“We are all going to make mistakes. It’s truly learning from them that makes life really sweet,” says skier, climber and parent Roger Strong. On April 6th, 2011, the veteran backcountry skier was skinning up his favorite backcountry run when he triggered an avalanche that swept him and two friends hundreds of feet through steep trees. When the snow settled, he was badly injured, but alive along with his friends. In the months that followed, Strong, confined to a wheelchair, was left to sort through his decision-making. Had he failed as father and a husband? What would he take away from the experience? And if his body would allow, would he still want to ski?

“Sunrise to Sunset” by Amy Stolzenbach
“Oh Canyon” by Fenster from the album Bones Morr Music

A Duct Tape Then Beer production
Directed by Fitz Cahall
Filmed by Bryan Smith, Nasa Koski, Dave Burdick and Austin Siadak
Written by Jen Altschul and Fitz Cahall
Edited by Austin Siadak
Sound and color by Nasa Koski


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