If you haven't made it to Snowbasin this season, you can catch the Huntsville ski resort on the big and the small screens within the next couple of months.
Snowbasin plays a major, but uncredited, role in "Frozen," a horror film by Adam Green ("Hatchet") that debuts Jan. 24 at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
The film, about three college friends on a snowboarding trip who get stranded on a lift after closing time, is set at a fictional resort in Vermont.
In reality, the film was shot in February and March at Snowbasin.
"They had live wolves brought from L.A. with a handler," said Mickell Smith, Snowbasin's special events coordinator.
"Most of their filming was actually done at night, in below-zero shoots. I'm sure (the shoots) were a lot of fun for them," she joked.
The film's trio wrestles with whether they would rather freeze to death on the lift or drop to the ground, risking death in any number of other unpleasant ways. The film is rated R, in part for at least one scene in which the wolves get a good dinner.
The production company also built miniature and partial sets, including a foot-tall version of the ski lift and a chairlift chair, for easy close-ups. Outside, film crews used camera cranes, hidden in nearby trees. They hauled in additional trees and secured them in place.
"It was quite an expensive effort," Smith said.
Snowbasin has asked not to be identified in the film, fearing people might associate the resort with the unhappy ending.
But resort employees who helped with the shoot are excited about attending one of the Sundance screenings, with tickets provided by the Utah Film Commission.
"I'm very excited," Smith said. "A group of us are going to Sundance together. We can't wait to see it."
For more information on the Park City or Salt Lake City screenings of the film, visit the Sundance site at www.sundance.org, click on the film guide icon, then search "Frozen." The film will not show in Ogden.
To see Snowbasin on the small screen, you'll have to wait until February, during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Snowbasin will get cameos in commercials shot by AT&T and by Procter & Gamble. Crews filmed footage of Snowbasin and other Utah venues used in the 2002 Winter Olympics.
"They shot skiing down Sweet Revenge and Wildcat lift, and a brief snowboarding shot, and a child coming up a lift," Smith said.
"We actually don't get film crews up here too often. Shooting can lead to more shooting, and everybody who has worked with us said we are friendly and cooperative. We hope it may lead to future projects."
Marshall Moore, director of the Utah Film Commission, said in a statement that the film projects brought jobs and revenue to Utah, and brought back our Olympic spirit as well.
"We are excited that these companies chose Utah to feature their products and look forward to seeing them (the commercials) air during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games," he said.
Procter & Gamble is building a manufacturing plant in Box Elder County, to open next fall, Moore said. The plant is expected to employ more than 300 people.