For the second year, the Chattanooga Ski Club had a exhibit table on Saturday during the 2020 Lookout Wild Film Festival at the Tivoli Theater. The Lookout Wild Film Festival is a four day event held since 2013 featuring a variety of terrific national and regional outdoor and conservation documentary films on subjects such as skiing, rock climbing, kayaking, trail running, and preservation of endangered wild areas.
The Chattanooga Ski Club was one of several regional outdoor sport and conservation organizations offering information to the varied audience members. Many who stopped to speak with us were surprised that Chattanooga has a ski club. Many who talked to us said they had never skied or had not skied in many years. Having a presence at events that attract a lot of people interested in skiing, snowboarding and/or travel may help with future membership recruitment.
There were three movies on skiing, which fortunately are available in full on YouTube: "Lhotse," about two people who climb and ski in the Himalayas; "Zabardast," about a group of skiers and boarders who climb and ski in a remote area of Pakistan; and "REI Presents: Brotherhood of Skiing," about the history of black ski clubs. The hilarious cartoon, "Hors Piste," is sadly not available for free, but the trailer can be seen on Vimeo.
Thanks to our Publicity Chair, Suzanne Grueser; Joe Wilson, who prepared an informational poster for our table, and Tom DuBose, who coordinated this event with the film festival group. Thanks also to club members who volunteered at the event: Cindy Dees, Betsy Darken, Joe Wilson, and Tom DuBose. Many club members came to various sessions during the four days of the festival. It was great to see everyone there.