I can honestly say that I have never watched a ski flick that has let me down. From "Aspen Extreme" to "Ski School", "Degenerates" to "Blizzard of Ahhs"... Whether it's newschool films by Level 1 and PBP, to the early classics from WME, ski movies have become a household past-time for my family.
And while I pretty much always get something satisfying from each and every one I watch with my family, never before have I been as totally engulfed as I just was.
MSP, you really did it this time! "The Way I see it" didn't have any dope rail segments, It wasn't filled with banger trick after banger trick (even though it had a shit load of them), and while many of the lines were huge no fall lines, I have seen what appeared to be bigger lines in other moves (could be because of how smooth they were skied, who knows, I'm just an old gaper).
But what this movie did have is the total essence of why I ski! It was totally fun, touching, and passionate all the way through. Much like "Refresh" brought together two worlds that never should have divided, "The Way I See It" focused my attention on how much of an escape skiing is. Whether it is an escape from responsibility, a job, school, depression, stress, whatever, sliding down snow makes everything righteous.
With that said...
My 6 year old son and I just spent the last 40 minutes skiing down the stairs in my house (much like kids sword fight after seeing "Starwars", or jump over a couch with a football to land on the cushions after the superbowl. I don't think it was any better or worse then any other movie this year, but it made me feel like I was a kid again, and that to me was worth writing about.