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Winter is here. Rather, it will be on Saturday with the region’s first showing of Warren Miller’s latest ski and adventure film, “Chasing Shadows.” The filmmaker’s 66th production follows the world’s biggest names in skiing and snowboarding on a breathtaking cinematic journey. Watch JT Holmes, Seth Wescott, Caroline Gleich, Steven Nyman, Marcus Caston and more as they pursue turns on the mountains of our dreams: Chamonix, Alaska’s Chugach, the Chilean Andes, Utah’s Wasatch and the mightiest range of them all: the Himalaya.

Presented by Mt. Rose - Ski Tahoe and RGJ Media at the Reno Ballroom, the Reno showing of Miller’s 66th film is more than just a movie screening. With athlete appearances, a Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows lift ticket for every attendee, Winter Expo, Monster El Niño costume contest and raffle prizes like skis from Moment Skis, the event is the ultimate kick-off to winter, organizers said.

Still on the fence about attending? Here’s six reasons to buy a ticket now:

See the show, ski Squaw for free

All attendees to the first regional showing of “Chasing Shadows” will receive a free adult lift to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, valid opening day through Dec. 19. The math is simple: pay $22.13 for a movie ticket (taxes and fees included), and receive a lift ticket with an estimated value of $120. The ticket price also includes entry to the Winter Expo, a chance to win raffle prizes abd more.

Meet the athletes

Organizers are gearing up for a slew of athlete appearances at the film screening, including Squaw Alpine ambassador Jonny Moseley, who narrates the film and is featured in the Deer Valley segment. Also planning an appearance is professional skier and athlete Kevin Quinn, owner and operator of Points North Heli-Adventures Inc. in Cordova, Ala. Local athletes like Cody and Logan LaPlante, Franz Weber, Grant Korgan and others are scheduled to attend as well.

Monster costume contest with a monster prize

In honor of this winter’s most valued guest, El Niño, attendees are encouraged to dress as their version of a “Monster El Niño.” The winner of the costume contest will receive a pair of skis from Moment Skis.

Have a Winter Expo experience

Before the show, the Winter Expo will host vendors like Bobo’s Ski Board, Diamond Peak Ski Resort, High Fives Foundation, High Fives Foundation, Michael Hohl Subaru, Moment Skis, Monopalooza, Mt. Rose — Ski Tahoe, Reno.com, RGJ Media outdoors reporter Ben Spillman, Sierra Avalanche Center, Sky Tavern, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, TapSnap and T-Mobile.

Win prizes by attending

During intermission event organizers will raffle off a number of prizes to attendees including lift tickets, gear, skis and more.

One winner will be chosen as a finalist to be elligble to win one of three Warren Miller ski vacations in Chile, Mont., or Park City, Utah.

Get educated

High Fives NonProfit Foundation, based in Truckee, will present a short film before the showing about mountain safety for youth and families. The Tahoe-based foundation raises injury prevention awareness while providing resources and to those who suffer life-altering injuries.

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