Motherload: A Film about Children, Loss and Healing in the Mountains

Tackling the subjects of loss, family and motherhood while producing a film in the midst of a pandemic was no easy task. But Motherload was worth the effort.

It is often said that the hardest part of any adventure is getting out the door. Planning and packing are tedious and time-consuming. But the moment you cross over the threshold from the distractions of the real world to the freedom of the hills, everything seems to just fall into place.

(Said no mother ever.)


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Follow professional skiers and mothers Tessa Treadway and Izzy Lynch as they carry the load of life-changing events and the love of their children into the mountains where they find the moments of peace, growth and healing that help them carry on.


Izzy Lynch carries her toddler Knox down Kicking Horse Mountain Resort while he has a temper tantrum. Photo: Zoya Lynch


Presented by Arc’teryx, Motherload‘s world premiere is scheduled to take place during the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Snowsport Show, November 20-29.

This will be a virtual showcase of snowsports films, and a fundraiser for Protect Our Winters Canada. The lineup includes Coach, Frozen in Time, Motherload and Without a Paddle.

Tickets available here: