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‘Afterglow’ highlighted at this year’s Backcountry Ball at Sugar Bowl

Adam Jensen
Daron Rahlves will discuss the making of "Afterglow," a short ski film using LED suits, at Friday's Backcountry Ball at Sugar Bowl Resort.
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If you go

What: Backcountry Ball

When: 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12

Where: Sugar Bowl Resort

Tickets: $25

Info: http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org

Daron Rahlves has long lit up the slopes, but never quite like this.

The former Olympian and World Cup champion will talk about his role in Sweetgrass Productions’ recent ski film “Afterglow” at this year’s Backcountry Ball, which takes place Friday at Sugar Bowl Resort’s Mt. Judah Lodge.

The short film, released in October, features stunning images of skiers ripping powder turns in Alaska while wearing specially designed light suits.

“The intricate film shoot required Rahlves to wear a suit fitted with 7,000 LED lights, and ski through a surreal landscape illuminated only by spotlights and the glow of the LED lighting from his lightsuit,” according to a press release for Friday’s event.

“From the depth of the creative visuals to the groundbreaking, never-been-done-before scale of the shoot, ‘Afterglow’ is being hailed as one of the most cinematically profound ski movies ever made,” according to the release. “Deep pillows and Alaskan spines, all filmed at night, with massive lights, custom made LED suits, and a national governments worth of logistics, planning, and civil engineering.”

“It’s pretty impressive,” said Sugar Bowl spokesman John Monson about the film, which is available at http://www.sweetgrass-productions.com.

The Donner Summit resort’s open-boundary policy, neighboring terrain and backcountry programs have made Sugar Bowl a backcountry destination, Monson said. The Backcountry Ball, now in its fifth year, is a celebration of that backcountry community, he added. The event started as a true gala but has evolved to feel more like a hut trip among friends, Monson said.

The fundraiser for the Sierra Avalanche Center will also feature a slideshow from ski photographer Grant Barta, music, a large silent auction, dinner and drinks.

Tickets to the Backcountry Ball are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org under the “upcoming events” tab. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m.

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