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Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011 3:41 pm

Whether you’re into alpine or Nordic skiing, there’s a film for you to check out this weekend.
The Fairbanks Alpine Ski Club will be hosting two showings of the new Teton Gravity Research film, “Light the Wick” at the Pioneer Park Civic Center Thursday and Friday nights at 7 p.m.
The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, meanwhile, is sponsoring Fairbanks’ first showing of the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s sixth annual backcountry film festival 7 p.m. Friday in the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center at Birch Hill Recreation Area.
The Teton Gravity Research film is a fundraiser for the Fairbanks Alpine Ski Club, a program that promotes downhill ski racing for youth 6-19 years old. Information on the program can be found at www.FairbankAlpine.org.
This year’s TGR film is 1 1/2 hours long and features “jaw dropping” footage from Petersburg, Alaska; Croatia; La Thuile, Italy; Pemberton, B.C.; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Idaho; Oregon, Utah and Washington.
The film “is about sparking the flame and watching the world’s best athletes blast off,” according to the Teton Gravity website. Check out a trailer of the film at www.tetongravity.com/light-the-wick/.
Tickets are $10 and $8 for students, and can be purchased at Beaver Sports and at the door. Sponsors for the TGR film are Beaver Sports, Fairbanks Creek Lodge and Mt. Aurora Skiland.
The backcountry film festival at Birch Hill includes several short films highlighting human-powered outdoor fun and reverie in the backcountry. The goal of the festival is to “promote the work of grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of non-motorized backcountry recreation and environmental preservation.”
Cost is $5 for ski club members and $8 for non-members. Children 6 and under are free.

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