NEWRY – Last winter spelled misery for snowmen and skiers alike.

There was lots of rain, and little snow.

But winter sports enthusiasts persevered, including two filmmakers, who made a film about the winter’s ski season.

With footage shot at Sunday River Ski Resort, Christopher James and Geoff McDonald of Meathead Films of Burlington, Vt., also created the Heat Harvest Superpark at the resort, where athletes performed ski and snowboard tricks for the camera.

This was filmed on a closed set of the “White Heat” trail.

The movie “Snow Gods” will premiere Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Shipyard Brew Haus, down the street from the resort. It’s one of many events going on at Sunday River this weekend.

Doors will be open all night. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

James, who is originally from Bath, said that he and McDonald picked Sunday River because the resort had an interest in hosting the film shoot.

The two do one film each year. They got their start when they were attending the University of Vermont. Their films are produced strictly on the East Coast.

This year they plan on traveling up and down the coast, featuring 50 spots for winter sports, James said.

James and McDonald will attend Saturday’s premiere.

Sunday River communications Director Alex Kaufman said the resort expects to open Wednesday or Thursday, depending on how much snow it can make.

Thanksgiving marks the start of the first big holiday weekend, Kaufman noted, and events will carry on through Sunday.

Over the weekend the resort is holding its annual demo days. Skiers can try out the latest equipment from more than 20 companies.

A renovated Foggy Goggle will reopen, Kaufman said, hosting $3 pitchers of beer and featuring a live band and giveaways.

Inside the White Cap Lounge Saturday starting at noon, there will be a jam session for skiers.

The Tin Mountain Round Up starts Monday. People bringing three cans of food to the welcome center can get a lift ticket for $20.


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