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  • 105 mins
  • 30%
  • 12+
  • United Kingdom FlagGBUnited Kingdom
  • 2010
  • Documentaries
  • Foreign
  • Sports

ways2winter is a feature-length documentary following two British seasonnaires in the French resort of Les 2 Alpes through the winter season 09/10. It's not your average snowsports film. Sure, there's plenty of riding but there's also hard work and strong personalities, showing the reality of seasonnaire life. The two subjects – Will & Heather – were chosen for their commitment to the resort, contrasting jobs and talent on the mountain. Will is a 21 year old barman and an ex-pro pipe skier.  His transition from professional to amateur has certainly been helped by his love of 2 Alpes' lengendary party scene and the fact that - how shall we say it - he's a bit of a ladies man. On the other hand, Heather's been in France for 12 years and works on the lifts. She speaks fluent French and loves to telemark. Over the season we watch them work, play and ride. Will's skiing talent starts to re-emerge as he gets his lady-situation under control and Heather's Park practice starts to pay off. The film includes riding sections filmed in 2 Alpes' celebrated Snow Park, the nearby freeride itineraries of Alpe d'Huez, St Christophe and La Grave, as well as the Derby de la Meije, the Sarenne Snow Bike event and the 2 Alpes Derby. But it's not all riding. Video diaries and interviews bare Will and Heather's souls as they overcome personal and work issues, struggling to find a balance between life on and off the mountain. It gets pretty intense at times, and their honesty gives viewers an insight into their feelings and contradictions.