Winter Park: Warren Miller film shows snow as the fountain of youth |

Winter Park: Warren Miller film shows snow as the fountain of youth

by Cyndi McCoy
Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park, Colorado ” There are some who like the long lazy days of summer. But there are the chosen few who consider themselves lucky to experience the shortest, coldest days of the year.

“When it’s cold and snowing, others run inside. But skiers and snowboarders do the opposite, no matter how old we are,” said Max Bervy, director and producer. “We are all the ‘Children of Winter’;” if you ski or ride, this movie reaffirms what we all know, that we’re lucky to know the shortest, coldest days of the year.”

What better way to condition your winter sports mentality than with Warren Miller Entertainment as the world’s largest action sports film makes tracks through Colorado during its 59th annual American tour. Two showings of “Children of Winter” are scheduled in the Fraser Valley.

When the company shoots a film, viewers are right there with some of the greatest winter athletes and in the world’s premiere locations.

With a combination of deep powder, huge air and sensational stunts, the film follows its successful predecessors with shots that capture the incredible energy of the talents (including Jonny Moseley, Daron Rahlves, Marco Sullivan, Seth Wescott and Wendy Fisher).

Fisher used to train in Grand County back in her racing days and now lives in Crested Butte, where she’s featured in the film with three other top female skiers: Rachael Burks, Lynsey Dyer and Grete Eliassen. She “liked being involved in the process of showing off (Crested Butte),” and said that the other ladies “had a great time and were impressed” with the ski terrain there.

She and the other star athletes seem to never grow old, pulling off stunning adventures with awe-inspiring abandonment.

Viewers also get to see some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. Highlights include long-time Warren Miller star Chris Anthony in one of the oldest and most dangerous skijoring events (in Leadville), Pep Fujas on Silverton Mountain, teen snowboard pro Ben Watts and surf legend Gerry Lopez on Mount Bachelor, and Jeff Annetts, Drew Stoecklein and Derek Foose skiing in Iceland. Other locations include Alaska, Japan, Austria and British Columbia.

“The film is about us being able to continue being kids. It is easy in snow,” said Anthony, who celebrates his 19th year in the film and is hosting the Winter Park show. His Leadville adventure is one of the craziest things he’s ever done “yet” for the annual film and he said it “might trump a few of my other nutty adventures with the Warren Miller.”

The captivating work is set to music by Radiohead, Spearhead (Michael Franti) and Beck. Footage also includes a performance by Stephan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), Eric Fawcett (N.E.R.D.), Adam Gardner (Guster) and Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) as “super group” Yukon Kornelius. The film also has several funny side shoots, as well as some BMX freestyle highlights.

The tour marks an official start to winter for sports enthusiasts and the Silver Screen Cinema offers an intimate setting which Operations Manager Fiachra “Fig” Stokes said presents “a fantastic opportunity to bring our latest feature to our Winter Park fans, who are just as passionate and enthusiastic as any fans (from) our bigger markets, and we love to see them year after year.”

Tickets are available at Ski Depot Sports ” (970) 726-8055 ” and at the Cinema box office.

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