Adventure

Warren Miller Entertainment films in New Zealand

The WME film crew headed to New Zealand this week to shoot with big mountain skiers Ted Davenport and Sam Smoothy. Here are some images from their adventures so far.


Athletes Sam Smoothy and Ted Davenport (Chris Davenport’s younger brother) wisely both dressed to stand out on camera.

Athletes Sam Smoothy and Ted Davenport (Chris Davenport’s younger brother) wisely both dressed to stand out on camera.

Davenport and Smoothy are dropped off by the helicopter and wait to ski their lines. They both spent a few days skiing and filming with the WME crew…

Davenport and Smoothy are dropped off by the helicopter and wait to ski their lines. They both spent a few days skiing and filming with the WME crew for the 2011 flick.

Ted Davenport, recent winner of the World Heli Challenge, was joined by New Zealand local and World Heli Challenge competitor Sam Smoothy.

Ted Davenport, recent winner of the World Heli Challenge, was joined by New Zealand local and World Heli Challenge competitor Sam Smoothy.

Smoothy and Davenport skied with Southern Lakes Heli, just outside of Wanaka and Queenstown.

Smoothy and Davenport skied with Southern Lakes Heli, just outside of Wanaka and Queenstown.

With access to over 5,000 square kilometers of skiable terrain, Smoothy and Davenport had plenty of southern-hemi style snow to explore.

With access to over 5,000 square kilometers of skiable terrain, Smoothy and Davenport had plenty of southern-hemi style snow to explore.

Renowned WME videographer, Tom Day, made the trip down to NZ to shoot with these big-mountain athletes.

Renowned WME videographer, Tom Day, made the trip down to NZ to shoot with these big-mountain athletes.

Sam and Ted discuss the intricacies of sheep farming at Nokomai Station.

Sam and Ted discuss the intricacies of sheep farming at Nokomai Station.

The sheep at Nokomai are herded into a pen prior to shearing.

The sheep at Nokomai are herded into a pen prior to shearing.

Various blades are used to shear the sheep’s wool, which can be made into clothing.

Various blades are used to shear the sheep’s wool, which can be made into clothing.

Smartwool uses the wool from sheep at Nokomai to craft their socks, sweaters, baselayers, and t-shirts. Merino wool is known for its silky-softness…

Smartwool uses the wool from sheep at Nokomai to craft their socks, sweaters, baselayers, and t-shirts. Merino wool is known for its silky-softness and ability to stay stink-free.