From ski films to an aircraft carrier |

From ski films to an aircraft carrier

Veronica Whitney
Special to the DailyTwo years ago, Warren Miller movie star Chris Anthony spent 20 days with Marines in their winter warfare training facility in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. This week, Anthony is visiting sailors on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

AVON – These days, Warren Miller movie star Chris Anthony has swapped ski slopes for a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean.Anthony, an Avon resident who has starred in Warren Miller ski films for the past 16 years, was invited to give a motivational talk and present a segment of one of the films to about 5,000 sailors and Marines on the U.S.S. Nimitz.”It’s a morale booster – anything that gets their mind off their current situation by showing the joys of the world,” Anthony said before leaving for the Pacific earlier this week.

U.S. Navy Commander Ed Buclatin invited Anthony to speak to the troops and show them a segment of “Storm,” made two years ago, in which Anthony trains with Marines at a winter warfare facility in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California – a mountainous environment very similar to Afghanistan.”This is an important opportunity that allows us to tell our Navy story by embarking government, business, academic and civic leaders on a Pacific fleet aircraft carrier operating off the coast of California,” Buclatin said. For 20 days, Anthony and the Marines experienced the meaning of being a team in a winter combat environment, he said.To Anthony, who will spend one night on the carrier, one of the most exiting parts of the trip – which has been in the works for two years – is being flown in by jet.

“I’ve been delayed because every time I was going to speak to the troops, they got deployed,” he said.Aside from starring in Warren Miller films, Anthony also speaks frequently corporate groups and children.”The speech I have prepared is larger than skiing,” he said. “It’s life experiences through my travels in the Middle East. It’s a way of entertainment for them. “I am flattered to have the opportunity to go speak to people who are protecting our country and our freedom to ski,” he said.

Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or Vail, Colorado

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