Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Chris Anthony talks Warren Miller films
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Colorado native Chris Anthony was on the slopes at the age of 1 and hasn’t roamed far from the snow after all these years. His passion for the sport of skiing and the adventures that go with it has laid the groundwork for his life’s path.
Anthony is a fixture of the annual Warren Miller movies featuring winter sports athletes. Of the 67 Warren Miller Films produced, Anthony has been in 27 consecutive productions. When the film crew asks Anthony to jump, he simply asks “how high?” He is willing to go anywhere to get fresh powder and the perfect camera shot.
His experiences while filming the Warren Miller movies have been extraordinary. He’s been on the U.S.S. Nimitz aircraft carrier and trained with the U.S. Marine Corps at a facility in Bridgeport, Nevada. He’s viewed petroglyphs of ancient skiers in the Altai Mountains between China and Mongolia, skied on the equator and bridged cultural gaps in Iran.
But as much as Anthony likes to travel the world, he also likes to bring those experiences to school kids and inspire a new generation.
Although he has been speaking in front of kids for over two decades, he recently established his own 501(c) foundation. The Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project’s mission is to improve quality of life by introducing youth to educational enrichment opportunities. This past year, his Youth Initiative Project interacted with over 10,000 students and handed out scholarships impacting over 200 kids and is growing.
“It’s an amazing feeling. I just cleared four scholarships today that will impact around 70 youth,” Anthony said. “To have the ability to not only provide the mentoring and motivation but also the funding for educating kids and moving them in a direction that will enhance their future is truly rewarding.”
Learn more about Chris Anthony’s Youth Initiative Project at http://www.chrisanthony.com.
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