The last time I went skiing, I was nearly to the top of the mountain when I looked down to find one of my skis had gone missing. While this was high adventure to me, I’m sure it was nothing compared to those of you who head into the backcountry on a regular basis to seek your thrills. If you’d like to be reminded of why snow sports excite you, you’ll want to pay attention to the plethora of winter-related films coming your way in the near future.
Starting things off, Absinthe Films will bring its annual Sphere of Influence Tour to town Oct. 19 at Western Washington University. Resonance, the feature film, is described as “an artistic celebration of Mother Nature’s 2011/2012 winter” and captures highlights in snowboarding across the globe with some of the most celebrated athletes on the planet. Shred nerds everywhere are guaranteed to approve, and, since organizers are committed to keeping the event environmentally friendly, those who attend are encouraged to walk, bike, skate, skip or take public transportation. When: 8:30pm Fri., Oct. 19 Where: Fraser Hall 4, WWU Cost: Tickets are $10 at the door Info: http://www.absinthe-films.com
If telemark skiing is more your thing, head to downtown Bellingham Oct. 19 to view the Telemark Skier Crew’s newest flick, Let’s Go!, at Backcountry Essentials. “We spend an entire winter driving around, looking for snow and lines to shred,” team members say. After filming and editing the best of what they capture, they travel to locales such as Washington, Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia, and even Switzerland to share the love. When: 7:30pm Fri., Oct. 19 Where: Backcountry Essentials, 214 W. Holly St. Cost: $8 at the door Info: http://www.telemarkskier.com
The true snow enthusiast probably already has this event on their calendar, but for those who are new to town, it should be noted that the annual Mt. Baker Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 25, is the place to go to not only watch a variety of winter sports clips from both local and international filmmakers, but also to peruse the newest goods from local ski and snowboard vendors. Season pass holders can get complimentary tickets starting at 6pm, and a lucky winner will also be awarded a ticket to ride throughout the winter. Chico’s Paradise will provide live music, and those of legal drinking age can imbibe while waiting for the show (and the snow) to start. When: 6pm Thurs., Oct. 25 Where: Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Cost: $8-$10 Info: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
If the aforementioned events are ones that appeal to you, you probably have Warren Miller Entertainment to thank. For year 63, the world’s leading winter sports film purveyor is bringing excitement to the big screen. This year’s feature film, Flow State, promises to showcase some of the world’s gnarliest peaks—from powder in Japan to steep slopes in Alaska to Norway, Austria, California, and beyond. Jonny Moseley hosts the onscreen action, and featured athletes include Colby West, Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan, David Wise, and others. It’s not quite as exciting as being there yourself, but trust us when we say it’s the next best thing. When: 7:30pm Thurs., Nov. 8 Where: Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Cost: $21 Info: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
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