By Jim Stanford on January 15, 2014
Staffers at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort have organized an inaugural Eco Night on Thursday, featuring a screening of the acclaimed documentary Chasing Ice.
Chasing Ice is photographer Jim Balog‘s attempt to chronicle the rapidly changing Arctic landscape. Balog placed cameras in some of the harshest environments on Earth and shot time-lapse images of glaciers for three years. He found mountains of ice disappearing.
Also at the intersection of skiing and climate change, writer Porter Fox will be in Jackson on Saturday night promoting his book Deep, which ponders diminishing snow and the sport’s uncertain future. Fox will sign copies of the book during a party at Q Roadhouse, and Lazy Eyes will perform.
Eco Night begins with apres-ski beer specials at Nick Wilson’s from 4 to 5:30 p.m., then shifts to Walk Festival Hall, where representatives of groups such as Energy Conservation Works (formerly JH Energy Sustainability Project) and Lower Valley Energy will be on hand to talk conservation. The film starts at 6:30.
A National Geographic lensman known for his stunning images of nature, Balog has talked about the genesis of the project during the Photography at the Summit workshops in Jackson Hole, and last spring the film premiered at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
The suggested donation is $5. All proceeds from the evening, including beer sales and raffle tickets, will benefit Hole Food Rescue, a nonprofit that steers leftover food from grocery stores to the elderly and needy.