Chalet Theatre hosts Travis Rice’s ‘Dark Matter’ film

The show is at the Chalet on Jan. 29, and includes raffles for art and sports attire.

Extreme sports is once again coming to Enumclaw’s big screen.

Sponsored by local artists Benji Pierson and Logan Solomonsen as well as Enumclaw Ski and Mountain Sports, the Chalet Theatre will be hosting a free showing of “Dark Matter” on Jan. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Dark Matter” is a film co-produced by famed snowboarder Travis Rice, who has won numerous medals in his sport over the last two decades as well as being named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year in 2012.

Rice is known for snowboarding in exotic locations, and this film is no exception; he and fellow shredder Elias Elhardt traveled to the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Alaska for some heli-snowboarding on runs that go from 7,500 feet to 2,000.

“This is supposed to rival ‘Art of Flight’ for the best snowboarding movie ever made,” Pierson said, referencing Rice’s 2011 film. Dark Matter bills itself as “a celebration of space and time during incredibly unique conditions… in the remote Alaskan backcountry.”

Pierson, who himself is a snowboarder, describes Rice’s films like National Geographic meets Extreme Sports.

“It’s the best. Travis is the best, and that’s what you’re going to get with this movie,” he continued.

In addition to the free movie screening, there will be raffle tickets being sold at the event for various pieces of art made by Pierson and Solomonsen as well as various snowboarding apparel.

Pierson also hopes this movie event will help jumpstart a snowboarding culture here on the Plateau.

“We are the base of a really good mountain here, and we should celebrate that,” he said. “We should have a ski and snowboard culture… I know it’s here, and I just want to bring it out.”

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