Upcoming ski and snowboard movies
■ “Blizzard of Aahhhs"
7:30 p.m. today, Ski Haus
■ Teton Gravity Research’s “Jeremy Jones’ Deeper”
8 p.m. Friday, The Steamboat Grand
$10 before the show at www.tgrtix.com/ti... and Ski Haus, $12 at the door
■ “Tailgate Alaska”
9 p.m. Oct. 15, Ghost Ranch Saloon
■ Level One Production’s “Eye Trip”
8 p.m. Oct. 22, Ghost Ranch Saloon
■ Matchstick Productions’ “The Way I See it,” part of the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival
7 p.m. Oct. 29, Sheraton Steamboat Resort
Visit www.steamboatfilmfestival.com for more about the festival, which will show locally made films at an event in November.
■ Warren Miller’s “Wintervention”
7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 30, The Steamboat Grand
■ Powderwhore’s “TeleVision”
7 p.m. Nov. 2, Ghost Ranch Saloon
■ Teton Gravity Research’s “Light the Wick”
Tentatively scheduled for early November
■ Poor Boyz Productions’ “Revolver”
9 p.m. Nov. 12, Ghost Ranch Saloon
■ Telemark Skier Magazine’s “The Freeheel Life 2: Hippies, Punx and Misfits”
7 p.m. Dec. 1, Olympian Hall
Steamboat Springs The official start of the ski and snowboard season may still be nearly two months — or four merchant pass payroll deductions — away, but for many, at least a taste of the sweet white stuff is coming much sooner.
The far more unofficial ski and snowboard movie season kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday with the showing of the snowboard flick “Deeper,” featuring Jeremy Jones and produced by Teton Gravity Research. The film will be shown at The Steamboat Grand with tickets going for $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
That showing will spark an avalanche of movies for the powder-crazed that will last nearly two months and give Steamboat fanatics the chance to whet their appetite ahead of the season.
“During mud season, it’s just a way to get your juices going,” said Doug Steadman, a manager at Ski Haus, where tickets to many of the shows, including “Deeper” will be on sale. “You watch some movies and start getting the fire, seeing what the pros are riding ski- and snowboard-wise and start getting your gear. Everyone gets fired up for all the new movies.”
Locals will have plenty of choices through the two-month span. Friday’s “Deeper” should offer some of the most exotic shots of the season.
Jones, a world-renowned snowboarder, spent two years on the film, deciding to ditch the snowmobiles and helicopters that define so many movies and hike to snag some nearly impossible lines.
The movie includes stops in his own backcountry backyard in California, Alaska, Antarctica and Chamonix, France.
“It was a sort of dream he had,” Teton Gravity Research’s Ryan Littlepage said. “It’s really not your standard ski film at all. People have loved it so far. Some people like it, and others are blown away.”
Films from other well-known production houses are also on the docket this season.
Matchstick Productions’ “The Way I See it” will show Oct. 29 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, and Warren Miller’s “Wintervention” is set for three showings. It will play Oct. 29 and twice Oct. 30 at The Steamboat Grand.
Steamboat won’t be lacking in variety this year, either.
Teton Gravity Research is scheduled to have its skiing movie in Steamboat, as well as “Deeper,” which is all snowboarding. The date and time for “Light the Wick” aren’t yet set. It will boast 3-D scenes.
A pair of Telemark movie tours also will make stops in Ski Town USA.
“TeleVision” from Powderwhore will play Nov. 2 at Ghost Ranch Saloon, and “The Freeheel Life 2: Hippies, Punx and Misfits” will show Dec. 1 at Olympian Hall.
“The number of Tele skiers we have in Steamboat is percentage-wise significant,” said Chad Bowdre, with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Telemark program. “We have a big group of free-heel people, so it’s cool to be able to bring in these movies for those guys.
“Other movies might have a Tele section, but it’s nice when the movie is all about Tele skiers.”
Raffles at both showings will benefit the Winter Sports Club’s swiftly growing Telemark program.
Ski Haus plans to get a jump-start on the season at 7:30 tonight with a pair of free showings, including the classic “Blizzard of Aahhhs.”
“It’s just a way to survive mud season until the mountain opens,” Steadman said.
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