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 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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