From Alaska and Montana to Kazakhstan, Iceland and the fjords of Norway, Warren Miller Entertainment’s latest film, “Ticket to Ride,” features some of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders in some of its most exotic, challenging terrain.
Showings of the yearly winter sports adventure film at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on Friday and Saturday promise to leave viewers inspired for the upcoming ski season.
“That’s what it’s all about,” said Robbie Huntoon, a local resident who has arranged showings of the Warren Miller films each year for almost 30 years as a traditional “kickoff for winter.”
Huntoon is a former professional skier who has appeared in nine Warren Miller films, a series that dates back to 1950.
“The level of skiing, all the exotic locations. It’s a cool thing for the average person who may never go to Greenland or Alaska to ski, to be able to do it vicariously and experience all these places,” Huntoon said of “Ticket to Ride.”
As usual, athletes from the Lake Tahoe Basin make appearances in this year’s Warren Miller film.
Olympic medalist and World Cup alpine ski racer Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley skies the Troll Peninsula in Iceland with Jess McMillan and Sierra Quitiquit.
Michelle Parker of Tahoe City skies Greenland in a segment that also looks at the troubling impact of climate change in that country.
JT Holmes of Squaw Valley speed rides in Kazakhstan. Holmes combines skiing and paragliding as he launches off cliffs and makes his way down steep, rocky slopes in the remote Tian Shan range. Around the world in Colorado, Reno resident Trey Humphrey, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and amputee, hits the slopes on a sit-ski.
Lake Tahoe Basin residents also helped create “Ticket to Ride.”
Professional ski guide and polar guide Doug Stoup, of Squaw Valley, led the film’s trip to Greenland.
Tom Day, also of Squaw Valley, was the film’s photography director. Day has worked on about 20 Warren Miller films. This year’s film features awesome skiers with good personalities and a lot of great locations, he said.
“We got some really nice stuff from Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Switzerland,” Day said. He added, “This is definitely a year we went to a lot of interesting places on our planet. Somewhere you will be taken to a place you didn’t know much about and hopefully you will come away with a better understanding of it.”
People also should come away with motivation to get out and ski and snowboard this winter, according to Day. “That’s always our number one mission,” he said. “To inspire and motivate people and remind them why they love the sport.”