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Triple feature of winter sports flicks this weekend at Squaw

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Squaw Valley Institute will present three extraordinary adventure and ski films — “Addicted To Life,” “Almost Ablaze” and “Higher” — Friday and Saturday.

In “Addicted To Life,” travel to the four corners of the globe, from Chamonix Mont-Blanc to French Polynesia, the Swiss Alps, the Pyrenees and the Spanish desert of Almeria.

The high adventure feature film showcases extraordinary feats from passionate athletes within wild, threatening natural environments. This is a globetrotting adventure with men and women who continually push their limits in extreme situations.

Two showings will be presented at the Olympic Village Inn at Squaw Valley on Friday, Dec. 26 at 5:30 and 8 p.m.

It marks the French film’s premiere in the United States and will be presented by its producer, Thierry Donard, with a Q-and-A to follow both showings.

Squaw Valley Institute and Teton Gravity Research will present Jeremy Jones’ films “Almost Ablaze” and “Higher” this weekend.

Awarded Film Of The Year at the 2014 International Freeski Film Festival, TGR’s “Almost Ablaze” is a global odyssey combining state-of-the-art cinematography and the most progressive riding on the planet.

Experience a new level of sensory overload as each athlete is wired for sound, immersing the audience completely in the moment.

Filmed on location at the Teton Range, hitting 5,000-foot dream lines; the war-torn Winter Olympic venues of Sarajevo; and untapped terrain of Sella Nevea, Italy and Revelstoke.

In “Higher,” Jones hits the slopes in Jackson Hole before heading to the Eastern Alaska Range and the Himalayas of Nepal. Witness the journey of one of the greatest big mountain snowboarders of our time.

Jones revolutionized backcountry snowboarding with “Deeper,” his 2010 ode to splitboarding and human-powered adventure.

His 2012 sequel “Further” took him to the planet’s most remote mountain ranges and earned him a nod as a 2013 National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year.”

Opening the presentation will be “Higher” film soundtrack artist Matt Reardon on sound design, and special appearances by TGR athletes for Q-and-A following the film.

One showing of “Almost Ablaze” will be presented at 5:30 p.m., and one showing of “Higher” will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Olympic Village Inn.

Food/beverages and cash bar will be available. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. SVI members are always admitted free. Tickets can be reserved at http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.

This article was submitted to the Sun by Squaw Valley Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting programs that span a variety of topics including the environment; film and entertainment; education; health and wellness; music; world affairs and extreme sports.