Regardless of El Nino, There Will Be Ski Movies

Will there be snow or won't there be snow? Is it an El Nino year or a La Nina year? Cliff Mass says the former, but no one knows what the snowfall will be. Regardless, ski and snowboard movies continue to get made. Tonight's first screening of the season is In Deep, with winter athletes including Crystal Mountain's Ingrid Backstrom navigating big Alaskan couloirs. (King Cat Theater, 2130 Sixth Ave., 448-2829,, $15, 8 p.m.)

On Friday night in Fremont, local film company Wild Card presents How the Northwest Was One, which imagines a lawless future to the sport, where "outlaws and renegades struggle to survive in the mountains." The Western-style snow flick includes local riders like Nick Ennen and Patrick McCarthy, with some footage shot up at Stevens Pass. The launch party will also include new gear and designs for winter. If we have a winter. With live music by The Senate Arcade. Beer garden for those 21 and over. (Evo Gear, 122 N.W. 36th St., 632-7598,, $5, 7 p.m.)

And you can't have winter without movies from Warren Miller (no relation). The local skier, now retired to the San Juans, sold his company several years ago. But Dynasty will still bear his name. It plays Bellevue's Meydenbauer Center Nov. 14-15 and McCaw Hall Nov. 20-21. Tickets and details:

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