However, Parkite Sierra Quitiquit, who portrays the character Ayla in the film, said the heart and core of "Valhalla," which will be screened Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Jim Santy Auditorium, is rooted in the ski-film genre.
"The quality and caliber of the skiing in this film is next-level," Quitiquit said during an interview with The Park Record. "It's really inspiring and uses all this neat imagery to tell a story about why we all keep coming back to this lifestyle that can be pure, innocent and full of joy."
"Valhalla" follows Conrad, played by Cody Barnhill, who is trying to seek out a better and stronger meaning in life.
"That leads him to the community of Valhalla, where he meets different people who inspire him to live the life he wants," Quitiquit said. "I play one of those people, Ayla. She is a confident, beautiful creature who has an amazing connection with nature and lives her life in harmony."
Quitiquit's other co-stars include Alex Monot, Pep Fujas, Eric Hjoleifson, Kazushi Yamuchi, Zack Giffin and Molly Baker.
Quitiquit, who grew up ski racing in Park City, became involved in the film through her other profession, modeling.
"I met one of the cinematographers the winter before and they had seen what I had been doing with my skiing and modeling and felt I would be perfect fit for the character," she said.
"As skiers, that is the theme we're constantly seeking in life," she said. "We have a beautiful, unique lifestyle that allows us this freedom to connect with nature."
Scenes were shot in British Columbia and Alaska.
Quitiquit went to Nelson, British Columbia, twice and spent a total of seven weeks shooting for the film.
"Going out to film with these boys was awesome," she said.
"No one had cell phones and it was pure, simple existence and very grounding," Quitiquit said. "We were literally living and breathing this storyline. I knew what those boys were up to in the ski-industry loop. I was honored when they reached out to me to play a character in the film."
Quitiquit said she wanted to play Ayla because she saw many similarities of her life in the script.
"Skiing is in my blood and skiing has always been a priority in my life," she said. "I never grew up wanting to be a model, because I looked up to athletes like Picabo Street. I just fell into the opportunity, and that allows me to travel and meet some great people."
Quitiquit and some of her co-stars will be at the screening on Wednesday and she is excited for the community to see the film.
"However, just a word of caution, the film does contain some nudity, but it isn't gratuitous," she said. "It is all done in a way that symbolizes purity and deep connection with nature."
Sweetgrass Productions will present a screening of its new ski and snowboard action film "Valhalla" at the Jim Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Tickets are $12 and available by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com/event/482366.