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A Welcome Departure From Typical Ski Films: ‘Mountain in My Mind’ Is a Series on Mental Health in Skiing

'Mountain in my Mind' is back again with its second film in its mental health ski film series.

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High-stoke, fast-paced, crazy steep, big mountain lines. Heli skiing. Massive backflips. Crazy couloirs. Typical ski films are pretty predictable. “Mountain in My Mind” is out to change that. The project’s first production premiered in September 2022.

One year later, the team is back at it again with its follow-up film, “Mountain in My Mind 2.0: Tragedy Into Triumph.” Skier, filmmaker, and producer John Padilla leads the project, with support from LINE Skis, Flylow Gear, Phunkshun, and more.

“What does mental health have to do with big sends?” one critic wrote on Instagram. A valid question. The film project team’s response? “More than you think.”

“Ski towns lie in a geographical region known as the Suicide Belt,” the film provides a slew of ticker tape of statistics. “The suicide rate there is nearly triple the national average. Someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., ages 10-34…. In the Rocky Mountain region, suicide is number 1.”

“Mountain in My Mind” is a gripping story, a heartfelt conversation, and an impactful take on what it means to be a skier, a ski industry worker, a pro athlete, or any person, for that matter — suffering from mental illness.

‘Mountain in My Mind 2.0’ on Tour Now

pastel color artwork of a geometric face with skiers and mountains intertwined
Artwork for the Mountain in My Mind film; (courtesy of Mountain in My Mind)

Following the format of its first successful film tour (15 screenings in 15 cities), the film launches this fall as part of the 2023 Suicide Prevention Ski Film Tour. And, 100% of proceeds from the film benefit mental health and suicide prevention initiatives. The remaining 2023 tour dates include:

  • October 6: Leavenworth, WA
  • October 7: Steamboat Springs, CO
  • October 8: Denver, CO
  • October 14: Seattle, WA
  • October 20: Burlington, VT
  • October 21: Bend, OR
  • and more

Future tour dates are TBD but planned for Tahoe, Calif.; Boise, Idaho; Orange, Calif.; and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The film will premiere in full online on October 23, 2023 (for free). However, the live premieres are a bit more fun with music, giveaways, swag, and more — if there’s a show near you, we highly recommend snagging tickets now.

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