Video: What if it snowed dirt?

UnReal Dirt Blizzard segment and the making of

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Riders play across a magical landscape. Photo by Sterling Lorence

Riders play across a magical landscape (click to enlarge). Photo by Sterling Lorence

Imagine the ultimate skier’s dream—a powder day—in mountain biking terms. Dirt falls from the sky like powder snow, while ecstatic riders play across a magical landscape.

Dirt falls from the sky like powder snow. Photo by Harookz

Dirt falls from the sky like powder snow (click to enlarge). Photo by Harookz

Teton Gravity Research and Anthill Films reimagine the ultimate skier’s dream—a powder day—in mountain biking terms. Dirt falls from the sky like powder snow, while ecstatic riders play across a magical landscape. For riders Thomas Vanderham, Matty Miles, Ian Morrison, and Finn Iles, the Dirt Blizzard was something that they once could only dream about… until now. The filming of Dirt Blizzard can be described as a true climax in the history of action-sports cinematography. UnReal is being called the ultimate conjunction of athletic prowess and jaw-dropping cinematography, and no segment of the film highlights this better than “Dirt Blizzard”, a visual feast at the film’s end.

The trails of the Whistler Bike Park have seen their fair share of screen time over the years, from segments in our past films to your next-door-neighbour’s POV edit. So, when it came time to filming the bike park segment for unReal, we knew we had to do something different. Many people have asked us how we made this segment: Was the dirt real? Did we use a green screen? Does this actually happen in Whistler? Well, in the final episode of Mind the Gap, we reveal how the Dirt Blizzard segment came to life.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • TJ Burmesch says:

    My 18 month old watches this Unreal video religiously! He takes this over Elmo/Sesame street any day/any time. I am so proud! Great video…from an adult point of view too! haha.

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