VAIL, Colorado - Local pro skier Chris Anthony will take part in a retro fashion show, dinner and premiere of a documentary he created with the help Colorado Ski Museum and Warren Miller Entertainment called "Climb to Glory."
The event is Thursday at the Sonnenalp Resort. Tickets are $62 per person.
Cocktail reception is at 6 p.m., documentary is at 6:45 p.m., and a dinner and fashion show is at 7:30 p.m. Book reservations at 970-476-5429.
The film, narrated by Jeremy Bloom, is about the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, a group of highly skilled skiers and outdoorsmen who trained in the Colorado Rockies during World War II to become mountain warfare soldiers.
The film bridges the gap between what these men did during their time fighting and their impact on skiing and other outdoor sports in the years after the war. To accomplish this, Warren Miller Entertainment production team has spent the past 18 months researching, filming and interviewing 10th Mountain veterans, descendants, historians and ski industry experts.
"The result is an exciting and fresh look at a group of men who not only trained and fought to defend our country ... but through their ingenuity and can-do spirit, single handedly revolutionized skiing into the popular recreational sport it is today," Anthony said.
Anthony's friend and U.S. Ski Team alumni Bryon Friedman will be stopping in Vail on Thursday at 3 p.m. to make custom pairs of Soul Ski Poles. Friedman is going to set up shop at Vista Bahn Ski Rentals for a day and make custom pairs of bamboo ski poles.
"I have been begging to get a pair of these for a while and Thursday is the finally the day," Anthony said. "Not just for me but for anyone that would like him to make them a pair."
Soul Ski Poles are touted as having great performance and original style.
"Bring your connection with the outdoors even closer with poles made of materials that are recycled or grown, not mined," Anthony said. "The perfect choice for environmentally conscious skiers, fast-growing bamboo absorbs significantly more carbon dioxide and produces more oxygen than any other plant-curbing the polluting greenhouse gases that are warming the planet and threatening our snow."
The build includes the following:
• Bamboo selection.
• Custom sizing (builder can cut any size they desire).
• Shaping (to fit grips and tips).
• Grip selection (colors for an extra $10).
• Assembly of tips and grips.
• Custom basket selection - regular or powder baskets (colors for an extra $10).
For more information, go to soulpoles.com.