Skiing & Riding

Ski Movie Magic Kicks off the Season

As the Wood River Valley rolls into the fall season in earnest and early season snow continues to coat the high peaks, speculation is running high about the winter to come. Predictions (knock wood) are looking good for the 2017-18 season, with weather experts expecting a wetter than average, La Nina kind of winter, which for us (pray to Ullr) could translate into powder day after powder day after powder day (again)!

While we impatiently wait for the snow to fall, there are many ways to get in the spirit of the joy of skiing and riding. There’s no better way to do this than in a theater, surrounded by like-minded people, to cheer three great snowsports adventure movies: Good Company’s Guest List on October 14, Warren Miller’s Line of Descent on October 27 and 28, and Matchstick’s Drop Everything on November 22.

Guest List, from Tom Wallisch and the Good Company crew, starts the stoke. The high-energy movie features world-class urban, park, and backcountry skiing, all with the filmmakers’ trademark style. The film’s athletes travel the world in search of pow and throw some never- before-seen tricks along the way. It will be a party at the Opera House for sure as Sun Valley athletes sign posters before heading to the  after-party at the Hot Water Inn at the bottom of Warm Springs. The screening starts at 8 p.m. and admission is free.


Next up is Warren Miller’s latest, Line of Descent, coming to the Opera House on both October 27 and 28. Pete Lane's Mountain Sports presents this 68th Warren Miller installment, and the films just keep getting better. Line of Descent “follows athletes Tommy Moe, Kalen Thorien, Collin Collins, Lexi duPont, Marcus Caston, Seth Wescott and many more as they travel the globe, by land, air, and sea, exploring the ties that bind ski culture,” according to the filmmakers. Gathering to watch Warren Miller’s films is a time-honored and highly anticipated tradition in the Wood River Valley. Our ‘tribe’ of skiers and riders of all ages, all with deep roots in the mountains and a reverence for snow sport culture, loves to come together to pray for snow and get excited to play in it.  This film features athletes with strong Sun Valley roots including Lexi duPont and Collin Collins, making the screening even more fun.  Watch the best of the best take the sport to new extremes, whether that is snow motorcycling, snowmobiling, riding dogsleds, splitboards, or finding new ways to surf the powder. The screening will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, and again at both 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Doors open an hour before the movie begins. Tickets are $16/advance and $18/day of the show (based on availability). For more information, please visit the Recreation Office in the Sun Valley Village or click HERE.

On Saturday, come early, stay late, or both and enjoy a “Pray for Snow” party. In between the two showings, try your luck at the first annual Corn Hole Championship, socialize Sun Valley style, and make the most of the vibe. There will be a bar setup outside the venue and lots of fun. Then head to Pete Lane’s during extended hours to get everything you need for the season! There will also be a raffle for great prizes. The raffle will be awarded at intermission during each show. Other swag will also be launched into the audience including some Smith helmets. The Freeride team will be at the screenings, too, and footage of local athletes will be shown before the main feature starts.

Then, one the eve of the much-anticipated opening day of Bald Mountain on November 23, Matchstick Production’s Drop Everything will whip the audience into a frenzy with only hours to go before the first chair loads. The crowd will gather at 7 p.m., again at the Opera House, to watch what has been called, “the funniest, most action-packed ski movie of 2017.” The film features incredible athletes and world-class action in a quick-hitting comedy shot with the backdrop of stunning locations, a potent soundtrack, and stellar cinematography. Athletes include: Mark Abma, Markus Eder, Eric Hjorleifson, Michelle Parker, Sammy Carlson, Cody Townsend, Elyse Saugstad, Tanner Rainville, Chris Rubens, Aaron Blunck, Sander Hadley, and Connery Lundin. Tickets are $15/advance, $18/day of show, with $3 off for ski camp participants.

Local shredders can’t wait to escape to the movies to get stoked for the coming season.  A highly unscientific survey of local seventh graders, many of whom participate on Freeride or the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s freestyle, alpine, and snowboard teams, showed huge excitement about the movies. All planned to go and said they are already praying for snow. “Bring it!” one shouted.

There’s still so much fall to enjoy with this weekend’s Trailing of the Sheep Festival, great hiking and biking, fishing, and long dog walks through aspen groves, but winter is definitely in the air. Celebrate the season to come with these three great snowsports films that will make you count down to opening day.  There’s snow in them thar hills with hopefully much, much more on the way. Get in the spirit of the season with the rest of the ‘tribe’ and we will see you at the movies!

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