Up On Bare Mountain

by Staff SOURCE Nowness | JA
Photo Credit: Jim Mangan

You can look at snow as a burden or a joy. A survey at Handsup™ found that 72% of Americans across all 50 states said there was actually joy and enlightenment in snowfall and winter activity.

Nothing says happy people more than Jim Mangan’s short film Winter’s Children along with other artists like Peter Sutherland and a cast of young snowboarding competitors leaving it all on the mountain – laughter, stunning visuals and, well… their clothes. Enjoy the Winter Wonderland.

Seven snowboarders go streaking down a backcountry run in professional rider-turned-director Jim Mangan’s exhilarating short film Winter’s Children. “It is an overstatement of why I started snowboarding,” says the filmmaker, who for more than a decade designed runs at Park City Mountain in Utah where he served as creative head. “It’s also a statement about points in life when you put yourself out in the cold, naked. It’s not necessarily comfortable, but that chill in your bones makes you feel alive.” Mangan can relate: He recently cast off his business suit to pursue art full time—a move that spurred the production of the film, which accompanies a book of photographs (published by Powerhouse.) “Everybody who was there had a genuine intention going in, a pure love of the sport,” he says. The intrepid group included Mangan’s friend and fellow artist Peter Sutherland, as well as up-and-coming competitors Laura Hadar and Alex Andrews. He admits it took some persuading to get his cast to pair their vintage 1980s Burton snowboards with Native American blankets—and nothing else. “I brought everybody up to my place in Park City and presented the idea. They looked at me like I was crazy. Then Lara Hadar stood up and said, ‘I will totally do this.’” Cue snowball effect.

To find out which ski runs top Mangan's list, click here.

jim mangan winter's children

jim mangan winter's children