Ups + Downs
CLIENT // SALOMON
Behind closed doors, professional skier Drew Petersen was living a different reality than all the ski films, magazine covers, and Instagram posts portrayed. Following a near-death climbing accident in the mountains, Petersen crumbled into a dark tailspin of mental health struggles. He privately navigated an arduous journey through PTSD, bipolar disorder, brain injury rehabilitation, and suicidal thoughts.
"Ups + Downs" reveals Drew's odyssey through the lens of ski touring and intimately reveals his introspective look at the mountains and valleys through life's most challenging chapters. This film follows Drew's discovery that giving voice to his struggle was the courageous act that ultimately saved him.
Thank you for seeing the real me, for holding space for me to share myself with you. Thank you for your own vulnerability and humanity.
- DREW PETERSEN
Director: Michael James Brown, Drew Petersen
Producer: Drew Petersen
Cinematography: Michael James Brown, Bobby Jahrig, Adam Clark
Editor: Michael James Brown, Margaret King
Color: Theo Muse
Sound: Avery Sandack
Athlete: Drew Petersen
Supporting Sponsors: Salomon, Hestra Gloves, Mountain Gazette