Monthly Archives: December 2018

“Saving Snow”, Wednesday, January 9th- 7 pm at Alpine Playhouse

The McCall Film Society presents “Saving Snow” Wednesday, January 9th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. “Saving Snow,” a 53-minute documentary on the heartbreaking story of our winters on life support. “Saving Snow” focuses on people coming to terms with climate change. But it also presents solutions. The film highlights individuals and organizations who are working to reduce their communities’ impacts on the environment and raise awareness of the need for action.

After the film we will have a panel discussion to comment on the film from local leaders in the ski industry and recreation: Ken Rider, General Manager at Brundage, Brad Larsen, General Manager at Tamarack, Kurt Wolf, founder of the McCall Remaster Nordic Ski Race and Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of McCall. In addition, we will have Hans-Peter Marshall, Associate Professor at Boise State University in the Department of Geosciences and other invited guests. 

“With all of my films, the goal is to make climate change concrete,” says filmmaker Diogo Freire of Adaptation Now. “I try to find specific examples of communities that are being affected—and also show how they’re responding.” A disappearing snow season is more than just a frustration for winter sports enthusiasts. It means lost income for the many towns and small businesses that depend on winter tourism and recreation to stay afloat.

The American Birkebeiner, the premier Cross Country Ski Race in the U.S. was cancelled in 2017 for the second time in its history due to spring like conditions that melted away the snow.  Birkie Executive Director Ben Popp, who features prominently in the film, says “’Saving Snow’ brings to life the realities we face if we don’t start to take climate change seriously at the policy level. I love snow, I love what it enables, I hope it is here like it should be for my grandkids!”.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting   next Thursday, January 3rd until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free. 

2017 Birkie XC Ski Race cancelled due to lack of snow