Watch: A Skier's Journey, Iceland
The third, and sadly, the final installment of Jordan Manley's series, A Skier's Journey, was released this week, taking the crew to Iceland. As we've come to expect, the filmography is beautiful, capturing both the remoteness and isolation of the place while also tying together a rich history that makes the skiers anything but alone. According to Manley:
In Iceland's rough and remote Westfjords region, Chad Sayers, Forrest Coots, and Chad Manley step back in time to revisit a way of life that lasted 1000 years. With the guidance of local friends Siggi Jonsson and Runar Karlsson, they traverse the storied landscape via sailboat, kayak, and ski, exploring what it would have been like to survive there for so many generations. Each ski run begins and ends with seaweed underfoot, while waterfalls, lichen-clad couloirs, and stories of humans past make up the in-between.
And from featured skier Forrest Coots, in ESPN:
It's 2 a.m. and the sun has just set below the Arctic horizon. We're in the Westfjords, the roughest, most remote part of Iceland. I'm groggy and jet lagged. Iceland is void of darkness in the spring and we are sleeping in an abandoned farmhouse that feels like a haunted house. While I lay in my sleeping bag, I can't help but think of the family that called this place home -- generations of people struggling to chip out a life in this harsh land. After only one day here, Iceland's wilderness has chewed me up and spit me out. I'm exhausted from paddling sea kayaks around the fjords. In this land of the Vikings, soft Californians need not apply.