The Thin Line: Downhill Ski Racing Documentary on RushHD


If you’ve ever been to a World Cup or Olympic downhill race, you understand first-hand how extremely dangerous competitive downhill racing is. These guys and gals are hauling down the steepest slopes arcing turns at 80 mph and winning or losing by a fraction of a second. They are riding a thin line between being on the top of their game and being hauled off in a stretcher.

Picabo Street in “The Thin Line: Life on the Edge” on RushHD

The legends like Kjetil André Aamodt, Franz Klammer, Lasse Kjuss, Hermann Maier, Phil Mahre, Daron Rahlves, Bode Miller and Picabo Street make it look easy to the common man, but believe me… downhill racing is as far from “easy” as it gets. These guys train methodically for years, hurl themselves down 50-degree slopes at over 90 mph year round. They are committed and they have to be… or else, they don’t walk off the mountain.

“When you click into your downhill skis, and you hear those bindings go ‘click, click’, it’s on, until you unclick again, because people die racing downhill.”
~ Picabo Street

“The Thin Line: Life on the Edge” is an all-new documentary that includes interviews from the greatest downhill skiers of our time and footage that will blow your mind. Premiering on Rush HD, Saturday, December 15 at 10:30 PM Eastern, this documentary is a must-see for any skier. If you’ve got DishNetwork, you’re stoked… if you don’t, find someone who does and watch it.

Bode Miller in “The Thin Line: Life on the Edge” on RushHD

Sneak Peak of The Thin Line

I got a chance to see a pre-screening of “The Thin Line: Life on the Edge” and I can tell you it will be well worth your time. I’ve been to an Olympic downhill race and have watched numerous World Cup and Olympic dowhnill races over the years. I’ve got a huge amount of respect for these athletes. This documentary provides an awesome look into their minds and the most challenging courses in the world. Mark your calendars and schedule your DVR because this is something you’ll want to watch again and again.


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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.


  1. im almost 14 and i ski race ive only done super g but this year imm old enuff 2 race downhill me and my frends r stoked i alos dowhnill bike and that is just the same only on a bike it is the same felling they both rok

  2. Last year was my first year of FIS and i got a chance to race in the Mont Ste. Anne Downhill and Super-G races. All i can say is the downhill was defiantly the greatest experience of my life so far, so much speed and adrenaline it was unreal! i cant wait to do it all over again this season.

  3. Sorry… yeah, this was last year. Do some google searches and I’m sure you’ll find the DVD.

    Also… that’s awesome that you were on the FIS this past season! I can’t even imagine carving along at that speed on those courses!

  4. It’s only when they make it look easy you know what they are doing is hard. Downhill skiers have balls of steel.

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