It’s that time again.
The leaves have fallen and the lazy days of summer are just a memory. And just as the first flurries of snow begin to fall, Warren Miller shows up to celebrate the grandeur of winter.
For 48 years, this self-proclaimed king of the ski bums and ski movie mogul has been thrilling audiences with footage of daring leaps, stunning scenery and snow piled on snow. This year’s production, “Endless Winter,” takes that theme one step further and examines the addiction that playing in the snow holds for so many.
“Every minute of every day, somewhere on the planet, it’s snowing,” says Miller. And he has the footage to prove it.
From 21,000-foot peaks in Chacaltaya, Bolivia, to glaciers in Valdez, Alaska, Miller’s skiers and snowboarders dance on frozen water across the mountains. From indoor ski domes in Tokyo, Japan, to the back bowls in Ischgl, Austria, Miller is there, filming dazzling turns and amazing leaps.
But even with such exotic places on the tour, most of “Endless Winter” is set in the great snow playgrounds in the United States: Jackson Hole, Stowe, Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge and Heavenly, to name just a few.
As with most Warren Miller productions, much of the skiing is done by Olympic skiers like A.J. Kitt and Tommy Moe, and professional ski bums like Claus Obermeyer and John Tremann. But there is an abundance of lighter moments in “Endless Winter,” like the annual dirt skiing competition on a hill named Low IQ in British Columbia.
xxxx “ENDLESS WINTER” Location and time: Opera House, Nov. 18 at 6 and 9 p.m.; Timbers Cantina in Kellogg, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $11.50 for the Spokane showing, available at G&B; $7 adults, $5 children for the Kellogg showing, available only at the door