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Local pro skier Chris Anthony to promote Warren Miller memoir, Dec. 1

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On Thursday at The Bookworm of Edwards, pro skier Chris Anthony will be sharing his personal insights on Warren Miller films, while the audience will get a rare treat of seeing some behind-the-scenes bloopers and cuts.
Braden Gunem | Special to the Daily

If you go …

What: Behind the Scenes look into Warren Miller films with Chris Anthony.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards, 295 Main St., Riverwalk at Edwards.

Cost: $15, includes appetizers; a portion of all tickets will be donated to Chris Anthony’s Youth Initiative Project.

More information: Call 970-926-7323, or visit www.bookwormofedwards.com.

EDWARDS — Escaping the indoors can lead to unthinkable adventures. Whether that adventure is your first run down a slope or traveling to unknown lands and immersing yourself in a new culture, Warren Miller would say that is the place where freedom is found.

In celebration of Miller’s new autobiography, “Freedom Found,” professional skier Chris Anthony will share stories of working with Miller and his team today at The Bookworm of Edwards. Anthony is a Colorado native who spent most of his life competing at an international level in both cycling and skiing. For the past 27 years, he has been featured in the big-mountain movies famous for their raucous crowds and extreme snow sports.

Known as one the first and foremost action sports filmmakers, Miller brought sports to life on the screen. From his first film in 1950, “Deep and Light,” he has directed almost 40 sports films himself and been involved in the production of many others.

Having taken a step back from directing the films, 92-year-old Miller recently released his memoir, which shows an entirely new side of his story. “Freedom Found” reveals his personal life behind the scenes, painting an even more formidable picture of the man behind the lens.

‘The Rest is History’

His personal victories in various trials and heartaches speak volumes to the fans of the films. And now Anthony wants to help one of his biggest mentors tell the tale.

“The Warren Miller team found me during an all-mountain competition that took place in Vail,” Anthony said. “I finished second behind one of my idols, Mike Farney, who then chose me to join him for a Warren Miller shoot in France. The rest is history.”

In addition to working with the Warren Miller team, Anthony founded the Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project in 2014. The mission of this foundation “is to improve quality of life through introducing youth to educational and enrichment opportunities.” A portion of every ticket to The Bookworm event will be donated to the Youth Initiative.

Working with the Miller team, Anthony has been a part of adventures he never expected.

“It’s been an amazing experience,” Anthony said. “What can I say? It has been one heck of a fun educational ride.”

Anthony will be sharing his personal insights on the films, while the audience will get a rare treat of seeing some behind-the-scenes bloopers and cuts.

“There are honestly too many great memories in the past 27 years to pick one favorite,” Anthony said. “But I will do my best to share quite a few at The Bookworm.”