BEAVER CREEK — If you’re among those who pack the Vilar every November to see the new Warren Miller movie, you may recognize a few skiers from our region in this year’s film.
Of course there’s Vail Valley resident Chris Anthony, who’s been in years worth of Warren Miller films in strange and remote locations. This year, he heads back to Kazakhstan with a couple of newbies, JT Holmes and Espen Fadness.
Former local and ski legend Seth Morrison, who is often seen shredding slopes of Vail or riding Chair 11, rips it up in the Trodrillos (located northwest of Anchorage, Alaska) with a host of fellow pros.
And freeskier Colby James West, of Breckenridge, adds some enlightenment and humor to this year’s film.
Of course there’s many more legendary skiers in the film, but what former Vail resident John O’Neil, who now lives in Denver, said he enjoyed as much as the skiing in “Ticket to Ride” is the locations.
“They were in a lot of cool places in this one, for sure,” O’Neil said.
O’Neil and his fiancee saw “Ticket to Ride” in Denver last week during its major Colorado debut at the Paramount Theatre.
“It was pretty fantastic, definitely had me psyched up for the ski season,” he said.
Seth Morrison’s been a regular in great ski films over the last decade and said he enjoyed working on the Warren Miller project for the chance to ski the Trodrillos.
“Filming gives you the opportunity to go to some of those places, because it’s a group effort, it’s really hard to do something like that on your own,” he said. “You’re getting the access to places that normal people don’t get to go to.”
Morrison’s segment was a return to the Trodrillos for him.
“You’re by yourself in a ski plane, you land on a frozen lake ... it’s pretty remote,” he said. “I’ve been there before, when I originally started. Not much had changed. They had some more lodging, but that was about it.”
Warren Miller promoters are describing Morrison’s segment and the Trodrillos as an “epicenter of big lines.”
In addition to Morrison, there’s other big names in the film.
Besides being in Beaver Creek during the local premiere, World Cup champions and Olympians Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso are also in the film.
Mancuso joins Jess McMillan and Sierra Quitiquit in an all-female segment, exploring the expansive terrain that is Iceland’s Troll Peninsula.
In another segment that celebrates female snowriders, park and pipe veteran Gretchen Bleiler throws down in Aspen proving “girls can look like girls and still rip.”
There’s a snowboard segment in “Ticket to Ride” that takes place in Valdez and brings together two legends — Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill — for a rowdy, big mountain adventure.
Warren Miller crews say producing the annual feature film is always an exciting experience, but the uncertainty of future winters creates concern for ski filmmaking.
“This year, Warren Miller has offset the emissions impact from filming ‘Ticket to Ride,’ which is a small step toward creating a sustainable business for the future,” said Max Bervy, managing director. “As a stakeholder in winter, Warren Miller Entertainment is committed to using our voice in the winter sports community to help preserve our winters. Continuing our 64-year legacy, we look to make films that excite and inspire skiers and riders worldwide, and we must work with and impassion our audience to pass down the tradition and make positive changes for generations to come.”