Warren Miller Preview

Nov 032004
Authors: Sarah Rawley

With the snow accumulating in the mountains and the lifts

starting to crank, only one thing remains before ski season has

officially begun: Warren Miller’s annual ski movie.

“Warren Miller is the Marvin Gaye of the ski world. Always

setting the mood for winter fun,” said Ethan Billingsley, a senior

natural resource and tourism major.

This year’s flick, “IMPACT,” showcases four of Colorado’s

esteemed resorts, including Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Vail and

Steamboat, with plenty of steep chutes, backcountry champagne

powder and high jagged peaks to push the anticipation of Colorado’s

snow-savvy population into full throttle.

“(Warren Miller’s ski movies) always fire everybody up. It

serves as a pep rally for the season,” said Doug LaPlaca, director

of marketing for Steamboat. “The deep snow segment is incredible.

There is a guy skiing in a snorkel.”

Miller’s 55th annual show takes the audience on a global

journey, from death-defying 60-degree slopes in Chamonix, France,

to heliskiing in Alaska and shredding the chutes in Alberta,

British Columbia, and back south to Aculpulco, Mexico.

This year’s all-star cast of athletes features the most women

ever used in a Warren Miller movie. Including Charlotte Moats, Jen

Berg, and Hannah Teter, Olympians Wendy Fisher, Hannah Hardaway and

Kelley Clark, IMPACT proves that professional women skiers of today

are pushing the edge and daring the guys to keep up.

“I think it’s great that women are pushing the envelope and

getting the recognition they deserve,” said Chuck Olney, head of

global distribution for Warren Miller Entertainment. “All the

ripping females are psyched about being featured, finally showing

they are equal in what was once a male-dominated sport.”

And don’t forget Miller veterans Glen Plake and his notorious

Mohawk as he steps up the antics while waterskiing barefoot, and

Colorado’s very own Chris Anthony as he navigates the wide open

backcountry of Big Sky, Mont.

The youngest skier ever to be featured in a Warren Miller movie

is another Colorado native. Bridger Gile from Aspen is the fastest

4-year-old rider in the world.

“He absolutely rips,” Olney said.

Several other destinations perpetuate Miller’s reputable

cinematography, and with music from artists such as Yellowcard,

Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers, be prepared for a sensational

journey that will get the audience’s energy flowing almost as much

as the athletes on screen.

Everybody attending the show will receive a voucher for a free

early season mid-week lift ticket or 2-for-1 weekend to Copper

Mountain as well as to Winter Park/Mary Jane. Other perks are the

free raffles for equipment and gear, as well as infinite

distribution of free posters, stickers and deals from ski resort


For tickets to this year’s breathtaking, soul-pumping screening

of some of the ski world’s best athletes and locations, visit the

Lincoln Center Box Office at 417 W. Mulberry Ave. or Outpost

Sunsport, 931 E. Harmony Road for $14 reserved tickets. Showings

are at 8 p.m. Friday and at 2, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln

Center Performance Hall.

“The lift tickets are enough right there,” said Ben Floreck,

member of CSU’s Snowriders club. “I’m there, sign me up.”


What: Warren Miller’s IMPACT

Where: Lincoln Center Performance Hall

417 W. Mulberry Ave.

When: 8:00 p.m Friday

2, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: all seats $14 in advance

Available at Outpost Sunsport, 931 E. Harmony Road


Lincoln Center Box Office, 417 W. Mulberry Ave. (221-6730)

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