Warren Miller, who died Jan. 25, 2018, was a ski bum with a dream. The New York Times wrote in his obituary that he was a World War II veteran and bought his first movie camera with …
Warren Miller, who died Jan. 25, 2018, was a ski bum with a dream. The New York Times wrote in his obituary that he was a World War II veteran and bought his first movie camera with a $100 Navy bonus. His first stop? He set off for Sun Valley, Idaho.
Fifty years and 500-plus ski films later, his name is synonymous with getting generations of snowsports enthusiasts stoked for the coming season. He was an early adopter of adding snowboarding to his films.
Warren Miller's "Face of Winter" will be screened Friday (Nov. 16) at 4 p.m. and at 7 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. An additional screening at the same venue is planned Saturday (Nov. 17) also at 7 p.m. Tickets for all shows is $10. For the Friday afternoon matinee only, kids 16 and under are free.
Warren Miller films do not disappoint. "Face of Winter" kicks off with the pulsing music that draws you into the heartbeat of a skier/rider about to descend the tightest lines.
The film's trailer on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ProI36TvP6k) shows the first-class cinematography that defines Warren Miller films. Long past the days of Miller's 16-millimeter movie camera, expect sharp video of multiple angles, overhead footage and slow motion to capture the jumps, flips, twists and deep-powder turns of the athletes on the slopes.
This film is brought to Taos as a collaboration between the town of Taos, Taos Ski Valley and the Taos Center for the Arts and is part of the national Warren Miller Film Tour. The Taos Center for the Arts manages the auditorium under a long-term lease from the town of Taos.
Dash Hegeman is the marketing manager at Taos Ski Valley. He explained that last year's one-day film showing was such a success, they decided to expand it to two days this year.
"We got a solid turnout of people excited about ski season. There was definitely zeal. It's great to see that enthusiasm," he said. With this week's snowstorm hinting at a better season than last year, he's probably right.
The film event will also be accompanied by raffles and giveaways. Some will be kid-focused, such as lessons at the Ernie Blake Snowsports School. And Taos Ski Valley will be raffling off a night at The Blake Hotel. For more information, call the venue at (575) 758-2052.
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