Skier Moms Take Center Stage in Arc’teryx Film ‘Motherload’

Tackling the subjects of loss, family, and motherhood while producing a film in the midst of a pandemic was no easy task. Nevertheless, these mothers pressed on.

Being a mom is a full-time job. So is being a professional skier. Lizzy Lynch shows us how those worlds collide in the new film “Motherload” (oh, and she’s a filmmaker too).

The short film follows professional skiers and mothers Tessa Treadway and Izzy Lynch as they carry the emotional load of loss, love, and life changes — not to mention the physical load of skis and gear — into the mountains.

“It is often said that the hardest part of any adventure is getting out the door,” the film’s description reads. “Planning and packing are tedious and time consuming. But the moment you cross over to the freedom of the hills, everything seems to just fall into place. (Said no mother ever.)”

There are images of weary early mornings, tedious long days on the slope, and moms who don’t slow down. The film has the overarching message: no matter what struggles we have, we will adapt.

The “Motherload” world premiere will take place during the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Snowsport Show (November 20-29, 2020). The show is not only a virtual showcase of the latest snowsports films, but it also serves as a fundraiser for Protect Our Winters Canada. The film is out now on YouTube.

“Motherload” is presented by Arc’teryx.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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