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Illinois Local Wins AFF/JHMR Great Ski-Film Getaway

Jackson, Wyoming – December 18, 2007 – The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and The Alpinist Film Festival announced today that Erin Sarsfield of Orland Park, Illinois, won the 2008 Great Ski-Film Getaway.

The Great Ski-Film Getaway presented visitors to and the opportunity to win four days of skiing at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and admission to all four nights of the 2008 Alpinist Film Festival, which is being held January 17?21 in Jackson Hole. Sarsfield was selected at random from the hundreds of entries. In addition to the skiing and film-going she is to enjoy, her package includes an all-expenses paid trip to Jackson.

A documentary film-maker herself (her first film, One Way Out, appeared in The New York Independent Film Festival), Sarsfield said of her win, “I’ve never been out to Jackson Hole in the winter before. My family has a home in Minocqua, Wisconsin, and we ski a lot there, but I’ve never skied in the mountains. I love film festivals, too. This is so exciting!”

Alpinist Film Festival Producer Leslie Bahn said, “We love to share our town, especially in the heart of winter. The Great Film-Ski Getaway is a perfect opportunity to let a visitor experience the magic of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort all day, and then to kick back and relax at night with some of the best films in North America. And the fact that Erin is a filmmaker herself makes her win even sweeter.”

Lisa Watson, Communications Manager of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, said of Sarsfield’s win, “We can?t wait to show her our skiing at the Resort. With December’s mid-season snowfall already exceeding expectations at the upper elevations, she’s almost guaranteed great turns in mid-January. We think she’ll have a hard time returning to Minocqua after her trip!”

The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival will feature its signature Snow, Surf and Stone nights January 17-19 at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village, Wyoming. A fourth evening, The People’s Choice Ceremonies, will present the People’s Choice award-winning films from the previous three evenings at the Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson. Tickets for The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival are $18 for the Snow, Surf and Stone nights and $20 for the People’s Choice Ceremonies. Tickets and additional information can be found online at To date, every event in The Alpinist Film Festival’s three-year history has sold out.

About The Alpinist Film Festival

The Alpinist Film Festival celebrates the adventure lifestyle across disciplines and generations with three nights of film in skiing, surfing and climbing. The Festival’s mission is to advance the art of cinematographic storytelling as it underscores the unity among the adventure lifestyle communities. A portion of every year’s proceeds are donated to charities that help preserve the places of our inspiration. Because one of these places is our planet, beginning in 2008, the Festival will purchase carbon offsets to counteract its carbon footprint.

About Alpinist Magazine

Hailed by Italian climbing legend Reinhold Messner as “The best climbing magazine in the world today,” Alpinist Magazine is an archival-quality, quarterly publication dedicated to world alpinism and adventure climbing. The pages of Alpinist capture the art of ascent in its most powerful manifestations, presenting an articulation of climbing and its lifestyle that matches the intensity of the pursuit itself. Alpinist has been awarded three Maggie Awards, for Best Quarterly/Consumer Division, Best Overall Design, and Best Electronic Newsletter, and was featured in a seven-page article in Outside Magazine (“The Purists”) in March 2005. The magazine’s editorial and publishing offices are based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and online at