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Ski and snowboard films to premiere in Steamboat

Nicole Inglis

Skier Wiley Miller catches air while filming for this year's Level One Productions ski film "Sunny." The movie will hold its Steamboat premiere at 8 p.m. Friday at The Tap House Sports Grill. The cost is $10.

— For some, this time of year means wistfully waxing those boards and obsessively checking the weather forecasts for the tiniest sign of moisture.

But for a diehard few, like local skier Glenn Little, winter already has begun.

Last weekend, he competed in a rail jam at Keystone Ski Resort, skiing on snow made from ice chunks cut up in a wood chipper. Just that little bit of hard, corn-like snow was enough.

"It was instantaneous fun," he said. "It's just like riding a bicycle."

For those not so fortunate as to have skied in mid-September, there's a chance to catch a glimpse of winter as ski movie premiere season starts up.

It all starts Friday with the Steamboat Springs premiere of Level 1 Productions' "Sunny," a ski documentary set in exotic destinations like Scandinavia, Alaska and Japan. Little has brought the Level 1 movie premiere to Steamboat each fall for the past three years.

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With a focus on urban features, backcountry kickers and technical lines, "Sunny" aims to portray sunlight as a state of mind more than a weather feature, injecting positivity into skiing cultures around the world.

The event is at 8 p.m. at The Tap House Sports Grill. It costs $10, and doors open at 7 p.m. Little said there will be a raffle going on throughout the night that includes a pair of skis from Klint Snow and a pair of custom boots from Daleboot, Fuel Clothing outerwear and swag from local shops.

Before the movie begins, Little will be showing a ski edit of his own from last season, in which he proves that it actually did snow in the 2011-12 season.

DJ Also Starring goes on after the film, setting a celebratory tone as the after party for the movie and the OktoberWest Suds & Grub event.

In two weeks, the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival kicks off with the premiere of Teton Gravity Research's ski and snowboard films. The festival continues Nov. 16 and 17 with more high-end ski and snowboard film premieres and local action sports movies.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email

Ski and snowboard film schedule


Level One Productions’ “Sunny.” The Tap House Sports Grill. $10. 8 p.m.

Oct. 5

Steamboat Mountain Film Festival: Teton Gravity Research’s “Further” and “Dream Factory.” Sheraton Steamboat Resort ballroom. $15. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 16

Steamboat Mountain Film Festival: Standard Films’ “2112,” Greg Stump’s “Legend of Ahhs” and Matchstick Productions’ “Superheroes of Stoke.” Location TBA. $10. 7 p.m.

Nov. 17

Steamboat Mountain Film Festival: Local action film submissions and awards. Location and price TBA.

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