Mountain Sports International has been producing the premier big mountain freeride series for 18 years, and for many athletes, the competitions have propelled them into careers in film and photography. One of this fall’s big movie hits is Pretty Faces, a film by series veteran and SheJumps co-founder Lynsey Dyer.
In fact the movie showcases many series veterans. Rachael Burks, one of the main characters in the film, got her start on the Freesking World Tour from 2003-07.
“Comps were my favorite!” the colorful Burks exclaimed. “There’s no way I’d be where I am today if I hadn’t spent years competing on the competitive freeride skiing circuit! I met my best friends, traveled all over the world skiing new places, and picked up sponsorship opportunities. It made all the difference in the world—AND THE AFTER PARTIES were always awesome too! I learned so much from walking through lines with other competitors, catching and missing trains with a ton of ski gear in non-English-speaking countries, and witnessing the best spectator sport on earth. I’m super lucky I got to compete when I did!”
Dyer made the film celebrating women who thrive in the snow. The concept for the film, originated by Dyer, has the objective of giving women and girls, young and old, a source of inspiration through a unique look at what is possible when boundaries are broken, dreams captured and friendships cultivated. In Lynsey’s words “I wanted to give young girls something positive to look up to…I wanted to give them their Blizzard of Ahhs, Ski Movie or High Life, but done in a way that also shows the elegance, grace, community and style that is unique to women in the mountains.”
Tour stops continue to grow and showings can be seen from coast to coast. For more information about the movie, and to see where Pretty Faces will be next, head to www.unicornpicnic.com.