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When the temperature hits 13C in the city

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This is what Cypress Mountain’s non-Olympic runs looked like on February 6. That’s what the snowcross and freestyle organizers are up against. Remember that when you see the white runs they compete on during the Games. Today it was sunny and 13 degrees celsius in downtown Vancouver. Usually there’s a 6-8 degree swing between temperatures in the city and temperatures on the city’s north shore peaks. Hard to keep snow from melting when the temperatures have been consistently a few degrees above freezing.

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A Big Festival Born in a Small Town

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banff film festBANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL TOUR TRAVELS TO KALISPELL

Nice video trailer on the Festival tour home page!

The small Alberta town of Banff, where the population is only slightly higher than the elevation, may seem an unlikely candidate to spawn the largest mountain film festival in North America. But if you look closer, at its illustrious Banff Centre of arts and culture, at its stunning mountainous surroundings, perhaps it all makes sense.

From Oct. 31 to Nov. 8, more than 10,000 moviegoers crowded into theaters throughout Banff, a town of just over 8,000 in Alberta, for the famed Banff Mountain Film Festival. From 277 total entries, 62 films were chosen for the festival. Screenings included outdoor adventure films and documentaries serving as in-depth cultural examinations. Winners in various categories were named.

The event is held by the Banff Centre, an institution that film festival director Shannon O’Donaghue describes as a “leading center for professional development for artists” in Canada. Roughly 5,000 artists from across the world train at the center annually, in fields such as mountain culture, aboriginal arts, drama, opera, dance and literary arts, among others. The center is geared toward “mid-career artists,” O’Donaghue said, differing from traditional university art schools.

“We have a lot of residencies and workshops,” O’Donaghue said. “It’s a really special place, actually. There’s nothing like this in another small town in Canada.”

Just days after the festival ended, two vans – equipped with top-of-the-line digital projectors – embarked on a mission to show 25 selected films across Canada and the United States. The films will also be taken to countries across the globe as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which will hold more than 500 screenings in 30 countries, O’Donaghue said.

Outside of Canada, the first stop for the tour is Montana. On Nov. 13, films will be shown in Great Falls, followed by back-to-back screenings in Kalispell at Flathead High School on Nov. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. As in past years, the Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol is organizing the Kalispell event as a fundraiser for the nonprofit.

Read the entire article here.

Stevie Smith

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A cameraman friend sent me this.

Stevie Smith on an insanely dangerous downhill mountain bike course near Golden, BC. Spectacular riding and camera work.

Don’t watch if you suffer from vertigo …

“Where some of the fastest racers in the world [say] going as slow as they possibly can is still too fast”.