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THE CHARACTERS BEHIND THE LINES

This autumn, Black Diamond introduces a new online film series dedicated to sharing stories from the soul of climbing and backcountry skiing. Kicking off with three winter episodes, the first season of BDTV goes beyond perfect powder turns and big mountain faces to profile the ski mountaineers, avalanche forecasters and hometown heroes for whom skiing is more than a passion: it's a way of life.

From little-known peaks in central Sweden to the iconic cablecar of La Grave, France, BDTV travels the world to find these characters and document the joys, fears, decisions and sacrifices that go into living the life of a committed backcountry skier. Featuring award-winning cinematography, each film is accompanied by images from photographer Mattias Fredriksson. “Most times when it comes to skiing and other action sports, the action generally takes over,” Fredriksson says, “but with BDTV, the story is first.”

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to never miss an episode, check back here for the in-depth photos, articles and behind-the-scenes footage and join us at a ski shop near you for the BDTV Film Tour (see below).

Photography: Mattias Fredriksson
Videography: Spindle

THE EPISODES:
SEASON 1


Filmed in the mountains of Sweden, Utah and the French Alps, Season One of BDTV focuses on three stories of quiet heroes who live and breathe for skiing. For each of them, winter is about more than blower powder or ripping big faces. It’s about lifelong goals, alpine starts, family traditions and building a life around their unending love for the simple act of sliding on snow.

ONE SEVEN EIGHT:
FORGING A BALANCE


Coming September 27, 2015
A year after opening an outdoor shop in central Sweden, ski mountaineer Henrik Westling had felt like the walls were closing in. But how do you create a life that balances work, family and your passion for the mountains? In the first episode of BDTV, we travel to Jämtland, Sweden, where Westling recently became the first person to climb and ski every one of the region's 178 summits. In doing so, he did more than accomplish a goal: he found a way of living that will inspire you to rethink how you create balance in your life.

THE FORECASTER:
A MESSAGE FROM THE BACKCOUNTRY


Coming October 18, 2015
We think of the backcountry as a place of unlimited freedom. But as more and more skiers seek that freedom out, their decisions are having consequences few have truly considered. Reading the snow is both an art and a science, but as the promise of deep powder draws more backcountry skiers to Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, avalanche forecaster Drew Hardesty is sharing more than a snow report. He’s speaking out, sharing a message that will change the way you think about skiing in the backcountry this winter.

A SIMPLE MACHINE:
THE LIFE OR DEATH OF THE LA GRAVE CABLECAR


Coming November 8, 2015
The La Grave cablecar is an icon of big-mountain freeskiing, a unique lift that accesses some of the most classic unmarked and unpatrolled steep-skiing descents in the Alps. As La Grave faces historic challenges—its main road closed by rockfall and the continued operation of the cablecar in doubt—we take an insider's view of “Le Telepherique” and what’s at stake in the uncertain future of this backcountry mecca.
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THE BDTV FILM TOUR


Join us for free beer, food and the premiere of the first season of BDTV. At each stop of the BDTV Film Tour, presented by GORE-TEX® Products, we'll screen the first three episodes of BDTV, host a slideshow by a Black Diamond athlete and hold a raffle for Black Diamond gear and apparel.

TOUR DATES


NORTH AMERICA
October 14, 2015, 7 p.m.   Bentgate Mountaineering: Golden, CO
October 15, 2015, 7 p.m.   Black Diamond Store: Salt Lake City, UT
October 21, 2015, 7 p.m.   AllSpeed: Portland, ME
October 22, 2015, 7 p.m.   Outdoor Gear Exchange: Burlington, VT
October 27, 2015, 7 p.m.   Feathered Friends: Seattle, WA
October 29, 2015, 7 p.m.   EVO: Portland, OR
November 4, 2015, 7 p.m.  Le Yeti: Montreal, Quebec, CA
November 7, 2015, 7 p.m.  Escape Route: Whistler, British Columbia, CA

EUROPE
24 September 2015, 7.30 p.m.  Bächli Basel (CH)
3 October 2015, 7 p.m.  SportlerBruneck (IT)
8 October 2015, 7 p.m.  Naturkompaniet Östersund (SE)
22 October 2015, 7 p.m.  Alpint Stockholm (SE)
28 October 2015, 7 p.m.  SAS Approach Briancon (FR)
29 October 2015, 7 p.m.  SAS Approach Gap (FR)