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Apparently this film is so awesome, someone had to pilfer it last month when it was slated to screen at the Wilma. Thankfully, though, another copy of Warren Miller's Wintervention was procured, so you'll be able to check out this epic powder flick for yourself this week. But, in the interest of enticing you, here's a little primer on it. It features icy cool footage of riders like Chris Davenport, Jonny Moseley and Lindsey Vonn hitting up towering terrain in Alaska, Norway, Canada and even Antarctica. I've only watched the trailer, but admittedly I'm awed: It includes a number of impressive shots of Davenport and his cohorts busting out crazy spins, death defying descents and fast shredding and carving in the backwoods. Powderhounds will be sorry if they miss this.

Here's something else you should know: The screening is also a benefit for the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation, a nonprofit that provides avalanche safety education and awareness through such things as snow reports, and a number of clinics on avalanche awareness and other pertinent topics.

Warren Miller's Wintervention screens at the Wilma Theatre Sat., Dec. 11, at 6 PM and 9 PM. $10/$8 advance at Rockin Rudy's, Bob Ward & Sons, and The Trail Head. Tickets from the November screening will also be honored at the door. Visit

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Get tips on the best mountaineering gear to use during your upcoming winter adventures when REI Missoula hosts a "Mountaineering Basics" class, which begins at 7 PM at REI, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2. Free. Visit to RSVP and call 541-1938.


Get into the Nordic ski groove when the UM Outdoor Program hosts a "Beginner Cross-Country Ski Trip" on Dec. 12 that's open to first timers and those looking to get back into the game. $30, with registration due today. Call 243-5172 to RSVP.

Get your pow pow face on and carve it up on a newly reopened ski hill when Teton Pass Ski Resort, located near Choteau, tentatively opens for the season. $29 full-day pass/$23 half-day pass. Visit for directions and call 466-2209.


Be the avian ogle master you have always wanted to be when the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) presents "Saturday Discovery Day: Winter Birding Workshop," where you spend the day with bird watcher Brian Williams learning about winter birding—and take a trip to Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge to put your knowledge to use—from 9 AM–4 PM at the center, 120 Hickory St. $25/$20 MNHC members, with registration required. Call 327-0405 to RSVP and visit

Have a hootin' good time when the Five Valleys Audubon Society embarks on a half-day field trip in Missoula Valley to watch researcher Denver Holt capture, band and record data from long-eared owls—and hear about the owls' adaptations in vision, hearing, flight and plumage—starting with a meet-up at 9 AM in the middle of the UM Adams Center parking lot. Free. Dressing warm is encouraged, as you'll be outside for 2–3 hours. Call Larry at 549-5632 and visit

Go ahead and shred with your Uncle Ted when Moonlight Basin, 1020 Hwy. 64 near Big Sky, announces its full opening for the season starting around 9 AM. $58 full-day pass/$49 half-day pass. Visit and call 993-6000.


Tonya Harding will thankfully not make a cameo appearance when the Missoula Figure Skating Club presents "Holiday on Ice," a series of solo, duet and group performances by club members and folks from its Skate Basic Skills program, which begins at 4 PM at the Glacier Ice Rink at the Western Montana Fairgrounds, 1101 South Ave. W. Free, but donations are appreciated. Visit


Learn how to buck up and run around town when it's colder than the Dickens during "Stay Motivated to Run Through the Winter," a panel discussion sponsored by Run Wild Missoula that features expert tips from seasoned runners, starting at 7 PM at Runner's Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave. Free. Visit

Those in the Flathead can get the good word on bird ID when the Flathead Audubon Society meets for a presentation on identifying winter birds by Dan Casey, starting at 7 PM at The Summit, 205 Sunnyview Lane in Kalispell. Free. After the presentation, stick around and hear about preparations for upcoming Flathead Valley Christmas bird counts. Visit

Keep those hums to yourself when the Five Valleys Audubon Society meets to hear about the flight of hummingbirds from Bret Tobalske, a professor at UM in the biological sciences department and director of a field research station at Fort Missoula, starting at 7:30 PM in Room L14 of UM's Gallagher Business Building. Free. Visit


Figure out how to be ultra safe when roughin' it in the backcountry when the UM Outdoor program presents a "Transceiver Clinic," which meets from 9 AM–2 PM on Dec. 18 at the outdoor program's digs, in UM's Fitness and Recreation Center. $15. Registration is due today. Call 243-5172 to RSVP.


Go the Nordic way when REI Missoula hosts its "Cross-Country Skiing Basics" class, which offers you tips and info about getting into the winter sport, starting at 7 PM at REI, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2. Free. Visit to RSVP and call 541-1938.

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