Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Itís not the water, itís the DNA

Extreme skiers are born, not made in film ĎFlow Stateí

Express Staff Writer

Photo by Alex Witkowicz. Aurelien Ducroz and Jackie Paaso carry their skis in Svalbard, Norway.

Two 11-year-olds are engaged in a Ferris Bueller conspiracy. They are chatting on the phone, still in their pajamas, talking about the “rad” overnight powder and how to get out of school so they can go play in it.
“Mamas, don’t let you babies grow up to be snow shredders,” the narrator of Warren Miller’s latest ski flick, “Flow State,” offers. Then again, he concedes, “We’re all the same age in the flow state. If you raised an Aspen or a Toby, you already are one.”
Which explains why Toby Miller and Aspen Spora have little trouble persuading their parents to liberate them to the slopes around Lake Tahoe, Calif., for the day, even though it was a test day.
“I would have no life without skiing,” Aspen admits. “My life would be school, ping-pong and eating.” Presumably, that’s also true for his buddy Toby, who shares the inner sanctum of the zone, even though his instrument of choice is a board. Still, “Skiing is much better than school.”
Warren Miller Entertainment, producer of award-winning action films for 63 years, has formed a unique partnership with The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore. This Warren Miller film chronicles the travels of the world’s premier adventure skiers to areas impacted by climate change.
The groundbreaking agreement will combine the reach of two major organizations using compelling footage to promote awareness of global climate change.
In the usual humorous and awe-inspiring style, the film covers a lot of turf, following some of the best in the world pushing their personal limits in Japan, Alaska and other places with irresistible challenges. The film even goes back in history, revisiting the 10th Mountain Division in Colorado, the U.S. first mountain infantry. Seventy years since they skied to serve the country, the men remain bound by the love of the mountains. They are the original ski bums.
Maybe seeing the veterans will be a comfort to teachers frustrated by kids who skip school to ski. If you’ve got it in your DNA, you gotta go with the flow.
The movie is showing Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Sun Valley Opera House. Get tickets at the door or visit for more information.

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