On Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, the Tuschinski Theatre hosted the Freeride Film Festival. The annual event is organized by wePowder. The best ski and snowboard films were shown in multiple rooms throughout the evening. This year’s edition featured our film of the Silk Road Freeride competition. This film, called “Silk Ride”, centres on the first freeride competition in Central Asia. This took place in the village of Jyrgalan, Kyrgyzstan.
Central Asia has excellent terrain for freeriding. Especially in the east, against the border of China, precipitation is enormous. The foothills of the Himalayas provide a unique geological setting. The west side has a dry continental climate where the lakes, Issyk Kul and Kapchagai, provide a microclimate with significantly more snowfall. The region fell into oblivion after the fall of the Soviet Union. Fortunately, there we can have competitions like this one, improving the prominence of Central Asia.
Right after the competition, the corona epidemic overtook us. Then the Freeride Film Fest in Amsterdam was cancelled twice. We are therefore enormously pleased that the film “Silk Ride” is now premiering. For more information, check the Freeride Film Festival website.