Warren Miller’s latest comes to Vail area
Vail, CO Colorado
The latest Warren Miller flick, “Wintervention,” visits some pretty remote places in pursuit of deep powder and steep pitches. Among the locations are Antarctica, Alaska, Norway, Austria’s Arlberg region and the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia -not the state, the country that borders Russia. And as cool and relatively untouched as some of those spots are, it warms the heart to see our beloved mountains splayed on the big screen. This year Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn rips it up in Vail’s Back Bowls and local Warren Miller longtimer Chris Anthony shoots down Beaver Creek’s Stone Creek.
“We shot 90 percent of the Beaver Creek footage in Stone Creek during that late 28-inch dump in April,” Anthony said. “I just got back from my heli camp in Alaska and ran into one of the Beaver Creek patrollers and they told me a storm was coming. She predicted 28 inches and guess what, she nailed it.”
Anthony called a cameraman from Warren Miller who met him in Beaver Creek. The two got first chair and “hit Stone Creek fast,” Anthony said.
Anthony hiked up the mountain five times to get the shots needed for the film and his hard work paid off. Attendees at the local showings of “Wintervention,” tonight and Saturday at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek and Sunday at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, will see Anthony a few different times – including dropping off a cliff in the beginning of the credits.
For the shoot, the cameraman used a high speed camera that shoots at 350 frames per second to get “the ultimate slow motion shot,” Anthony said. “It was very time consuming,” but worth it since the footage was used to open the film.
Golden girl Lindsey Vonn took time off from her busy racing schedule last spring to take part in “Wintervention,” her first-ever Warren Miller film, she said.
Vonn’s segment in the film was filmed in April, at the end of ski season. The camera follows Vonn as she blasts down steep powder lines in the Back Bowls all while yelling “I’m psyched I finally got a power day.”
“The snow was perfect,” Vonn said during an interview this week. “It was like every powder day in Vail – light and fluffy and I got face shots on every turn. It was a great day and a lot of fun.
The experience was all the sweeter since it was one of Vonn’s very rare free skiing days, she said.
“I don’t usually get a chance to free ski so I was enjoying it,” she said. “I hiked some trails, which I would rather not have done, but it was a lot of fun.”
Unfortunately Vonn missed the Denver premiere earlier this month due to a raging snow storm that closed nearby roads.
“I was in car for five hours, but it was a blizzard and they shut down the passes in both directions so I had to take detour,” she said. “It was a nightmare on the road … but a good days for skiers.”
High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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