Great Falls Ski and Board Club hosts local premier of Winterland on Dec. 4

The Great Falls Ski and Board club is hosting the local premiere of Teton Gravity Research’s new ski and snowboard film “Winterland” on Dec. 4 at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

The film is family friendly and” is a celebration of ski and snowboard culture. Today’s mountain athletes can only stand as tall as those who came before, the pirates of the past who followed their own path and passion. This story of adventure is far from over, as a new crop of modern-day pioneers are eager to etch their names in the annals of history. The technology and style might evolve, but the rush, excitement, and pure fun remain eternal, bonding past, present, and future riders. The film will follow these individuals as they leave their own mark on these fabled locations,” according to Teton Gravity’s website.

Tickets are available at Bighorn and Skiers Edge or at the door the night of the event.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m.

The club will start giving out prizes around 6:30 p.m.

The ski club dates back to 1936 when a few skiers pioneered up Kings Hill Pass and established a small ski area on Porphry Peak, now the top of Showdown, an effort that resulted in the King’s Hill Pass Ski Area.

From that point, they established the Great Falls Ski Club and took ownership of the ski area until George Willett purchased it from the club in 1973 and renamed it Showdown Ski Area.

Anyone can join the club at any point during the year, but the club encourages people to join in September, which is when they have the first general membership meeting of the year. Membership must be purchased by December to maximize the clubs benefits.

Dues are $25, which gives you two free drink tickets at meetings, a light dinner at every other meeting, an annual Christmas dinner and other benefits. The club also hosts an annual semi-formal “Snow Ball” dance.

The club participates in the Highway Cleanup program, donates toward improvements at Showdown and supports skier education.

The club also volunteers to work the famous “Mannequin Jump” contest at Showdown, in which you build a mannequin to launch off a gigantic jump and the mannequin is judged.