I t's almost October already. Do you know where you'll be skiing this year? How about which slopes your love interest will be frequenting? Both are important questions when it comes to winter relationships in Colorado.
I'll be blunt: If you've got a love interest who's into skiing, you NEED to coordinate and make sure you've set yourself up for early-morning carpools, après happy hours and long days together on the slopes.
But winter still seems a long way off, doesn't it? Fall's just starting, and there's barely been even a dusting of snow on the mountains. How do you bring up a ski-season agenda with an acquaintance, or ask your gal-pal to coordinate so far out without sounding like a stalker or a jealous jerk? That's where ski porn comes in.
The lineup of sexy ski flicks that aim to get you excited about the approaching winter starts tomorrow with the local premiere of Teton Gravity Research's "The Dream Factory" at the Boulder Theater ($13 advance, $16 day-of-show; 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (+21 only); 2032 14th St.; bouldertheater.com).
The Alaska-centric film puts ski pioneers alongside fresh faces and modern-day legends like Dana Flahr, Seth Morrison and up-and-comer Angel Collinson as they ski classic descents Alaska's biggest ranges. The big-mountain backcountry scenery is epic, the storyline is original and the stoke in the room will be palpable when TGR hands out prizes and some of the films stars sign posters in the lobby.
If you miss getting ticket's to tomorrow night's show -- which may sell out, act fast! -- don't fret. Mark your calendar for these other winter-wonderland flicks at the Boulder Theater over the next two months:
Oct. 5-6: Boulder's Adventure Film Festival offers a smorgasbord of inspiration, and among some of the coolest expedition and personality stories you've ever seen are a handful of ski-centric flicks that'll help you start up that ski-pass conversation. The festival is broken into sessions that mix a range of shorts. For the best winter choices, try to catch "Skiing the Void" during Friday's 6-8 p.m. timeslot, "Unicorn Sashimi," which kicks off Friday's 8:30 session, and "Tempting Fear" which will play about 40 minutes later. "Ready to Fly" is a feature-length film that shows at 2 p.m. Saturday, and chronicles the efforts of women to get into the Olympics as ski jumpers. ($30 Friday, $35 Saturday; adventurefilm.org)
Oct. 12: Teton Gravity Research and Jeremy Jones team up in "Further." With cutting-edge snowboard footage and locations across the globe (including Japan, Norway and Austria), this backcountry-centric boarding film pushes boundaries and will inspire you to try new lines this year. ($13 advance, $16 day-of-show; 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (+21 only)).
Nov. 7--11: The local ski-industry big-shots at Warren Miller Entertainment will debut their season's stoke machine during a 10-show run over five days. Warren Miller is a ski-industry icon, there are 10 showings spread out over five days, and trust me, you want their advice on getting into a flow of your own. ($22; bouldertheater.com).
Kristy Holland writes about date-night ideas once a week for the Colorado Daily. Tell her yours at firstname.lastname@example.org