The Vernon Ski Club is not only preparing for its annual Ski Swap this weekend, on Nov. 14 it celebrates the beginning of the ski season with the screening of the latest Warren Miller film.
Ticket to Ride is Miller’s 64th ski and snowboard film. It explores the close relationship between humans and our vast natural environment, as the sport’s best skiers and snowboarders take an action-packed journey across the globe to shed light on the significance of being aware of your surroundings.
Hosted by U.S. ski team member Jonny Moseley, the film features a number of Olympians and world-class athletes, including one familiar face to these parts.
In the film, Vernon-raised professional skier Josh Bibby, now based in Whistler, can be seen smashing snow ghosts in the backcountry of Montana with American skier Tyler Ceccanti.
A competitive freeskier who trained at Silver Star Mountain, Bibby is now focusing the majority of his time skiing in the backcountry and working with the industry’s leading photographers and cinematographers.
“This past season was an outstanding season for myself,” he says on his website. “I was able to film with Level 1 Productions, Poor Boyz and Warren Miller Entertainment, all leaders in the ski film industry.”
In Ticket To Ride, Bibby joins the likes of World Cup champions and Olympians Seth Westcott and Ted Ligety, legendary ski mountaineer Chris Davenport, and young freeskiers Colby West and Sean Pettit. Gretchen Bleiler hits the pipe in Aspen.
The film was shot on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, the fjords of Greenland, the Alaskan Tordirllos, Montana’s Big Sky country, Switzerland’s Mt. Eiger and Norway’s Alesund region.
Warren Miller’s Ticket To Ride premieres in Vernon at the Towne Cinema Nov. 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film shows at 6:50 p.m.
“Film attendees have a chance to win exciting prizes, meet local athletes and get access to exclusive, high-value savings from film tour partners,” said John Armstrong, Vernon Ski Club program director.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased Saturday at the Vernon Ski Club Ski Swap at the Vernon Recreation Complex, from the club at www.vernonskiclub.ca, Vernon ski shops, or at the door.