Livin’ Tiny: Five Skiers Chase Powder From a Mobile House

I had said I wasn’t going to film skiing and snowboarding anymore.  After getting caught in an avalanche, while making moves for the camera, I was tired of watching my friends and brothers risk their lives for the lens (and doing so myself).  However, when I got word that my brother, Zack, was going to build a house on wheels and travel the country chasing the powder, naturally, I couldn’t resist.

Zack and fellow Outdoor Research ambassador Molly Baker’s goal at first was simple: Seek out “soulriders” who live for skiing and snowboarding, yet do not receive recognition for it, and make a short film featuring their stories and skills. They planned to invite these select individuals to join the Outdoor Research Grassroots Team.

Then the house came into the picture.  A way to get around.

Inside the Tiny House; Photograph courtesy Sam Giffin

From racing to high vantage points for good angles (in our follow car), to filming the tiny house as it descended Utah’s steepest road mid-winter, documenting the adventure was quite the adventure in itself. Heads turned and smiles formed as innocent bystanders witness a fully operational home driving through their streets.  And capturing these reactions became our goal. Neil Provo (Outdoor Research athlete ambassador) and Andrew Walbon (cinematographer) came along for the ride, making a total of five residents in the house for two months; maximum occupancy.

Despite the chaos of living, working, traveling, and sharing 112-square-feet of space, the tiny house taught us lessons of love. It started as a way to be warm and cozy and became something much more important for survival: a way to make friends.

>Mark my words that anyone who builds and travels in one of these will not be lonely.  They may, however, become desperate for just a little time alone.

Please enjoy Livin’ Tiny and let us know what you think!


  1. William McKelder
    Oak Island, NC
    November 14, 2012, 8:02 pm

    That was awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sam Bruce Giffin
    United States
    November 15, 2012, 11:04 am

    Thank you Jai Smith for the wood-chop animation and Elliot Trout for filming the construction. These parts made the film much more than a ski movie!

  3. Gloria
    November 15, 2012, 11:54 am

    That’s amazing!!Thank You for sharing!!

  4. christian
    November 19, 2012, 1:56 am

    wow this is really cool and amazing!

  5. limo hire
    November 26, 2012, 7:19 am

    This great! Very inspiriing 🙂