The film aspires to be experiential more than surface, and every detail must be accurate to the aficionado’s eye. If we’re following a boy as he progresses into adulthood through key moments of skill on the slopes, we must be faithful to the reality of each of those stages and decades. Ski technology develops over time, as does the boy’s abilities. This is not to say that the gear is what makes him great; it’s not a spot for ski equipment. The world is about a professional rise, and the storytelling style of choice is as ambitious as it is metaphoric. Going up a mountain is against the laws of gravity, but it represents the reality of an uphill journey. We’ll see the hero athlete (a conglomeration of skiers) with the same trajectory going up as he would be going down. There’s nothing caricature or silly about his form. It’s a very real story told visually through vertical, aerial, and high-octane sports photography.