Celebrate the winter season by watching international athletes ski and board across the globe.
Outpost Sunsport presents the 64th installment of Warren Miller’s annual “Ticket to Ride” series which will be premiering at the Lincoln Center tonight.
The Lincoln Center, home of many live performances, may seem like an odd place to screen a film, but Randy Morgan of Outpost Sunsport has hosted it there for the past 30 years.
“It can fit 1,200 people and it has good acoustics,” Morgan said. “It’s a fun atmosphere.”
While the price tag is more than an average movie ticket, admission is well worth the cost.
Everyone who comes to the event will get a 2-for-1 Winter Park lift ticket voucher and three free days at Crested Butte. At intermission, there will be a drawing for winter skis, helmets and goggles. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a helicopter trip in British Columbia.
“It’s the best deal in Colorado,” Morgan said.
Chris Anthony, a Colorado native, has skied with Warren Miller Entertainment for the past 24 years. Anthony, a resident of Vail, grew up in Denver and learned to ski when he was 18 months old.
After watching Anthony perform in an all-mountain competition in Vail, Warren Miller Entertainment recruited him. He has been with them ever since the film “Extreme Winter” made its debut in 1989.
“I’m very lucky to be a part of it,” Anthony said. “It’s a dream come true.”
Besides having the ability to ski for a living, working with Warren Miller Entertainment gave Anthony the opportunity to create a non-profit.
With the Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project, Anthony created a scholarship and visits schools around Colorado giving inspirational speeches. Be on the lookout for Anthony in “Ticket to Ride” when the crew heads to Kazakhstan.
Warren Miller films are traditionally narrated by the man himself, but Miller hasn’t done so since 2004. Instead, this year’s “Ticket to Ride” will be narrated by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley for the seventh time in a row.
Aside from vintage clips, each year’s film is made from footage recorded the season before. This means that each new “Ticket to Ride” film documents the waxing and waning snow seasons while trends in the sport and technology evolve along with it.
Before the tour has ended, the film team has already begun planning filming locations for next year’s chapter.
“It comes down to what the athletes are capable of and are comfortable doing,” said Max Bervy, the managing director of Warren Miller Entertainment.
Morgan’s favorite aspect of the movie series is the travel element.
“I’ve been to Europe, so it’s nice to revisit those mountains and it’s cool to see all these other parts of the world,” Morgan said.
Along with the travel destinations included in the film, it integrates a variety of visual aspects to engage viewers.
“Warren Miller incorporates great athletics, humor and music,” Morgan said. “It’s an annual kickoff to the winter season.”
There will be a showing at 6:30 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $16 either online at http://www.fcgov.com/lctix/ or by calling the box office at 970-221-6730.
Collegian Entertainment Reporter Jefferson Geiger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.