What better way to ramp up for winter than with a full-length, cinematic skiing experience? On Nov. 1 and 2 at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Warren Miller’s newest film Timeless will take you on a journey across vast Colorado Rockies, dynamic European Alps, and British Columbian peaks. Miller’s 70th-anniversary film features athletes like the legendary Glen Plake and up-and-coming skiers Caite Zeliff, Jaelin Kauf, and Baker Boyd. Doors open at 6:30 and the film begins at 7:30 p.m.
The flick is packed with local influence and collaboration. Squaw superstar Jonny Moseley narrates the film, which features local skier Amie Engerbretson and is directed by Tom Day and produced by Robbie Huntoon. The film also features World Cup and big mountain skiers, as well as Tahoe legend and US National Ski Hall of Fame skier Plake.
“It’s incredible, looking at the fact that this is number 70,” said Moseley. “Every year, I still get that same feeling I got when I was a kid watching ski movies. I enjoy watching them now more than ever, and that is what Timeless celebrates.”
Day and Huntoon started their involvement with Warren Miller films in front of the camera in the early ’80s as skiers being filmed making their way down legendary peaks. Huntoon has skied in nine of Miller’s movies and has been producing films in the Lake Tahoe area for 37 years out of pure admiration and respect of the filmmaker’s captivating films.
“Main thing for me is I really enjoy putting the film on,” said Huntoon. “I like to see people having a fun night. My favorite part of the whole show is watching people leave when the film is over — they’re all excited to go out and ski, high-fiving, and saying thanks for putting the movie on.”
Day’s involvement with production started in 1984 as a skier, gradually transitioning to a role behind the camera. “I was able to work with several different cameramen who noticed my ambition to become a cameraman too, and they were really open to teaching me and encouraging me. They weren’t selfish at all. They were happy to help someone get started in the same work that they do.”
People keep coming back to see Warren Miller’s films because of their human element: the skiers. Every year, the team strives to incorporate new, rising-star skiers into the movies, along with seasoned veterans.
“We’re constantly having new talent in the movies, and it’s what those guys bring that makes the movie different,” said Day. “It’s a similar formula every year but it’s the human element and the physical places that make it different.”
Increase in the quality and the size of drones, along with GoPro technology and ever-growing digital camera technology, expands opportunities with every shot the videographers take. The production team uses visual storytelling to openly project the scene and put the audience closer to what’s really happening.
Much of the world has changed since Warren Miller started making ski films in 1949, but the passion of snow riders across the globe has remained.
Advance tickets are available at Tahoe Dave’s Skis & Boards (downtown Truckee and Tahoe City) or online at warrenmillermovie.com. Seating is limited and the show often sells out, so get your tickets now.
Main Image Caption: GETTING SHREDDY: Don’t miss the premiere of Warren Miller’s stunning film, Timeless, at the Resort at Squaw Creek on Nov. 1 and 2. Photo by Matt Hardy