Local climbing ranger and professional skier Forrest Coots will host his latest film, “A Skier’s Journey,” as a fundraiser for the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center and the Mount Shasta High School Alpine Ski Team Saturday, Dec. 10 at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, 1 N. Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m.
A Skier’s Journey is a globally-acclaimed short film series, with its final release titled “Crossing Home,” on www.askiersjourney.com.
Launched in 2010 and directed by Canadian filmmaker and photographer Jordan Manley, “A Skier’s Journey” has spent four separate years following professional skiers Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots across the planet – focusing not on glorifying big-mountain skiing, but on the human experience and culture of each location.
2016 represents the final year of A Skier’s Journey, with three concluding episodes representing Manley’s artistic effort to accompany Coots and Sayers to the atypical ski landscapes of Iran and China, with a significant return home to British Columbia.
The final season of A Skier’s Journey is especially significant for Manley, who suffered a life-threatening brain injury in 2014, leaving his career and the series in limbo. After a multi-year recovery, Manley, Coots and Sayers decided to reconvene for a final season that is a study in contrasts.
According to Manley, the series continues to portray skiing as the pursuit of a sensation, which includes a community of like-minded individuals and explorations of landscape. The characters are not defined as athletes, they are humans on a quest, curious about the world and seeking the simplicity of being borne by snow.
Manley describes the project as homegrown, small in undertaking, and ambitious in its desire to find meaning, revealing what can be learned from taking a step back and trying on a new perspective. “Discovering what unites us, without words, without rhetoric.”
The public is invited to join the Friends of the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center for this event.
Tickets are $15 at the door; kids age 10 and under free.
Snacks, beer and wine will be available. A raffle will be held to support the Mount Shasta High School Alpine Team.
For more information visit shastaavalanche.org or email@example.com.