Mountain High 

I might not speak the Spanish so good, but let me say the word on the street is that the epic, puff-puff, gnar-gnar, atmospheric phenomenon known as La Niña will be sticking around for the 2011/12 snow sports season. If that isn't enough to get you to grab your boards and wax them in the living room immediately, perhaps the screening of the latest ski flick by Poor Boyz Production, The Grand Bizarre, as well as Oakley's The Ordinary Skier will not only whet your appetite for tasty-tasties but give you some real meat to chew on.

Bizarre follows fancy-pants skiers all over the world, through ridiculous half-pipes and bloody rail slides and down the steep-and-deeps of big mountain chutes. This is one of those movies that benefits from advancements in camera technology. The thing is just beautiful to look at, with epic landscape shots taken from helicopters and well-lit nighttime shenanigans. Skier, however, is a bit out of the ordinary as far as ski movies go. It follows pro Seth Morrison around Europe over the course of a couple years of little or no snow. The movie shows us little people that being a pro skier ain't all hot tub parties and the kind-grind. Sure it isn't, Seth.

The Grand Bizarre and The Ordinary Skier show at the Wilma Theatre, Thursday, October 13th at 7 PM. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 general admission and are available at Backcountry Freeskier.

click to enlarge CHAD HARDER

THURSDAY OCTOBER 13

The local Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) is meeting for a talk called Nature Connection, Personal Wellbeing and Culture Repair 7 PM at the Bohemian Grange, 125 Blanchard Lake Rd. in Whitefish. Call 862–7711.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 14

Mack Days continue to haul in the fun and the fish Fri.–Sun. up at Flathead Lake. Catch some Lake Trout. Win money. Duh. mackdays.com

SATURDAY OCTOBER 15

In conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Five Valleys Archery Club is holding an Archery for Amateurs day, with an introduction to basics, bow-hunting etiquette and elk ecology. 7752 Lower Miller Creek Rd. Free.

Hey Rube, you ever learn to use that GPS mee-maw got you last Christmas? Of course you didn't. No sweat, the fine folks at the Lone Pine State Park up in Kalispell have a GPS workshop scheduled for you and anyone else confounded by them contraptions. Call 755-2706 to register.

Bulls, Blues, and Brews sounds like my first night on the U.S.S. Kittyhawk; fortunately, it ain't. Instead, it's a fundraiser at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts held by the UM Environmental Law Group to promote laws to protect Montana's environment. Silent auction, music, beer and wine. You know, fundraiser stuff. 21 plus. 6 PM. 200 N. Adams St. $10.

The Walk by the Light of the Moon Series at the Larry Creek Group Camp, Bitterroot National Forest puts you around a campfire to hear historical Bitterroot Valley ghosts share stories of their lives and untimely deaths. 7–8:30 PM. Free. For more information visit fs.usda.gov/bitterroot and click on "Learning Center".

SUNDAY OCTOBER 16

It's fall, y'all, so go look at some pretty scenery in a short but steep 2 1/2 mile hike to Glen Lake offered by TRM. Call Steve at 721-4686.

We can do it! This and every Sun. through October, come to Ladies' Night at Freecycles from 2–6 PM to learn to build and fix bikes plus hang out with other chicks, 732 S. First St. W.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19

I bet you don't know what cyclocross is, right? Well, come watch some skinny dudes and ladies pedal bikes with skinny tires over and around some obstacles, some mud and some other competitors out at Fort Missoula. Better yet, participate. Start time, 5:45 PM. $6 per race. USA Cycling license required. montanacycling.org.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 20

10 Mountains 10 Years is a climbing documentary screening at the Wilma. Proceeds will help raise funds for Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's. (The Holiday Inn is hosting a pre-party.) $15. Tickets available at GrizTix locations or at summitforparkinsons.org

Camp Skip Out is exactly what it says it is. Kalispell kids can fool around at the pool or go bowling and, most importantly, play corn bingo from 7:30–5:30 Thurs. and Fri. $25 per day/$20 w/resident card. Call 758-7975.

Oh, you don't know how to make a tiara out of the natural materials in the garden? No big D, head on over to the Woodland Fairy and Elf Costume Workshop underneath the big silver water tower at Fort Missoula. Bring the kids or don't. I know you. I know how you are. You want your own tiara. (Supplies are $5). Please register at montananaturalist.org.

Like it or not winter is coming (like it), so you newbie bicycle commuters may want to go to REI's Basics of Cold Weather Commuting class and get the low down on staying comfy and smug as you pedal to and from work each day. 6:30–8 PM. Free.

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