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“Climb to Glory” Legacy of the 10th Mountain Ski Troopers

We collaborated with The Colorado Ski Museum to produce a special, 45-minute documentary that tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers and how they transformed the U.S. Ski Industry after World War II.

Info on hosting your own screening of "Climb to Glory" here.

To purchase a copy of "Climb to Glory" in a BluRay/DVD combo pack, please visit our Gear Store.

Produced by Warren Miller Entertainment in partnership with the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum, Climb To Glory tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers and how they championed the U.S. Ski Industry following World War II. The Mountain Division came into existence on July 13, 1943 at an Army base in the Colorado Rockies known as “Camp Hale”. The Division trained at 9,200 feet above sea level and honed their skills to fight and survive under the most brutal mountain conditions. After participating in a major turning point in the War, these heroes returned home from Italy as pioneering individuals and helped expand skiing into a lifestyle sport with ski resort development, product innovation, instruction and everything in between. Narrated by Olympian and future Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee Jeremy Bloom and inspired by Warren Miller Athlete Chris Anthony, Climb to Glory highlights the 10th Mountain Division Vets’ astounding impact on our country and the ski industry while incorporating the fun and flair of Warren Miller films.

To host your own screening of "Climb to Glory," contact John Shafer, jshafer@aimmedia.com, or 303-253-6342.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN: "Climb to Glory" is available now. Subject to market availability. 

HOW: Warren Miller Entertainment will provide the movie.  In addition to your DVD (or BluRay), WME will provide promotional materials, including posters, flyers, etc. You select the venue, place the advertising, gather sponsors, sell the tickets and run the show.  WME is available for consultation but the arrangements and presentation are up to you! 

FORMAT: DVD; or BluRay 

COST: Upfront guarantee/deposit versus a percentage of Gross Ticket Sales, whichever is greater.  Fee is negotiable depending on market, type of screening(s), number of showings, ticket price, etc.

WHY: Great fundraiser and marketing tool for your community, company, organization or group; or just a good way to make some money doing something unique and fun!

To host your own screening of "Climb to Glory", contact John Shafer, jshafer@aimmedia.com, or 303-253-6342.

Autism Skis at Extreme Sports Camp

Got Autism? Get Moving!

Imagine a ski vacation where everyone in the family is having fun and learning to ski – including your child with autism. Programs such as Extreme Sports Camp’s Autism Skis program based out of Snowmass, Colorado, teach children and adults across the autism spectrum and of any athletic ability how to ski or snowboard.


At Extreme Sports Camp, professional ski instructors are trained in autism-friendly teaching approaches. The instructors are supported by ski buddies who are autism specialists, there to nurture social and emotional competence and enable more complex motor movements involved in skiing with the instructors. After an initial assessment, an individualized, goal-directed ski curriculum including longitudinal, itemized data collection of progress is implemented. Participants are challenged yet savor success and the immediate and long-term benefits of skiing, leading to increased self-esteem and appreciation of the outdoors and an active lifestyle!



“Our son has benefited enormously from participating in this ski program for the past two years. His confidence and sense of independence have risen significantly," says one parent testimonial. “He felt really welcome, included, and part of a family.”



“We’re especially excited about our peer mentorship programs,” says executive director Deb Sullivan Gravelle. “Working in complement with our sports instruction program, local students participate in our après-ski activities with campers in a similar age bracket. We’re also having some of our campers participate in mainstream ski lessons offered by Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, with the aid of a 1:1 ski buddy. These programs build our campers’ social skills and expand understanding and acceptance of autism on behalf of our community.”



Autism Skis at Extreme Sports Camp is an example of healthy, natural, activity-based learning through the ever-lasting sport of skiing. Got Autism? Get Skiing!


Ski programs run from Christmas time until ski closure in early April. Scholarships and family stay options are available. School and organizational groups are welcome. Call or e-mail Extreme Sports Camp for more information at (970) 927 3143 / info@extremesportscamp.org, or register at: extremesportscamp.org. Extreme Sports Camp, Inc. is a 501(3)(c) non-profit in operation since 2004.

Chris Anthony's Youth Initiative Project

The Mission of the Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project is to improve quality of life through introducing youth to educational enrichment opportunities.

Warren Miller Entertainment is proud to partner up with Warren Miller Athlete Chris Anthony and his Youth Initiative Project. Do you have a 4th or 5th Grader? Set up a school visit with Chris Anthony. In his school visits, Chris calls upon segments from Warren Miller films he has appeared in over the last 24 years to take kids on a global journey with a simple message: if you can dream it, than set a goal for yourself and reach for it.

To learn more about his Youth Initiative Project which includes school visits, visit ChrisAnthony.com/youth-initiative

The Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project will launch it’s scholarship program in 2013/2014. The goal is to provide financial assistance or scholarship through relationships with creditable organizations to deserving youth who have an interest in educational enrichment opportunities or courses in the field of athletics, music, academics, and arts.


Would you like to support this opportunity? Be part of the Project’s Scholarship Fund. Make a tax-deductible donation here:
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Booking Contact: Kelly – Skidynamic@hotmail.com


Why I Love to Ski or Ride Video Contest

We invite you to enter the Warren Miller Entertainment Video Awards for the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend initiative. Help us show the joy and exhilaration of skiing and/or snowboarding through your visual expression.

Want to share your passion for skiing and snowboarding? Would you like to let others know how much fun they can have on snow?

We invite you to enter the Warren Miller Entertainment Video Awards for the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend initiative. Help us show the joy and exhilaration of skiing and/or snowboarding through your visual expression.

Your entry will be posted on our special Facebook page. Your friends and others will be able to "vote" on your work. We also have a panel of three judges who will choose their favorites.

Each of three finalists will receive a jacket from The North Face and a year-long subscription to either SKI or Transworld Snowboarding magazines.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

Warren Miller Entertainment is Pro Snow

The Warren Miller Entertainment organization as a whole is a stakeholder in winter, and our crews have observed, firsthand, changing snowfall levels across the globe. Through this partnership with the Climate Reality Project we hope to expand the dialogue with the winter sports community about protecting our winter lifestyle.

For more than 63 years, Warren Miller Entertainment has entertained millions of winter sports enthusiasts with an annual film that celebrates the world’s best skiers and riders in the most breathtaking and unique locations. For us and our millions of fans around the world, winter hasn’t truly begun until the latest Warren Miller film is released.

Warren Miller Entertainment is Pro Snow. Everyone in our organization—film crews, athletes, and HQ staff—is a stakeholder in winter. We depend on the snow to maintain our lifestyle and our livelihoods. Our lives are enriched when we have an incredible snow season. When we don't, we are all at a loss.

It is clear that our planet is changing, and not necessarily for the better. Our crews have observed, firsthand, changing snowfall levels across the globe. Glaciers are melting. Weather patterns are changing. Ski seasons are getting shorter. And it falls on us—as filmmakers and Pro Snow advocates—to ask why, and what can we do about it.

Warren Miller Entertainment is proud to partner with the Climate Reality Project. Through this partnership we hope to expand the dialogue within the winter sports community—including our industry partners, athletes, and Warren Miller fans—about how to protect our winter lifestyle. Our goal is not to convince anyone that climate change is happening. Our goal is to build an unparalleled assembly of stakeholders across all walks of life and across the political spectrum who will proudly align themselves with the “I Am Pro Snow” campaign.



Climate Change: Quick Facts

  • Our climate is warming up, and this change is man-made. When we burn dirty fuels like oil, coal, and gas, we pollute our air and heat up our planet.
    • Here's how it works: Dirty energy releases carbon dioxide, a pollutant that has a warming effect when it enters our atmosphere. Since the Industrial Revolution, more and more carbon pollution has been trapped in the atmosphere—warming the Earth like a blanket.
  • Climate change isn't just a problem for the future. It's happening now, and we can already see the consequences.
    • The last decade was the hottest decade on record. Globally, nine of the ten hottest years on record have occurred since 2000. This September was tied for the hottest September on record worldwide.
    • In the continental United States, July 2012 was the all-time hottest month on record, and this year is on track to be the warmest year ever recorded.
    • Winters are getting shorter and mountain snowpack is declining, both in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Global climate disruption doesn't just make it warmer. It leads to dirty weather: extreme, devastating events like floods, droughts, heat waves, and wildfires.
    • This year, the most severe drought in decades affected more than half the United States. More than 1,800 counties were designated disaster areas. Corn and soybean prices reached record highs. 
    • Pine trees in the American West are dying at epidemic rates, a consequence of beetle infestations that are exacerbated by high temperatures and drought. 
    • Extreme rainfall in the spring of 2011 led to one of the worst floods on record on the Mississippi River, and more than 1,300 daily rainfall records were broken across the Midwest and South.
  • Would we still have bad weather without climate change? Absolutely. But climate change makes extreme weather happen a lot more often. 

We have a choice. We can continue to pollute with dirty energy like oil, coal, and gas. Or we can make a transition to clean energy like wind, solar, and energy-efficient homes and vehicles. Clean energy is increasingly affordable, reliable, and available today.

 

Climate Change and Mountain Recreation

  • Mountain glaciers and ice caps outside Greenland and Antarctica are losing about 150 billion tons of ice every year. The loss of glaciers is increasing the risk of avalanches and landslides in some areas of the world. 
  • Ski seasons are getting shorter, meaning less time on the slopes each year. In some Western states, spring melting now happens about two weeks earlier than it did in the 1970s. 
  • Intense storms, severe droughts and heat waves are becoming more frequent and severe. This kind of extreme weather can make outdoor recreation uncomfortable, inconvenient, or even dangerous—whether you play outside in the winter or the summer.

Meet the Climate Reality Project & Warren Miller Entertainment Athlete Team

Ted Ligety

U.S. Ski Team veteran Ted Ligety is known for pushing the boundaries of ski racing. At the age of 18, Ted became a member of the U.S. Ski Team and went on to win a gold medal at the 2006 Olympics. Since then Ted has continued dominating, with six National titles and 11 World Cup wins. Ted’s determination and passion for the sport is evident on and off the slopes—he is also the President of SHRED Optics.

After years of traveling the world to race, Ted has witnessed first hand the impact of climate change. He believes that bringing awareness to the issue through educating his generation will help make a difference and preserve the earth for generations to come.

Kaylin RichardsonKaylin Richardson

Ten-year U.S. Ski Team vet Kaylin Richardson is a four-time National Alpine Champion and two-time Olympian. As Ambassador of Skiing at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, she fell in love with the backcountry of the Wasatch Range and decided that the big-mountain scene was her new home.  This past season Kaylin made her film debut, appearing in Warren Miller's 63rd film, Flow State, and winning the Freeskiing World Tour's North American Championship.

Kaylin calls the mountains both playground and office. Her involvement with The Climate Reality Project is a testament to her love for a healthy eco-system, whether it’s the snowy mountains or the tropical rain forest.  She believes that climate change cannot continue to be ignored and is committed to helping protect the longevity of our planet.

Douglas Stoup Douglas Stoup

Doug Stoup is a professional adventurer, environmentalist, ski mountaineer, educator, and father. Stoup has many firsts to his name including the first ski and snowboard descent of Antarctica’s highest peak (Vinson Massif 16,077 ft), The first male to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the Geographic South Pole, Stoup has skied to both poles more than anyone on the planet.

Stoup continues to push the limits of human endurance while educating students about Planet Earth through his Ice Axe Foundation. Doug is also one of the founding members of the International Polar Guide Association.

Jackie Paaso Jackie Paaso

Jackie Paaso leapt onto the big-mountain scene in 2008 with aggressive lines, strong skiin,g and memorable airs. She became the second female in more than a decade to win the Freeride World Tour's Sickbird Award for having the best line among both women and men. Since then, she has had many successful appearances on the competitive freeskiing circuit.

As a skier Jackie saw the effects of global warming firsthand during her trip to Svalbard, Norway, with the Warren Miller crew this past spring. “I expected to see so much more sea ice in the area and instead most of it was melted and that came as a huge surprise. It's one thing to hear about global warming but when you see it make a significant impact in an area it really gets you thinking, how can I help?”

Chris Anthony Chris Anthony

A long-time international competitor, Chris has also traveled extensively as an athlete and on-screen personality with the Warren Miller team. Between shoots and sponsor appearances, Chris hosts specialized ski programs through his company, Chris Anthony Adventures. In addition, Chris coaches at Portillo, Chile's Camp of the Superstars and writes for several publications. He founded the Youth Initiative Project and has also authored a guide book.

Chris is pro snow and would like to see our grandchildren have powder days too. If he brings climate-change awareness to a million people, he'll feel like he has made a difference.

Julian Carr Julian Carr

Known to some as the Flying Yeti, Julian Carr pushes the limits of extreme skiing with awe-inspiring cliff drops and appearances in major ski films, including Warren Miller’s Flow State. Julian is a recipient of a Freeride World Tour Sickbird belt buckle, has had his writing featured in multiple publications, and is the CEO/Founder of Discrete Headwear.

Julian will talk ad nauseum about snowpack, terminal velocity, and angle of impact. He believes we have the resources and intelligence to make a difference. He is pro snow, pro earth, and pro natural harmony.

Blake Nyman Blake Nyman

Blake is a committed innovator who has tried a wide range of skiing disciplines. He toyed with snowboarding, then moved on to skiercross and big mountain. At age 17, Blake became an X Games first alternate. He then moved on to slopestyle, big air, and rail, and then began filming with various production companies—including Warren Miller. With his varied abilities in frontcountry and back-, Blake is the definition of a contemporary skier.

Blake spends more than 150 days skiing each season and the rest of the year adventuring elswhere. He can attest, through first hand experience, that climate change is happening now. Blake believes we must instigate sustainability now so our kids can have a future.

Keely Kelleher Keely Kelleher

Keely grew up in a canyon in Montana, and mountains and rivers became her obsession at a very young age. Big Sky Ski Resort facilitated Keely's obsession for skiing and soon led her to racing. She traveled the globe as a World Cup Ski Racer for eight seasons and founded the first ski-racing camp for girls in North America, Keely's Ski Camp for Girls, in 2011. She continues to compete in big-mountain events such as the Rahlves Banzai Tour.

Keely was taught at a young age the importance of taking care of our planet. Being an outdoor enthusiast, Keely strongly believes it is her responsibility to educate and communicate to others the real problem of climate change. Keely feels it is imperative to lead by example and illustrate to youth that climate change is real. She likes to tell the girls, "Ski with a purpose, live with a purpose." Keely believes that the next generation needs to know how to combat climate change, and hopes that her camp takes part in that process.

The Bring a Friend Challenge

Win prizes by introducing at least one newcomer to snow sports this winter. Take the challenge and get rewarded.

This year’s Warren Miller Entertainment flick, Flow State, is poised to do more than just get snow-lovers amped for the coming season. A new partnership between Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM) and WME’s Film Tour aims to bring greater exposure to this beginners’ initiative to introduce more athletes to snowsports.

Now in its fifth year, LSSM partners with resorts and resort associations to provide special offers to beginners and those who want to improve their skills. Most partners offer beginners a lift ticket, lesson, and rental package at discounted rates during the month of January. In return, LSSM provides a dedicated platform and communications tools to help resorts get the word out about their learn to ski and snowboard programs.

This year, WME’s Film Tour and LSSM are promoting the LSSM ‘Bring a Friend’ challenge, which ran as a trial last year and proved very popular. Skiers and snowboarders who bring a friend to their favorite mountain for lessons with a professional instructor can enter a prize-drawing by signing up on the BAF website. According to LSSM executive director Mary Jo Tarallo, research indicates that friends and family introduce the most newcomers to snowsports, whose participants account for only 3-4% of the US population.

Therefore, in order to help provide a little incentive for more of these would-be role models, the Bring a Friend challenge is expanding beyond a one-month time frame. “The challenge starts December 17 and ends March 17. Starting the first week in January, we will hold weekly prize drawings to reward eligible current skiers and snowboarders who help newcomers sign up for lessons. At the end of the time frame, we will select the winners of the three trips being offered - to Utah, Idaho and Vermont. The trips are for the 2013-14 season and are intended for both a current participant and the newcomer he or she introduced,” said Tarallo. 

The partnership with WME’s film tour, which holds shows in populous, diverse areas, will allow the program to reach a broad audience. “What better way is there to get someone excited about skiing or snowboarding than to bring them to a Warren Miller film? They are energizing. It's about leveraging an existing audience to generate a new one,” says Tarallo.

Last year, resort partners in 33 states opted to be a part of Bring a Friend and LSSM. Since its’ inception in January of 2009, LSSM has generated over 255,000 new beginner lessons, according to Tarallo. Momentum has been building, as last year, partners reported providing nearly 100,000 lessons for children and adults in January of 2012, she said.

By tapping into the well-known theme that skiing with your friends is one of the best aspects of the sport, LSSM looks poised for another successful year. “It is very satisfying to know that a major media entity like Warren Miller Entertainment is willing to step up to the plate to help us expose more people to these sports,” said Tarallo. “As a small industry we have to pool our resources to be successful.”

More information about these programs can be found at SkiAndSnowboardMonth.org and BringAFriend.org, or at a Flow State movie showing.

Warren Miller Entertainment Partners With The Climate Reality Project

Warren Miller Entertainment is announcing an unprecedented partnership with The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore.

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Warren Miller’s Flow State

The world’s leading winter sports filmmaker announces a strategic alliance with The Climate Reality Project, founded by former Vice President Al Gore.

 

Boulder, Colo. – September 25, 2012

Warren Miller Entertainment, producer of award-winning action films for 63 years, is announcing an unprecedented partnership with The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore. Flow State, the latest installment of Warren Miller Entertainment, chronicles the travels of the world’s premiere adventure skiers to areas impacted by climate change. As part of “I Am Pro Snow,” a soon-to-launch Climate Reality Project campaign highlighting the impacts of climate change on winter sports, Former Vice President Gore will attend a showing of the film in November 2012.

This groundbreaking agreement will combine the reach of two major organizations, using compelling footage to promote awareness of the global climate crisis.

“Beyond the global scientific consensus about the climate crisis, we can now look in our own backyards to see the impact of man-made climate change,” said Gore, chairman of The Climate Reality Project. “Anyone who spends time on a ski slope or in the backcountry can see how this crisis is changing weather patterns and ecology, with major impacts on the outdoor activities we enjoy with our friends and families. Climate change is a reality that is here, today.”

Warren Miller’s Flow State guides movie-goers to the top of the world’s most spectacular peaks, taking fans on an exhilarating journey across the globe.

Through this partnership, Warren Miller Entertainment will bring attention to the climate reality that the film crew witnessed firsthand in Svaldbard, Norway, such as the lack of sea ice in the region.

“Warren Miller Entertainment has an incredibly passionate audience that celebrates winter to come every fall… Going to the Film Tour is a family tradition that has been passed down to generations to embellish their lifestyle. A lifestyle that all of us are deeply connected to and thus our mission is to help The Climate Reality Project raise awareness via our film and foster a community of movie-goers and ski industry partners whose passion and livelihood depend on a sustainable future,” said Johnny Alamo, Executive Director, Partnerships & Strategic Alliances at Warren Miller Entertainment.

Warren Miller’s Flow State is a film about a place of singular focus and connection with the environment that, in this place, the faster you ride, the slower time passes. The Flow State exists anywhere crisp winter air shocks your lungs and sunlight refracts off snowflakes, allowing you to emerge from this state improved – and more aware of your surroundings.

About the Climate Reality Project

Founded and chaired by Al Gore, Nobel Laureate and former Vice President of the United States, The Climate Reality Project seeks to uncover the complete truth about the climate crisis. Through its 5 million members and supporters, partnerships, and programs — including the Reality campaign — it is working around the globe to confront the reality of the climate crisis. The Climate Reality Project is guided by a bipartisan Board of Directors that includes accomplished leaders from the worlds of business, public service, entertainment, communications, climate and environmental advocacy, and scholarship. For more information, please visit www.climaterealityproject.org.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS 

Partnerships & Strategic Alliances

Johnny Alamo, 303-253-6413, johnnya@warrenmiller.com

National PR

Anna Hogan, 303.253.6300, annab@warrenmiller.com

Bo Morris, 407.808.3310, bo.morris@bonniercorp.com

 

The Climate Reality Project:

Bill Rigler, 917-415-0612, bill.rigler@climatereality.comhttp://climatereality.com

 

 

Conscious Alliance

Conscious Alliance and Warren Miller Entertainment are teaming up to host an ‘Art That Feeds’ Food Drive at the screening of the new film Flow State at the Boulder Theater.

Conscious Alliance and Warren Miller Entertainment are teaming up to host an ‘Art That Feeds’ Food Drive at the screening of the new film Flow State at the Boulder Theater. All attendees who donate 10 non-perishable food items or $10 to the Food Drive will receive a FREE custom Warren Miller poster created by Anthem Branding! We will be hosting a Food Drive at each of the shows on Friday, November 9th and Saturday, November 10th.

Dates & Times

November 9th - 6:30pm & 9:30pm

November 10th - 3:00pm, 6:00pm & 9:00pm

Donation bins will be located outside the main entrance of the Boulder Theater where Conscious Alliance volunteers will trade poster redemption vouchers for your non-perishable donations. Posters can be redeemed at the Conscious Alliance table inside the venue anytime during or after the show.

Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low-sodium and health oriented products. ORGANIC food donations are especially encouraged. Ramen noodles will NOT be accepted for a free poster.

Most Needed Items for an ‘Art That Feeds’ Food Drive: canned soups & stews, pasta, tomatoes & tomato sauce, rice, canned fruits & vegetables, tuna, oatmeal, whole grain/low sugar cereal, peanut butter, beans, baby food.

Thank you for your continued support in feeding the hungry!

 

 

Conscious Alliance is a national nonprofit organization committed to hunger relief and youth empowerment. Since 2002, the Boulder, Colorado based 501(c)(3) has provided 1.5 million meals to communities across the United States. Operating through ongoing, grassroots food collection – mostly by organizing ‘Art That Feeds’ Food Drives at concerts and music festivals – donations to Conscious Alliance benefit food pantries nationwide and economically isolated Native American reservations. The organization raises awareness of the extreme poverty on many of these reservations, which are among the nation’s poorest communities, and provides opportunities for Native American youth to explore their creativity and develop strong ties to their culture.

Find out more about Conscious Alliance at consciousalliance.org.

SheJumps.org Announces GET THE GIRLS OUT

SheJumps is a non-profit that strives to increase female participation in outdoor activities by building upon a supportive community that inspires its members to reach their highest potential. This Saturday, 2/11/12, kicks off GET THE GIRLS OUT, a campaign to bring the community of female skiers and snowboarders together on mountains across the country, if not the world, for one day.

SheJumps.org announces GET THE GIRLS OUT, a campaign to bring the community of female skiers and snowboarders together on mountains across the country, if not the world, for one day. On February 11, 2012 women all over the country will be encouraged to utilize the resource of the SheJumps community to celebrate their love for the mountain lifestyle by taking the mountain by storm with new and old friends in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Once per month for the remainder of the ski and snowboard season, SheJumps Chapters across the United States will be hosting informal gatherings on the slopes, both with and without costumes, to GET THE GIRLS OUT and grow the community of women in the outdoors!

Click HERE to look for planned locations and keep checking back for updates. If your mountain isn't on here but you would like to plan an event, email jenna@shejumps.org or claire@shejumps.org and you will be added to the list!

get the girls out from Lynsey Ann Dyer on Vimeo.

Warren Miller Entertainment Reflects on Veteran’s Day, 11.11.11

As a small token of appreciation for the service that our US troops provide this country, Warren Miller Entertainment sends our annual feature film to a handful of oversees army bases each fall. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we decided to share a letter that we received earlier this week from an Air National Guard Captain in Afghanistan. Please enjoy this heartfelt read, helping us to remember the meaning of this important day.

As a small token of appreciation for the service that our US troops provide this country, Warren Miller Entertainment sends our annual feature film to a handful of oversees army bases each fall. Our efforts to share the latest Warren Miller film with our troops is always vastly appreciated…even if the gesture does seem small and insignificant against the turbulent backdrop of an ongoing war. However, over the years, we have learned that a little slice of home goes a long way for the men and women of our armed forces who are deployed overseas…and our slice goes an even longer way for those troops who like to ride POWDER. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we decided to share a letter that we received earlier this week from an Air National Guard Captain in Afghanistan. Please enjoy this heartfelt read, helping us to remember the meaning of this important day.

 

Dear Warren Miller Entertainment,

... A few months ago, my wife contacted you wondering
what she could do about helping me catch this year's premiere while I would
be deployed to Afghanistan.  Through my wife's concern and your cooperation
and generosity, we just held a premiere for *Like There's No Tomorrow *at
[airbase], Afghanistan!

When my wife told me about your willingness to help us enjoy this year's

movie, I couldn't wait to see it.  However, the impact it had being watched
over here was more than I could have imagined.  Once I received your
posters, I immediately started to hang them all over base to let people
know what a great gift you had sent us.  Instantly, the skiers started to
come out of the woodwork.  I knew trying to host a premiere here would be a
challenge but when all the Warren Miller fans started to surface, it all
came together.

The Aircraft Maintenance Commander started everything by agreeing to let us

use his Hangar. Mind you the Hangar had an aircraft in it that was being
repaired.  However, it was as good a theater as any other.  The
Hospital staff pitched in by giving us 14 sheets to make the surface of our
screen.  Our crewmembers "acquired" a fork lift and some wood and
before we new it, we had a 12'x14' elevated movie screen.  Speakers, a
projector, and a lot of wires managed to find their way in to our
possession, and so long as we can get them back before people notice
they're missing, we'll probably be good.  Even the USO pitched in when they
heard Warren Miller would be in town and they provided all the food and
drinks we could have hoped for.  Before we knew it, we were hosting a
pretty good movie premiere in the middle of a war zone.

I am deployed here with my Air National Guard unit as a pilot that transports
troops, airdrops supplies and evacs wounded soldiers.  The crowd included
Doctors and Nurses that deal with the real brutality of the war and work miracles everyday. 
We sat with the bravest soldiers who serve at remote outposts around the country. 
There was mechanics, that stayed up late to watch the movie and then worked twelve
hour shifts so that the planes would never stop flying.  From Colonels to
the newest recruit, the crowd was a great cross-section of everyone serving
here.  I guess I'm trying to speak to the atmosphere that your movies
create when they bring people from all different backgrounds together for a
brief moment that they all can enjoy.  Enjoy is exactly what we did.  A
great crowd, a great movie and a great night.

So, on behalf of all of those that were able to watch this year's movie

(thanks to your generosity) I want to convey our appreciation.  One of the
soldier's said it best at the end of the movie:  "..with the lights off,
and that movie playing, I actually forgot where I was."  What you did for
us was incredible and I hope those last few words express our gratitude.
 To forget that you are watching Warren Miller where everyone is required
to be carrying a gun, to forget that we are somewhere that takes us away
from our families for as much as a year,  to forget that everyday here we
say goodbye to heroes that won't return alive;  to forget all this even for
an hour is something we will always be grateful for.

To you and everyone that helped us watch this year's Warren Miller, Thank

You!


Respectfully,

Anonymous, Capt

Afghanistan

 

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