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Sam & Me – Lessons from a Life on Snow

World Premiere
31 mins |
Canada |
  • Canadian
  • Environment
  • Snowsports
Mike Douglas
LANGUAGE(S): English


Sam Tierney was in a dark place. At 13 years old, his anxiety about climate change was so bad that he was having trouble sleeping at night. In an attempt to ease his stress, Sam wrote to Mike Douglas, pro skier and climate advocate, asking for his advice. Seeing some of his own young self in Sam, Mike suggested a weekly ski meet-up to talk about climate change, skiing and life.

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This film was part of Fall Series 2021 and is no longer available for viewing.



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Mike Douglas

Known as the ‘Godfather Of Freeskiing’, Mike Douglas is consistently listed by media outlets as one of the most influential skiers of all time. In 2004, Mike founded Switchback Entertainment – a video production company specializing in outdoor adventure films and commercials. He launched the groundbreaking web series, Salomon TV and has produced/directed more than a dozen award-winning films including The Freedom Chair, Tempting Fear, Eclipse, Snowman, Guilt Trip and Fountain Of Youth. Today, he splits his time between dad-life, skiing professionally, filmmaking, and environmental advocacy work. He is currently the Board Chair for Protect Our Winters Canada – an environmental group focused on fighting climate change.


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