Ski movie event to raise money for Hanson Hills youth snow sports program
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Grayling Recreation Authority (GRA) will be conducting a viewing event for Warren Miller’s “Line of Descent” – a film about extreme skiing – at the Rialto Theater on Saturday, Dec. 9, to help raise money for the Hanson Hills youth skiing program.
Hanson Hills plans to start making snow soon, and GRA officials intend to open the ski hills at the park on Saturday, Dec. 23. Hanson Hills will close for Christmas Eve and Christmas, and then reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, while students are on holiday break.
“We’re hoping to make snow by the end of this week,” said Justin Andre, Director of Operations for GRA.
Andre said GRA is using the movie event as a fundraiser and as “a kickoff for the winter season at Hanson Hills.”
“These films are kind of sought after in the ski world,” Andre said. “If you’re a movie fan, an extreme sports fan, the Warren Miller films are awesome.”
Tickets for the event are $20 apiece. Tickets are available at Flowers By Josie in downtown Grayling and at Hanson Hills (located on Old Lake Road). Event organizers expect a limited number of tickets to be available at the door on the day of the event on a “first come, first served” basis.
“We would like to fill the Rialto,” Andre said. “We really are excited. We love the Rialto. Great setting. It really is a good, good time.”
This will be the second annual ski movie event/fundraiser of this type for GRA.
“Last year’s event raised about $4,000 for the program,” Andre said. “This year we’re hoping to raise kind of the same amount of money.”
Andre said the money raised goes to training for instructors and purchase of supplies for the youth ski programs at Hanson Hills. He said instructors are planning some “new and fun activities” for this year’s program.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. at the Rialto on Saturday, Dec. 9. The movie starts at 3:30 p.m. Organizers will announce grand prize winners for the event during an intermission slated for 4:15 p.m.
Andre said prizes will include a flat screen TV (provided by Continental Rental), a GoPro (from Jay’s Sporting Goods), downhill skis from Elan, cross country skis from Northbound Outfitters, and other skis. Entry into the grand prize raffle is included in the price of the $20 ticket to see the movie, and it is not necessary to be present to win.
The event will also feature “various other bucket raffle items” such as sunglasses and snowshoes with tickets sold separately on Saturday, Andre said.
“It’s a chance to win some really nice prizes,” Andre said.
The movie resumes at 4:30 p.m., according to the event’s schedule, and it ends around 5:15 p.m. The bucket raffle drawings will be held at the end of the film. After that, participants will have the opportunity to go to Paddle Hard Brewery for a “social hour” that will feature “discounts on food and drinks,” Andre said.
Ticket holders will also be able to register for the World Tour Sweepstakes associated with the Warren Miller movie showings. Prizes include ski trips to Chile, Montana, Switzerland, Wyoming, and Colorado.
Saturday’s movie event at the Rialto will feature vendors and ski company representatives, allowing participants the opportunity to meet “face to face with ski reps and hear about what’s new in the ski industry,” Andre said.