A Criminal Ski Short: Sweet Protection Airs First Film of Season

Sweet Protection’s first ski short of the year is here.

“A movie filled with bank robberies, pillow lines, and everything in-between.” Intrigued? So were we. This wacky, 12-minute ski short features Jake Hopfinger and Parkin Costain as they ski some massive lines. But the short doesn’t just cut to the mountain. Nope; first, Hopfinger and Costain’s characters rob a bank to fund their adventures.

There’s a bit of a Bonnie-and-Clyde vibe as the duo dash off with hands of cash, and then, of course, spend it on ski gear. (Note: stealing isn’t cool. But shredding like these dudes is.)

“We knew we wanted to make something that wasn’t just action ski porn, and was able to integrate a story into a ski film without beating it over people’s heads,” wrote director Caleb Chicoine. “Something that would bring a fresh tone to ski industry media,” added Hopfinger.

Hopfinger is all about going big — big mountain skiing, big goals. He recently competed in the infamous Kings and Queens of Corbet’s in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. And his fast-paced, high-flying skills in this film are no exception.

Check out Sweet Protection’s page for the gear used in this film.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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