Words like adventure, penguins, Antarctica, and ski mountaineering do a pretty good job of describing the film “Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey” by Davenport Mountainsport and Granite Films. On Thursday, September 30th, the Boulder Theater accommodated a packed house for the world premiere of the full length film.
Not only did viewers get to witness a truly unique film but they also were giving to a great cause. The entire night was a benefit for the the Eldora Ski and Snowboard Club, which helps give kids the opportunity to ski and experience the joy of sliding on snow. Along with supporting a good cause the animated crowd of all ages also got a chance to see a story of ski exploration.
The night also included special guest host Chris Anthony, a Q&A segment where the crowd got a chance to ask Davenport and Anthony about everything from skiing big lines to their transitions from ski racing to freesking. Also, free schwag was provided by Eldora Mountain Resort, Kastle Skis and Spyder throughout the evening.
As for the film, Chris Davenport, Stian Hagen, and Andrea Binning were the featured skiers. It documented their journey -along with a film crew and the Australis boat crew- to the Antarctic Peninsula where they skied new terrain and connected with a unfamiliar landscape.
Although Davenport, Hagen, and Binning weren’t busting double corks or sliding urban rails, the film gave great insight into ski mountaineering and how stoked you can get exploring new terrain, skiing with friends and being outside surrounded by the beauty of nature.
For more info on the film or to purchase a copy check out www.antarcticskiodyssey.com.