The Man Who Skied Down Everest
(Le skieur de l'Everest)
Format: 35mm Colour
Runtime: 84 min
Crawley Films Ltd,,
Ishihara International Productions
In 1970, Yuichiro Miura, a Japanese skier and radical adventurer, set out to ski down Mount Everest. Miura, born in 1932, was known for setting world speed records and for pushing the envelope.
This visually stunning film dramatically records Miura's trek across the Himalayas and his descent down Everest, during which he reached speeds of over 150 kilometres per hour. His voyage nearly ended in disaster — Miura stopped mere metres from the precipice of a crevasse.
Producer Budge Crawley purchased the film footage of the event and Judith Crawley fashioned a script from Miura’s diary to accompany the footage.
The Man Who Skied Down Everest was extremely popular with audiences in several countries and won an Oscar in 1975 for best feature length documentary. It was the first Canadian feature to win an Academy Award.