Shades of Winter
A new all-women ski film called "Shades of Winter" will debut in September at the International Freeski Film Festival in Montreal. Here's a gallery of behind-the-scenes images, including this one of skier Eva Patscheider at the Nine Queens contest.
Austrian skier Sandra Lahnsteiner, who has been putting out all-female films for years, is the mastermind behind "Shades of Winter." "It's not that I feel like, 'We must do all female movies because we are not featured enough,'" Lahnsteiner says. "I haven't thought like that. I just really love to ski with girls."
"Shades of Winter" was filmed all over Europe, Japan and Alaska. Austria's Lorraine Huber filmed for the movie in Haines, Alaska.
Grete Eliassen appears in the film in a segment shot at the Nine Queens big air contest last spring in Austria.
German freeskier Lisa Zimmermann at the Nine Queens contest.
Rachael Burks in Japan filming for "Shades of Winter." "I contacted Rachael and Caja [Schoepf] about going to Japan," says filmmaker and skier Sandra Lahnsteiner, "and I got an email back from Rachael that just said, 'YES!'"
Before "Shades of Winter," Sandra Lahnsteiner put out "As We Are" in 2010, another all-women ski film, and "Shukran Morocco" in 2012.
Maude Raymond, Silvia Bertagna and Katie Summerhayes at Nine Queens.
Sandra Lahnsteiner, Lorraine Huber and Matilda Rapaport shot in Haines, Alaska, for the film. While they were there, they met photographer Patrick Orton, who filled an empty seat in their helicopter. Tragically, Orton passed away in Sandpoint, Idaho, in July.
Sandra Lahnsteiner skiing powdery pillows in Niseko, Japan.
Sandra Lahnsteiner says skiing in Haines was the highlight of her winter. "You face all the consequences -- you're super exposed on serious mountain lines -- and then you just try to put yourself together and say, 'This is what I've been dreaming about,' and go."