It’s become one of the most popular holiday time events in Vernon, and those coveted tickets make a great stocking stuffer.
Fans of extreme outdoor adventure tend to line up for Vernon Search and Rescue’s presentation of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.
Previously held in November, with two shows after Christmas, this year’s 23rd annual Best of Banff screening takes place at the Performing Arts Centre Dec. 29 and 30, and tickets are already flying out of the box office.
Bringing Banff to audiences around the globe, the world tour features a selection of the best films from around the globe.
This year, there are 30 films on the world tour circuit (Vernon SAR has not released which ones they will screen as of press time). They run the gamut from ice and rock climbing, trail running, skydiving, base jumping, alpine skiing, mountain biking, paddling and other adventures. (For more information visit https://www.banffcentre.ca/banff-mountain-film-festival-world-tour).
Funds from the Vernon screening go towards much needed safety and rescue equipment as well as training for the Vernon Search and Rescue volunteer unit.
According to the Vernon SAR website, the unit currently has approximately 65 volunteer members that are on call 24 hours a day through the use of pagers and an automated telephone system. Volunteers are kept busy with an average of 40 tasks annually, equivalent to an average of some 5,900 man-hours annually, excluding training and administration.
Presented by National Geographic and The North Face, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2015 starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25 each. As of press time, very limited tickets were available for the Dec. 29 screening, with only 20 available for the Dec. 30 show. Call the Ticket Seller box office at (250) 549-7469.