andrew McClean, Eric Pehota, Ingrid Backstrom, Stefano De Benedetti, Anselme Baud, Chris Davenport and Emily Coombs.
The film, rated PG, 92 min., screens Sunday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. at the Michael D. Palm Theatre. Sunday at the Palm is presented by The Telluride Film Festival, The Telluride Foundation and Telluride R1 School District.