Protect Our Winters will benefit from ‘Shelter’
Last spring, skier Leo Taillefer and snowboarders Thomas Delfino, Jeremy Jones, Mat Schaer and Levi Luggen took a low-key ski trip through the Swiss Alps.
Their excursion was documented in Picture Organic Clothing and Almo Films’ “Shelter,” a documentary directed by Julien Roserens and Morgan Le Faucheur.
Park City Film is set to present a special screening of the film at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Park City Library’s Jim Santy Auditorium. The screening is a fundraiser for Protect Our Winters, a nonprofit organization that works with athletes and business owners to find “systemic solutions to climate change,” said Maro LaBlance, public relations manager of Picture Organic Clothing.
“Shelter” not only spotlighted the area’s beauty and the athletes’ skills, but showcased how they did it while reducing their carbon footprints, she said.
“A lot of ski movies have a history that has always been where the bigger and more remote places you can get to are the most dramatic and compelling,” LaBlance said. “While heliskiing is incredible and traveling to remote corners of the world is also incredible, they are taxing on the environment with the airplane travel and helicopters. So, the idea behind this movie was to take a look in the backyards and find adventure without impacting the environment.”
Taillefer, Delfino, Jones, Schaer and Luggen did their exploring while using and telling the history of the Swiss Alps Hut System, a network of staffed shelters that provide food and drink and beds, for adventurers on day trips and multi-day tours, LaBlance said.
“Motivated by a passion and love for the mountains, they went from hut to hut, to not only enjoy some great skiing and snowboarding, but also to observe the impact of climate change on the Alps,” she said. “While there is absolutely beautiful footage, the film, on a bigger element, explores the dramatic landscape changes in these areas. They examine the once-massive glaciers that have since shrunk in size, and they focus on the dwindling ice and snow in that area as well.”
Before the screening, Cole Sport, which sells Picture Organic Clothing, will hold opportunity drawings for clothes, gear and other winter-sports accessories, LaBlance said.
Filmgoers automatically enter the drawing with their ticket purchase, she said.
Tickets to the screening are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Additional opportunity drawing tickets will also be available for purchase.
Delfino, who will be present at the screening, will participate in a post-screening Q and A, LaBlance said.
“Representatives from Picture Organic Clothing and Cole Sport, who sells Picture products, will also be on hand to answer any questions,” she said.
“All of the products made by Picture Organic Clothing, which was founded in 2008, are created from as many recycled, organic or responsibly sourcedmaterials as possible,” according to LaBlance.
“Picture is an eco-focused brand and we do a lot of events with Protect Our Winters, who are doing everything in their power to educate and make some changes in policies that will positively affect climate change,” she said.
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