Fans of Winter Sports Films Have Much to Look Forward to in January 2012

Winter sports fans that enjoy a good sports flick or two will have an abundance of options to choose from in January 2012. There are several film festivals taking place that will be showing a plethora of sports films.

Here are the details:

X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival

The X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival is set to take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 12-15. It promises a mixture of sports films highlighting skiing, snowboarding and ice climbing, as well as skateboarding and surfing.

Among the standouts in the lineup are the celebrated “Art of Flight” by Brain Farms Productions and “Solitaire” by Sweetgrass Productions. The festival is tentatively scheduled to take place at The Depot on West South Temple. No official word has been released yet on ticket prices or an exact schedule. I’d recommend keeping your eyes on the event’s website in the coming weeks for further details.

Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is scheduled to take place in Park City, Utah, Jan. 19-29. Some of the films on tap include director Jeff Orlowski’s “Chasing Ice” and director Greg Hamilton’s “The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising.” Of those, I think that “The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising” is a must-see. It is about skier Rick Finkelstein’s return to the sport after years of battling with health issues. Tickets may be purchased online and prices vary by selection.

Ski Channel Film Festival

The Ski Channel will be holding its first film festival Jan. 27-29, but don’t let the name fool you. There will be more than just 25 ski films shown during the three-day event. Winter sports fans will also be able to enjoy screenings of nine snowboarding flicks and 10 mountaineering films. There as so many visually stunning and moving films scheduled it is hard to single out just one.

I’d suggest you at least consider catching a showing of “Skiing Everest,” “Cold Rush” and “At Equilibrium.” The festival is slated to be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo. Ticket prices range from $10 per person for one film up to $35 for a three-day pass. Also going on at the same time is the SIA Snowshow, which will be offering up free skiing and snowboarding as well as demos and exhibitions. It, however, is a trade event and therefore is only open to select individuals. Additional details are available online.

My family enjoys winter sports and has traveled extensively.

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