Tonight the Eldora Mountain Ski and Snowboard Club (EMSC) will be hosting a fundraiser featuring a screening of Chris Davenport’s incredible new film, Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey. The screening will be held at The Boulder Theater tonight at 7:00pm.
Proceeds from the event will go to benefiting the EMSC’s training programs. The EMSC began in 1975 as the Lake Eldora Race Team and has since become one of the country’s top youth training programs and one of the top teams in their division. The organization will be using the funds to help build their new “Elite Team” Postgraduate program. The Elite Team is designed for top level athletes who are FIS-licensed and compete at national levels. One of the best aspects of the program is that it allows the athletes to also begin their college career by enrolling at University of Colorado or a local community college, encouraging them to become more well-rounded individuals. The Elite Team also provides an easy transition for those coming out of the EMSC’s youth programs after high school.
As for the movie itself, it looks to be one of the biggest and most daring ski journeys ever caught on film. For those of us familiar with Chris Davenport, this comes as no surprise. We’ve seen him conquer the Matterhorn in Matchstick Production’s Claim. We’ve seen him conquer the entire state of Colorado in his awe-inspiring book, Ski the 14ers. And now he’s set his sites on Antarctica. I had chills just hearing about it before I ever watched the trailer. And then of course, there is the trailer. If you weren’t excited for this film already, you certainly will be after consuming the five minute visual feast that awaits you in the following trailer:
In November 2009 Chris Davenport, Stian Hagen, and Andrea Binning ventured to the bottom of the world in search of the ski lines of their dreams. During their journey to the Antarctic Peninsula, the team discovered a new understanding of the beauty of ski mountaineering and of the depths of human connection to nature. This is their story.
Chock full of bravery and stunning scenery, it seems as if Chris has really outdone himself this time. His work always brings with it a special something that makes the viewer really find a new respect for the mountains. His skiing always seems to bring out the natural beauty and inherent danger of the terrain we can sometimes take for granted. Personally I can’t wait to see Australis. Just the teaser had me gasping. As well as the Antarctic expedition, the film also contains a sort of Q & A session with Chris where he discusses some of his past works. Sounds like icing on the cake to me.
The screening will include a signing of Ski the 14ers by none other than the man himself, as well as free coupons and some pretty amazing giveaways (new pair of Kastle skis anyone?) I’m sure it will be a party and tonight, I am certainly jealous of anyone living in the Boulder area. I guess I’ll have to preorder my copy of Australis and wait like everyone else.
For more information on Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey, visit the official website here:
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For more information on the Eldora Mountain Ski and Snowboard Club, and the new Elite Team, go to their website at: