Mountain High 

I began snowboarding during a dark time in our nation's history. A time when our fair nation was a fractured, divisive place. A time when we were intolerant, hateful and full of guile. This time was the '90s, and I was snowboarder in a skier's world. No more, though. We boarders and skiers are now united in our love of the pow-pow.

The Backwoods Project brings together both disciplines when they present Level 1's ski film After Dark and Think Thank's snowboarding-centric Ransack Rebellion at the Roxy Theater. After Dark is a wet dream of skiing godliness featuring a wide of array styles, from off-piste freestyle shenanigans to terrain-park hucking and street-style sickness. The film also has a couple of Montana rippers, Wiley Miller and Adam Delorme, going big all over North America, with a few dee-lish vignettes shot in Cooke City. When it comes to creativity and pure athleticism, Ransack Rebellion is top-shelf stuff. Riders use every surface imaginable—playground toys, cyclone fences, monster rails and a pile of miscellaneous junk: a jibber's delight. The funds raised by the films support the Backwoods Projects' efforts to build an affordable and accessible public terrain park and encourage an active lifestyle for Missoula's youngsters.

But wait, there's more. On the heels of one of the most ridiculous-looking film trailers ever made comes Red Bull Media House's The Art of Flight. Edge of the World is sponsoring this film showing at the Wilma, which focuses on big mountain backcountry, helicopters and uncharted territory. The event is a fundraiser for the Missoula Avalanche Foundation.

Ransack Rebellion and After Dark play at the Roxy Theater at 8 PM and 9 PM on Fri., Nov. 18. $10. backwoodsproject.org. The Art of flight screens at the Wilma Sat., Nov. 19, at 8 PM. $5.

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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17

The Montana Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology holds their fourth annual research symposium titled Connectivity and Conservation. University Center, 3rd floor. 8:30 AM. conbio.org/chapters/montana.

Get your little sponges down to the MNHC's miniNaturalists Pre-K Program so they can develop the necessary skills to cultivate a love of the outdoors. Kids ages two to five are welcome when accompanied by an adult. 10–11 AM. $1 for members, $3 for all others. montananaturalist.org.

A 2011/2012 season pass to Snowbowl gets you on the hill and into the Bayern Brewery's Groomer Keg Tapping Party. Try the new brew and talk about how sweet your Daffy Duck is. 4–6 PM.

You'll be climbing up a wall at Freestone Climbing Center's Ladies Night each Thursday. 935 Toole Ave. 5–10 PM. $6.50/$5 students.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18

The Montana Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology holds their 4th annual research symposium titled Connectivity and Conservation. University Center, 3rd floor. 8:30 AM. conbio.org/chapters/montana.

Sam's Spade Garden Tools and Wares down the Root in Hamilton is having its ninth annual open house, with nature crafts for kids and a raffle benefitting the Bitterroot Audubon Society. The prize is a half-day bird-watching float trip on the BItterroot River. 6 PM. Free.

Active outdoor lovers are invited to the Mountain Sports Club's (formerly the Flathead Valley Over the Hill Gang) weekly meeting to talk about being awesome, past glories and upcoming activities. Swan River Inn. 6–8 PM. Free.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19

Humans are weak and live in houses. Animals are badass pimps that live outside, but how? The Montana Natural History Center will teach the children how the critters do it during their Saturday Kids' activity Keeping Warm with Feathers and Fur. 2–3 PM. $3/$1 members. Ages five and up.

Children's author Donna Love will give a Powerpoint presentation on her book The Wildlife of Elk. It don't get much wilder than Powerpoint, am I right? 7 PM. Grizzly Claw Trading Co. Free.

The Art of Flight snowboard film sponsored by Edge of the World is the type of epic kind grind that will make you wish summer never existed. Wilma Theatre. Your $5 donation goes to the Missoula Avalanche Foundation. 8 PM.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20

Heck-darn if Great Divide ski area isn't gonna be open from noon until 4 PM. Why not. $10.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 21

Let me see your kayak roll, dip baby dip into the Grizzly Pool and learn the art of the Eskimo Roll in this two-night course. $45. 7:30 PM. Register with the UM Outdoor Program. 243-5172.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 22

Pull up the suspenders on the woolen knickers or slink into your spandex "Go" suit and check out the fun and frolic that is the five-day long Yellowstone Ski Festival in West Yellowstone. New trails, kids' clinics and a fashion show (fer sheezy!). yellowstoneskifestival.com

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24

Thanksgiving with the fam got you down? No big d. Tell 'em you got called into work and haul your hind end down to Big Sky Resort's season opener. Early season lift tickets are only $58. Yes, I am being facetious about the lift ticket price. bigkskyresort.com

Gobble, gobble, go! The Turkey Day 8K and 3K Family Fun Run is a flat out-and-back fun-a-thon on the Kim Williams Trail, beginning and ending at Toole Park. Prizes. Strollers and walkers allowed. Gloves for participants. Sounds like MSO to me. 9:30 AM. Go to runwildmissoula.org to register and for more info.

You'll be climbing up a wall at Freestone Climbing Center's Ladies Night each Thursday. 935 Toole Ave. 5–10 PM. $6.50/$5 students.

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