“Return to” is the second film in the “Schralptown” series. Co-creators Ellis Smith and Jesse Levine crafted this film in an effort to capture the emotion, struggle, and elation of backcountry skiing and splitboarding while focusing on avalanche awareness, environmental stewardship, and innovation in the sport.
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Jesse Levine explains, “We made this movie to point out our modern culture’s alienation from nature and show that skiing can help reawaken our sense of connection to the land.” “Return to” illustrates the connection man has with nature when he is taken from the hustle of everyday life and placed in the backcountry.
Focusing on all aspects of the ascent and decent, “Return to Schralptown” is more than just another film with line after line, jump after jump scenes. Featuring clips from Crested Butte, British Columbia, and spring decents along the Front Range of Colorado, this film shows the joy, the sweat, the love, and dedication involved in creating something like “Return to”. Dolores Lachepelle once said, “Powder snow cannot merely be considered a metaphor for living, but rather, skiing powder shows us how to live.”