by Solenne de Tassigny | Staff Writer
In preparation for the snow sports season, Whitworth Outdoor Rec. hosted the 5th annual Whitworth Outdoor Ski and Snowboard Film Festival. Outdoor recreation lovers gathered in the Eric Johnson Science Center for two hours of watching winter thrill-seeking on Nov. 8th.
“This is the way we announce the season is starting up, it’s a way to get us hyped” said sophomore and outdoor rec employee Jeremy Baxter.
Put together by the U-Rec assistant director Brad Pointer, The Outdoor Ski and Snowboard Film festival featured a short film titled “Afterglow” which detailed vibrant footage of winter athletes among fresh powder.
The feature film “Rogue Elements”, created by Teton Gravity Research and funded by Northface and 10 Barrel Brewing Company, reveals the true complexity and beauty of nature through a montage of skiing videos detailing riveting feats and fresh powder.
Alongside the films, sponsors such as Mt. Spokane and Lookout Pass helped fund a raffle to give students the opportunity to win prizes ranging from hats to ski passes to local mountains.
With the objective of getting students “hyped” for the snow season, Pointer took time during the Film Festival to mention some of the winter classes and activities the Whitworth Outdoor Rec is hosting.
Along with offering an intro to mountaineering and skiing and snowboarding classes, Whitworth Outdoor Rec is also carrying out a series of trips to locations such as Whistler in British Columbia and Red Mountain.
Whitworth’s Outdoor Ski and Snowboard Film Festival acted as the introduction to the winter season, giving skiers and snowboarders alike the platform to “get stoked”.
For more information on the activities and classes offered by the Whitworth Outdoor Rec, check out their website.