Behind closed doors, professional skier Drew Petersen has been living a much different reality than ski films, magazine covers, and Instagram likes have shown. Following a near-death accident in the mountains, Petersen went into a dark tailspin of mental health struggles. In the following years, he has privately navigated an arduous journey of PTSD, bipolar disorder, brain injury rehabilitation, and suicidal thoughts. Told through the lens of ski touring, Ups and Downs is an introspective look at the mountains and valleys along his path, and how his mental health journey is ultimately lifelong—both from well before Petersen’s accident and for the rest of his life moving forward. His story is truly one of finding the light, healing both in the mountains and in therapy, and how giving voice to his struggles ultimately saved him.
If you or someone you know is in need of mental health support, you can find resources at: drew-petersen.com/upsanddowns.
In association with Sweetgrass Productions
Starring: Drew Petersen
Directed by: Michael James Brown & Drew Petersen
Produced by: Drew Petersen
Cinematography by: Michael James Brown, Bobby Jahrig, Adam Clark
Edited by: Michael James Brown & Margaret King
Colour by: Theo Muse
Sound by: Avery Sandack
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