Is it too early to be thinking about winter? Never! If you're one of the many powder hounds eagerly awaiting the first flakes of snow and opening day, we've got you covered. Following are five ski and snowboard films to help get feed your winter stoke and pick up some awesome prizes along the way.
The first film to drop is for all the snowboarders out there. Absinthe Films has been specializing in sick snowboarding films for over a decade and they're bringing their latest release to TurboDojo to Church & State (370 S. 300 East). Featured riders include Mikkel Bang, Nicolas Müller, Hans Mindnich, Brandon Cocard, Austen Sweetin, Brendan Gerard, Ben Ferguson, Kimmy Fasani and more. Free food and music by Easy Giant will proceed the screening. All ages are welcome; tickets are $10.50 and available online or at the door ($3 off of all pre-sale tickets will benefit SOS Outreach, a non-profit program for at-risk youth). Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., check out the trailer here.
Teton Gravity Research will be premiering their new feature length ski and snowboard film Rogue Elements at their winter kick-off party at the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre. Just as the athletes in the film are competing against crazy weather, anyone attending the screening should also be prepared for a chilly night and the possibility of rain. It's all BYOB so bring a blanket, picnic, and your own drinks. Major prizes are up for grabs at this event, including the TGR tour grand prizes - a trip for two to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a local trip (including a VIP tour of the High West distillery), a trip to Crested Butte, Atomic Skis, and REI gift cards. Tickets to the show are $17 pre-sales or $20 the day of ($10 for kids ages 3-16) and available online.
Come out to The Complex (536 W 100 South) for double screening of Habit from Level 1 Productions and the world premiere of Lite Years from The Big Picture. The doors open at 7 p.m. and there's plenty of party ahead of the show. They'll have a raffle with tons of cool prizes, including skis, outwear, eyewear, and more plus poster signings with athletes from the films. Tickets are $15 ahead of time and $18 day of the show; anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Want your ski and snowboard film with a comedic twist? With the help of Park City Film Series, you have the chance to check out the new action-packed and hilarious film DROP EVERYTHING by award-winning Matchstick Productions. Join some of the world's best freeskiers on their adventures out on the snow in stunning locations and laugh at their attempts at quick-hitting comedy. Athletes include Mark Abma, Markus Eder, Eric Hjorleifson, Michelle Parker, Sammy Carlson, Cody Townsend, Elyse Saugstad, Tanner Rainville, Chris Rubens, Aaron Blunck, Sander Hadley, Connery Lundin, and more! (Tickets are $15 to all shows; Friday/Saturday screenings are at 8 p.m., Sunday at 6 p.m.).
Wasatch Mountain Film Festival returns to Park City Library on Thursday, October 19 for this year's edition of Here Comes Winter Festival. Kick off the festivities at 5:30 p.m. with pre-show food trucks, live music, and local organizations. Guests also have the chance to prick up prizes, gear, and a few other surprises. The screening schedule is TBD, but starts at 7 p.m. and will include a crop of ski and snowboard related films to get everyone excited for the upcoming winter season in the Wasatch. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased ahead of the event here.