Shades of Winter
A documentary style action sports feature film embracing the moments BETWEEN filmed in crystal clear 4K.
Between earth and sky, ocean and mountains, old friends and new, between daily challenges and once-in-a-lifetime thrills – follow the Shades of Winter crew on their journey around the globe. Their adventure takes the women from a volcano in Hawaii to daring descents of Alaska’s mythical giants, from sparkling waves to glittering powder – and always towards adrenaline-fuelled highs, lasting memories and true friendship.
After the internationally acclaimed, multiple award-winning freeski films “Shades of Winter” in 2013 and “Pure” in 2014, “Between” is the third full feature production co-produced by RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE and Austrian pro skier / filmmaker Sandra Lahnsteiner.
The star-studded cast features the best of the best in female freeskiing and surfing: Olympic Gold medal-winning alpine ski racer Julia Mancuso participates for the first time, Olympian freeskier Janina Kuzma, Freeride World Tour champion Nadine Wallner, WSL World Champ surfer Carissa Moore, upcoming freeskier Evelina Nilsson and of course producer and big mountain skier Sandra Lahnsteiner. The film Between will also feature a tribute in memory of the late freeskiing star Matilda Rapaport to keep her inspiration alive.
Maybe not the best freeskier in the world but still Surfer’s Hall-of-Famer Carissa Moore fits the profile of one of the most exquisite female extreme athletes – and this is all Shades of Winter cares about. At 18, she became the youngest person – male or female –to win a surfing world title. Only 5 years later she has already won 3 World Surf League Women’s World Tour Champion titles which leave no room for any speculations whether the charming girl from Oahu (Hawaii) is taking her sport seriously and most probably to the next level. To bring Shades of Winter to the beaches of Hawaii for the new feature film BETWEEN was a whole new experience for everyone. It doesn’t matter much whether someone is riding the waves of an ocean or if one is hitting lines in the snow. In the end both of them share the same passion.
„I'm living my dream every day, my office is the ocean and I get to do something that I love every single day so I couldn't ask for anything more. “
Biggest achievements: 3-time WSL Women’s World Tour Champion, youngest (16) champion at a triple crown event, rookie of the year 2010 ASP World Tour (now WSL), first woman to compete in Oahu’s Triple Crown of surfing – an all- male event featuring the world’s top surfers. Raised in Oahu, Hawaii (USA)
None, she’s a pro surfer!
Following her successful introduction in Shades of Winter’s movie PURE, highly talented Evelina Nilsson also stars in the production’s third feature. The 25-year-old professional athlete is highly active in top international freeride events. She took the first place at Engadinsnow by Dakine and Nendaz Freeride and holds place 6 in the overall ranking of the FWT. As a character she is another great personality the Shades of Winter production is so proud to have around. Traveling the world searching for new adventures and always looking for an even better line are desires shared by both the passionate yogi from Sweden and Shades of Winter.
"I am so blessed that skiing has opened up this world to me, where I can progress in every aspect of my being."
Biggest achievement: 3rd place at Freeride World Tour Andorra 2016
The charismatic kiwi was born in New Zealand but since then she’s left her traces all over the globe. Her latest excuse to travel the world over and over again is her desire for winter and her urge to follow her passion of skiing. So she simply follows the snow and has been living in back-to-back winters for 12 years now. Specialized in Freestyle and Backcountry she doesn’t have to care much about where she’s at, because no matter if it’s park or powder it sure is going to be spectacular. Janina Kuzma’s appearance in the latest Shades of Winter production BETWEEN is not her first one. She has worked with the crew before and can be seen in PURE (2014) and in SHADES OF WINTER (2013). But for the production’s third all-female coup she invited Shades of Winter to her home: New Zealand.
“Shades of Winter for me is about charging and pushing myself to be the best skier I can be and the most bad ass skier I can be. I hope it can inspire younger girls trying to get into the sport and show them with a lot of hard work that there can be a career for women in freeskiing.”
Biggest achievement: Winner of the World Cup in Copper Mountain 2014, Olympic competitor in Sotchi (RUS) Raised in ‘all-over-the-world’
Bio factsBiggest achievements: Olympic medals: gold 1, silver 2, bronze 1 / World championship: silver 2, bronze 3 Raised in Squaw Valley (USA)
Ski focus:Obviously races, but also a passionate freeskier
SWE - 1986-2016*
SWE - 1986-2016*
By 30 years of age, Matilda had become one of the greatest freeskiers of all time through both her incredible skill and as a great inspiration to all her companions. A former alpine ski racer, Matilda was a highly-respected, beloved member of the freeride community, ranking in the top tier of the Freeride World Tour for several years. She managed to run the Ski Lodge hotel in Engelberg at the same time as pursuing a PhD – while always performing at the highest level when skiing. Matilda was a crucial member of the Shades of Winter team right from the very start. In Between – her third Shades of Winter feature film – she rides the slopes of her beloved home country Sweden and has an outstanding segment in Alaska.
Shades of Winter means I get to ski and travel with a bunch of awesome women who are as passionate about skiing as I am. Competitive skiing changed my life path a lot, because if I hadn’t done that I wouldn't have gone travelling the world, I wouldn't have met my husband, I wouldn't have met so many good friends – from all over the world.
After finalising filming for Between, Matilda sadly died in an avalanche accident while shooting for another production. The Shades of Winter family grieve for a great skier and a great friend – and to honour her memory we’ve decided to make Matilda’s smile shine once more in our film, to have her inspiration live on.
2011 Winner Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships
2013 Winner Verbier Extreme
2013 Nominated for IF3 Best Female Freeride
Raised in Stockholm (SWE)
27-year-old Nadine Wallner, who’s had her first Shades of Winter appearance in 2014 (PURE), is an absolute elite freeskier. She was raised right in the heart of the Alps in one of the best freeski areas Austria has to offer – the Arlberg. So naturally, she took the path of mountaineering like summer like winter. If the Sport’s student of Innsbruck University is not busy pushing another film project she can be found on the various international stages of freeskiing.
„I think that the mountains and skiing make me open minded and get the real values of life.“
Biggest achievement: 2-time Freeride World Tour Champion Raised in Klösterle at Arlberg (AUT)
Bio factsSandra Lahnsteiner (AUT) Raised in the Salzkammergut, lives in Salzburg (AUT)Studied Sport’s science at University of Salzburg
Ski focus:Big mountain
- Shades of Winter
- nominated for IF3 Best Female Freeride 2013 & 2014
- Line of the Year Award 2015
- Femme Fatale Award 2014
The crew is lead by Shades of Winter’s long-term director of photography Mathias Bergmann and Sandra Lahnsteiner, who also directed the film. They teamed up with German film editor Thomas Kohler known for the documentary “Cerro Torre” (2013) and the German Film Award winner “Wintertochter” in 2012.