When Fortress Mountain closed in 2004, this once vibrant ski resort quickly became a remnant of the past. Two decades later, the farside chair, frontside chair and day lodge remain standing. While the guests have disappeared, the ghosts still remain. Inside these relict structures are stories of ski culture and community. Skiers Mark Abma and Callum Pettit explore the past at Fortress Mountain and ponder the future of this once iconic Alberta destination.
This film was part of
Fall Series 2021 / VIMFF 2022 Tour
and is no longer available for viewing.
This year’s winner of the award for best short film is an unexpectedly beautiful tale of the impending reincarnation of a once iconic Alberta ski hub. As we take in the scene of an abandoned clubhouse through the eyes of two adventurous skiers, the directors do exceptionally well to develop a hopeful and inspirational tone by weaving in the story of Fortress Mountain and cast of quirky characters who have dedicated themselves to returning the resort to its original state. Backed by impressive cinematography, sound design and pacing, the film keeps the audience engaged and guessing throughout as more and more of the spirit of Fortress Mountain is revealed.
The award for Best Short Film goes to The Fortress Ghosts, Directed by Bryan Smith and Cameron Sylvester.
— Ryan Wilkes