FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 16, 2009

HANS SAARI MEMORIAL FUND Announces “UP THERE – SKI FILM FEST”

Bozeman, Montana….The Hans Saari Memorial Fund announces its first foray into the world of film fests with the presentation of the UP THERE Ski Film Fest on January 14th and 15th 2010 at the Emerson Center for the Arts in Bozeman, Mt. The film fest will be highlighted by two feature films sure to catch the attention of the ski mountaineer. The January 14th show will highlight Mike Marolt’s and Les Guthman’s Skiing Everest, a 2009 Aspen Filmiest selection that tells the story of a tight-knit band of Aspen skiers who progress from skiing in their own backyard to an attempt at the world’s highest peak. The second night will motivate the most hardcore armchair athlete as Swift. Silent. Deep. – The Story of the Jackson Hole Air Force has its Bozeman premier. This widely anticipated tale of legendary Jackson skiers has been creating buzz everywhere it shows.
Food and libations with tunes by DJ AJ immediately follow the shows.
Raffle prizes will be given away nightly and include:up-there-poster-low-res1
o    3 days and 2 nights skiing in Jackson
o    3 days and 2 nights skiing in Aspen
o    Men’s AT package from Black Diamond and Volkl
o    Women’s AT package from Dynafit
o    Backcountry Avy package from BCA including transceiver, pack, probe, and shovel
o    26 days of skiing at Big Sky, Bridger, Moonlight Basin and the Yellowstone Club
o    A North Face Gear Cache.
o    And prizes from Powder magazine, the North Face, and more.
This event is a benefit for the Hans Saari Memorial Fund. Come see some quality films, socialize, and have a chance to win awesome prizes – All for a great cause. If you can’t attend, go to www.hansfund.org and show your support by donating to the Fund.

About the Fund: The Hans Saari Memorial Fund was established in 2001, following Saari’s death while skiing in the Alps. Saari had gained an international reputation as a writer and adventure columnist. He was highly regarded for his ski expeditions, many of which yielded first descents from some of the world’s most challenging peaks. The mission of the HSMF is to foster an appreciation for skiing and its personal challenges, alpine environments, and mountain cultures by promoting ski exploration and education.