Warren Miller flick set in Vail, Beav’
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – You might recognize some of the terrain in this year’s Warren Miller ski movie.
Both Vail and Beaver Creek mountains make appearances in the film, along with some familiar faces.
The local segments feature Olympian Lindsey Vonn and Chris Anthony, an Avon skier who has starred in Warren Miller films for 21 years.
“We lucked out with getting great powder shots,” Anthony said.
Screenings in the Vail area are scheduled for November. Movie showings throughout the U.S. and Canada are set to start in mid-October.
In one of the Vail segments, Vonn runs gates at the Golden Peak training area in Vail. Other footage follows her as she carves through powder in Vail’s Snag Park.
“It’s pretty exciting to see Lindsey ski powder because Lindsey doesn’t get to ski powder,” Anthony said. “She’s usually racing and training on hard pack.”
As for the Beaver Creek footage, Anthony said crews filmed him skiing the mountain’s Stone Creek area last spring after a 28-inch snow storm.
“We got the legitimate Colorado light champagne powder,” he said.
Anthony said he hiked Stone Creek several times to get the shots. He also worked with camera crews to get slow motion footage and spent some time skiing in Snag Park.
Although either Vail or Beaver Creek have appeared in Warren Miller movies in the past, they have never been featured together, as far as Anthony can remember.
“Vail Resorts sponsored the film this year, so they wanted to highlight their marquee resorts,” he said. “Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek and Heavenly are featured in one combination.”
“Wintervention,” is Warren Miller’s 61st ski film. The roughly 90-minute move follows famous riders like Jonny Moseley and Chris Davenport and takes viewers on a world tour of Antarctica, Austria, British Columbia, New Zealand, Norway, Alaska and Gudari, Georgia.
The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek will show the movie on Nov. 26-27. You can also catch the film at Battle Mountain High School Nov. 28.
With all the local shout-outs, the film could generate more excitment than usual this year.
“It’s definitely the kickoff of the season,” Anthony said. “I grew up as a skier so the Warren Miller films are just part of our culture and part of who we are. If you’re a skier or a snowboarder, that’s just part of the passion, I guess.”
Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.