As days shorten, many of us will be spending more time watching one of the many streaming services. If you have Netflix, be sure to check out these two documentaries that were released in 2021 but were only recently added to Netflix.
The first is Buried: The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche, which is a film that focuses on the aftermath of an avalanche at a ski resort in the most gripping way possible. The film’s synopsis is: “In the early 1980’s, the Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol were the undisputed gods of winter in the mountain hamlet of Lake Tahoe, California, a sun-drenched wonderland of endless powder and parties… With the mountain closed due to high avalanche danger, an avalanche of unforeseeable magnitude broke free… The wreckage was unimaginable and for the shell-shocked patrol team there was no time to dwell, eight missing victims were buried in the slide – co-workers, friends, family – and every passing second was precious. Over the next five days, through an unrelenting storm and unimaginable tragedy, the rescue team persevered. Innocence was lost, mortality faced, Mother Nature reckoned with, but through it all they never gave up hope for a miracle.”
The other film worth watching is The River Runner, which is about one of America’s best whitewater kayakers, his rise to the top and his battle with cancer. The film’s synopsis is: “Famed whitewater kayaker Scott Lindgren takes viewers on a 20-year journey to be the first person to run four rivers that originate from Mount Kailash in Tibet, but faces a difficult medical diagnosis that threatens him realizing his dream.”