By James Rose,

Special to the Pioneer

Invermere local Ian McIntosh rips down the mountain in Chasing Shadows

Invermere local Ian McIntosh rips down the mountain in Chasing Shadows

For many, watching Warren Miller ski films represent the onset of a new snow season. And for many, it is a tradition that dates back as much as six decades. As a continuation from last year, Earl Grey Lodge at Panorama will be screening Warren Millers latest film, Chasing Shadows, to kick of this years ski season.

But while Warren Miller himself no longer oversees the production of the films bearing his name, the latest installment (number 66) still offers up big descents, witty dialogue, edgy music and amazing footage of the worlds best skiers and riders. Veiwers can watch as some of the worlds biggest names in skiing and snowboarding, including Mark Abma, Pep Fujas, Caroline Gleich, Steven Nyman and Invermeres own Ian McIntosh, pursue turns on mountains around the world. The film includes footage of stunning ski destinations such as Chamonix, France, Utahs Wasatch, Alaskas backcountry, and alpine adventuring in the Himalaya.

Last year we sold out both nights and it was really big success so we thought it was only natural to do it again this year as the ski season gets underway, said Phil Marshall, the Lodges co-owner. His films are so iconic in Canada and for the skiing community and so we plan to do this year after year.

The screenings have a festive feel to them as they mark the beginning of what many hope to be an epic year to hit the slopes and experience Panorama for all that is has to offer. The Lodge will screen the film in its own theatre constructed roughly one year ago.

There are two screenings of the film over the December 11th and 12th weekend. On Friday, doors open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for the evening are $15 and drink and appetizers will be served. On Saturday evening, there will be a delicious three-course meal to complement the films screening. Tickets are $69.95 and like Friday, doors will open at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. showtime.

For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Earl Grey Lodge at 250-341-3641 [email protected]. Visitwww.earlgreylodge.comto view the films trailer.