Synopsis: Steep traces the legacy of extreme skiing from its early pioneers to the daredevils of today.
Director(s): Mark Obenhaus
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

John Muir said it really beautifully.

He said, ""Go to the mountains

and get their good tidings. ""

What he meant is

that there is so much out there

that you can receive from that environment.

We receive these amazing feelings

when we're up there

and we feel so strong and

sometimes you do bring those things back.

And it's special.

It's like you've been blessed.

I'm not sure what that is right there.

Ice or rock or something. Yeah.

Nice though. I like the deep of it.

I'm sure the snow will be good in there.


It's got a nice start.

The snow looks perfect at the top.

You know, not too steep.

Get a little few warm-up turns

before we drop into this thing.

I didn't choose my life in the mountains.

It just happened.

I tried to become a normal person

and have a normal job, but that didn't work.

As soon as I got out of jail, I went skiing.

As soon as I got out of broken legs,

I went skiing.

That's where I had to go

to make it all right again.

The rest of the world is total chaos.

We're mountain people. This is what we do.

This is how we live.

The risks are very high.

But I think most of us have decided

that the risk is worth it.

For me, as soon as the winter stops,

I get a week off.

I'll start dreaming about skiing.

This concept of just strapping

these boards on your feet.

You know, if you actually sit down and think

about it, it"s like, ""What a concept. ""

You know, that's great.

A couple of 2" x 4"s on your feet,

sliding down the mountain.

You know, how much fun is that?

The idea is simple.

Ski where no one thought to ski before.

Ski the backcountry, away from the resorts

and the rules and restraints

that go with them.

Ski where the sport of skiing

can still be an adventure.

A simple idea, but 35 years ago,

only a handful of people saw

big, wild mountains as a place to ski.

One of the first who did was Bill Briggs.

Skis are appropriate on mountain sides

and all kinds of mountainsides.

In June 1971, Briggs,

a skier and mountain guide

from Jackson Hole, Wyoming,

became the first person to ski

from the summit of one of

America's greatest peaks, the Grand Teton.

The idea wasn't, for me,

that I would be the only one

that would ever do this.

My idea was everybody

should be doing this.

At the time nobody was,

but this is something...

It's too much fun to pass up.

The Grand Teton,

it really is an iconic mountain.

You drive into Jackson Hole

and the first thing you see is

that gigantic, jagged thing

looming up there,

and it looks like it would be

tough to climb, let alone ski.

And in 1971, the concept of skiing

those kind of mountains

was very far from even

most skiers' point of view.

There's nobody out there with signs.

There's no ropes. There's no signs.

There's no patrolmen.

There's nobody, like,

taking care of you on the slopes.

It's not a ski area. You"re on your own.

You know,

you have to make decisions on your own.

Bill Briggs skiing the Grand Teton

was so far ahead of its time.

No one had even come across the idea that,

"Oh, hey, let's go ski that big rock

"with a little bit of snow on it

and call it a ski run."

What Bill Briggs did

was open people"s minds.

People in Jackson told Bill

skiing the Grand was impossible.

There were avalanches and falling rock.

Sections were too steep.

He would have to ski along cliffs

that dropped off for thousands of feet.

The smallest misstep could be fatal.

And Briggs was climbing and skiing

on a surgically fused right hip

that caused him to limp when he walked.

If there's no risk, there's no adventure.

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