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Video: ‘The Kook’ Tackles Skiing Beyond Snow

It's rare that we see a completely novel, thought-provoking piece of media in the ski world. In fact, most ski films are the opposite of thought-provoking, unless you count "Damn, that was a big cliff" as an insightful thought. The closest many flicks get to "deep" is an ironic or unintentionally-ironic nature shot paired with a voiceover quote about the "call of the mountains" or the "importance of protecting our environment" or "how humbling it is to be so small in such a huge landscape." And that's fine, but hard to call original.

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The Kook, which follows a (fictional) former professional skier who can't let go of his dreams, is different. It's not going to beat you over the head with traditionally rad skiing, and the main character isn't exactly relatable. However, it does bring up some interesting questions not normally covered in professional snowsports: How do we deal with failure and rejection? What can we do when our dreams are revealed as entirely out of reach? Move on, or dig our heels in and keep pushing?

Maybe we're reading too much into what is an undeniably comic piece, but maybe not. We know one thing for sure, though: That dude can shred some grass. 

Amusing.  I liked the ending :)

Such an exploitative and ignorant storyline. Very impressive urban skiing, but I don’t see any reason why they had to incorporate Native Americans or people experiencing homelessness to support their plot…

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Throwback: Remembering Candide’s Game-Changing Chad’s Gap Session
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In 2020, Candide Thovex is still one of the biggest names in skiing, despite the fact that he's released just a handful of videos in the past five years. The man is a living legend, so well-established in the ski world that a mere Instagram post is enough to warrant headlines across the industry. RELATED: Stay Stoked- Your Guide to TGR's Best Content Back in the early days of Chad's Gap, when namesake Chad Zurinskas was first pioneering the massive feature, Candide was little more than a

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Escape To The Icy Steeps of Chamonix With Sam Favret’s Waking Dream
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It’s not new that skiers and snowboarders have been riding the edge in Chamonix for many years, but a few years ago, a film emerged that truly showcased that edge in all its raw, rugged, extreme beauty. Sam Favret and Julien “Pica” Herry’s 2017 masterpiece brought us right into the heart of steep riding in one of the gnarliest places on the planet, into a sort of dream state where things we never thought possible do in fact occur. RELATED: Watch More Full Length Ski and Snowboard Films Right

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Cody Townsend Spills the Beans on Live Q&A
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Last January, Cody Townsend announced an audacious goal to climb and ski all the lines in . 28 episodes later, has gained a cult following with fans eagerly awaiting each episode. It's like for the outdoor industry, but with fewer fights and more skiing.  RELATED: The Fifty - Cody Townsend Shows Off His Absolutely Kitted Out Ford Ranger Now basically at the halfway mark, it seems like a fitting time for Townsend to reflect on the adventures thus far. Join him and Ryan Dunfee—the beloved