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)