Film night supports Mountain of Hope

Sunday, March 10th at CVC come watch This Mountain Life

By Katie Watt

On Sunday March 10th, you can get stoked about mountain slopes by visiting a film fundraiser for the Mountain of Hope Society. This fundraiser, organized by Panorama ski patrol, will feature the film This Mountain Life.

This Mountain Life is an award winning film that features the story of two women, Martina Halik and her mother Tania Halik, who conquered a “2300-kilometre ski trek from Canada to Alaska through the treacherous Coast Mountains; a journey that has been completed only once before, and never by a female duo.” The film is captivating enough on its own, but what makes it even more interesting is that the story begins right here in Invermere where the mother-daughter pair call home.

“This event is going to be great because so many people here know them; they used to be on ski patrol at Panorama,” says Fiona Pickett, one of the event organizers.

To top off the fundraiser, both Haliks will be attending the event. Following the film, they will be doing a Q & A to answer questions about the peaks and valleys of their six month mountain adventure.

Earlier this year a sample of the film was shown at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. After watching the film, Mrs. Pickett said “a friend mentioned to me that showing the full length film is a really good fundraising opportunity. I mentioned this to the Panorama ski patrol manager, who is also on the board for the Mountain of Hope Society, and he totally agreed.”

The film will be shown at the Columbia Valley Centre and all proceeds will go to the Mountain of Hope Society. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, and the film will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase at Ullr Bar and Syndicate Board Shop in Invermere, or at the Panorama Ski Patrol Clinic. Pre-purchased tickets are $10 each, and door price tickets are $12. Food and drink by donation will also be provided.

If you have further questions about the event, email

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