Warren Miller's "Children of Winter" REVIEWED - Ski Mag

Warren Miller's "Children of Winter" REVIEWED

The WME crew does it again with variety, action, and a lot of heart.
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Lynsey Dyer at Crested Butte. Photo by: Jeff Cricco

BOULDER, Colo.

- Warren Miller Entertainment premiered the new film,

Children of Winter

to

SKI Magazine, Skiing Magazine

, and

SkiNet

employees last night, officially ushering the start to the 2008-2009 ski season.

Getting the title from the end of last year's movie,

Playground

,

Children of Winter

shows simply what we all feel when we see that first snow flake and temperatures start to drop: childish, unadulterated excitement.

The film journeys through several locations from Okemo to Silverton to Iceland to Japan, stopping and focusing on the small parts of this sport that we all appreciate. A segment in Vermont includes members of the band Yukon Kornelius learning how to snowboard and then rocking out with Jason Biggs and Dee Snyder on stage. A scene in Iceland showcases a new "bro-mance" between three phenomenol athletes and how swimming in Scandinavia might not always include tons of coverage, but will include a miniature viking helmet. And a scene with Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte demonstrates how a ski-legend can balance babies on her hip then shred big-mountain lines.

The film is just fantastic. A real sense of excitement is held throughout each segment with a killer soundtrack and amazing editing, provided by the Schneider family. The music consists of all A bands with singles you definitely have heard on the radio and lost treasures that typically don't see a lot of play. Bands range from Michael Franti and Spearhead to Radiohead to Cream to Mason Jennings. Genres like country, rap, folk, and rock aren't left out, but showcased in a way that anyone can relate to. After each section, the viewer is unavoidably left with a feeling of "Oh, I gotta try that this season."

The 2007-2008 season was epic, and with 400+ inch snowfalls here, new resorts there,

Children of Winter

was bound to be a masterpiece. But the folks at Warren Miller have gone above and beyond the amazing situations they were dealt -- they created a movie with so much heart and so much passion for the sport that even non-skiers will want to slap on some boards and try their hand at skiing or snowboarding. They truly love what they do (can you blame 'em?) and anything with that much passion is infectious.

The film tour will start making its rounds in the next two weeks. If you want to start your season right and get that itch to ski, please check out

WarrenMiller.com

and check the tour schedule.

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Warren Miller is arguably the most iconic figure in the world of skiing. His annual ski films are regarded as celebrations of the beginning of each ski season. It all started in 1946 when Miller and a friend moved to Sun Valley, ID, lived in the parking lot in a teardrop trailer and earned money as ski instructors. In their free time, the two would film each other in order to critique their ski techniques. In the summer, they did the same thing while surfing off the California coast. Miller showed his ski and surf films to friends and told stories and jokes while they watched. After receiving countless invitations from friends to show his films and narrate them at parties, he realized he could make his hobby his business. In 1949, he founded Warren Miller Entertainment and began his long-standing tradition of producing an annual, feature-length ski film. He toured his film around to theaters near ski towns each year, often showing it at night, so he could shoot the next year’s footage during the day. Before long, Miller was showing his films in 130 cities a year. In the late 1990s, Miller stepped aside from his hands-on production of the film, but one is still produced annually in his name. Since 1950, Warren Miller Entertainment has produced 59 feature-length ski films—and still counting.

Update: Warren Miller Entertainment Lawsuit

On September 21, Warren Miller Entertainment filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit against Level 1. This week, they've announced that the case is currently on hold.