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Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Ogden, raises funds for Snowbasin Ski Team

By Deann Armes - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Feb 9, 2022

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, coming to Peery's Egyptian Theater on Feb. 18-19, stops in Ogden every year to raise money for the Snowbasin Ski Team.

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival is stopping in Ogden for two nights this month to showcase 12 of this year’s award-winning films that represent achievements in outdoor storytelling and filmmaking worldwide.

Held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the festival then hits the road on a world tour, this year with planned stops in roughly 550 communities and more than 40 countries.

Ogden resident Janifer Larson, who was active with the Snowbasin Ski Team and a board member of the Snowbasin Sports Education Foundation for years, started bringing the Banff Film Festival World Tour to Peery’s Egyptian Theater 21 years ago as a fundraiser for the Snowbasin Ski Team.

“I go to Banff each fall to view films, meet some of the directors and actors,” Larson said. “It’s great to get together with other tour hosts from different venues from around the country and share stories about their successes.”

This year’s adventure films include subjects such as skiing, snowboarding, culture, winter hiking, biking, climbing and, of course, dog stories, Larson said.

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The Spruce "bundle" of award-winning adventure films from the 2021 Banff Mountain Film Festival will be presented on Saturday night, Feb. 12, 2022.

Festival organizers described this year’s world tour in a press release: “Traveling to remote vistas, analyzing topical environmental issues, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2021/2022 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.”

Award winners and audience favorites, out of over 400 entries every year, are carefully selected to play in theaters around the world.

In Ogden, what is usually a sold-out event according to Larson, two of the film “bundles” will be presented, one each night starting at 7 p.m. There will be concessions, popular with attendees according to Larson, inside the theater.

Friday night is the “Maple” set: “A Dog’s Tale,” “Can’t Beat this Place for Fun,” “Precious Leader Women,” “Jump to Zero,” “INSIDE-A Hole New Ski Experience” and “Reel Rock 15: Breaking Trail.”

Saturday night’s “Spruce Bundle” includes: “Never in the Way,” “Always Higher,” “A Foreign Native,” “Mark Eder’s The Ultimate Run,” “Izembek” and “Reel Rock 15: Deep Roots.”

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The Maple "bundle" of award-winning adventure films from the 2021 Banff Mountain Film Festival will be presented on Friday night, Feb. 11, 2022.

There will also be a prize drawing, one entry included with every event ticket, with items donated from local businesses and companies. All ticket proceeds from this year’s two-day Ogden stop, presented by Snowbasin Sports Education Foundation, will go directly to the Snowbasin Ski Team.

The Snowbasin Ski Team is a nonprofit that, together with the Snowbasin Ski Resort Competition Center, helps young athletes accelerate in the sport through its racing programs.

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden on Friday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per night or $35 for both nights.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Peery’s Egyptian box office at 801-689-8700 or visit ogdenpet.com/events.

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