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Best of VIMFF comes to Whistler

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What: Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

Where: MY Place

When: April 4

It’s hard enough getting down to the grocery store around here, let alone making it to Vancouver for a film festival. But that’s okay because the festival is now coming to us.

The sixth Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is making its way to Whistler armed with the top selections for our viewing pleasure. The crown of the cache is local hiking guide and ski patroller, Dave Sarkany’s award winning film, Chilko Lake On Ice , which took grand prize at the festival a few weeks back. Sarkany will present his stunning documentary and host a separate slide show uncovering his favourite hiking and kayaking routes around the Coastal Mountain range. A great primer with spring fast approaching, Sarkany will show you how to get to some spectacular spots and what to expect.

Also in the mix will be the first showing since its Vancouver premiere of the full Front Range Freaks movie. If you attended the Banff or Telluride best of fests earlier this year, you would have caught a small teaser on this funny film. Featured rock climbers include the late soloist Derek Hersey; Paul Glover the "dyno-mate"; Naomi Guy in her traditional climbing outfit and Biscuit "the Lynn Hill of the climbing world."

Also on the must-see list, is Geronimo , a movie about Polish climber Marcin Tomaszewski, and Into The Thunder Dragon , the story of extreme mountain unicyclists Kris Holm and Nathan Hoover's wild journey across the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

Tickets to the April 4 show are $9.95 with proceeds going to the Jim Haberl Fund, in the process of building a hikers hut in his memory in the Tantalus Region. Ph: 604-935-8418.

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