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Sneak Peek: Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller Entertainment’s ‘Timeless’

The 70th feature film from the iconic company is an instant classic.

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There’s no doubt that Warren Miller Entertainment knows how to make a ski movie. Whether it’s high flying action in Austria or checking in with one of the best-known ski families in Jackson Hole, there’s always something for everyone in every annual WME film. This year, “Timeless,” presented by Volkswagen, has all of this inclusiveness plus familiar faces that are sure to inspire and entertain generations of skiers, new and old.

SKI Magazine was invited to an advanced screening of “Timeless,” and the verdict is in: the stoke is high. Why? Well, for starters, Glen Plake stars in the opening segment.

Skier Glen Pake jumping into the air with his skis on and one pole raised up in front of a snow mountain range
Glen Plake at Mustang Powder.Photo courtesy of Danny Declare

Yes, you read that correctly. Skiing’s original bad boy is a different man now. Rather than jumping off cliffs and bashing moguls like he did in so many of Greg Stump’s movies, he’s now a Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) examiner, meaning he tests and certifies other ski instructors. In “Timeless,” Plake surprises fellow PSIA Instructors Brenna Keller and AJ Oliver during a trip to Mustang Powder in British Columbia with a pop quiz to test their powder skiing skills. Spoiler alert: They pass with flying colors, and then all ski more powder together.

From the deep snow of Canada, “Timeless” takes viewers to the steep and extreme terrain of Chamonix, France, and Silverton, Colo. In the French Alps, professional skier Marcus Caston joins Freeride World Tour champion and professional guide Aurélian Ducroz, plus a few more amazing skiers, to take on tough lines and great snow in beautiful places.

Jaelin Kauf at Silverton, CO
Jaelin Kauf in Silverton, Colo.Photo courtesy of Ian Anderson

In Colorado’s San Juans, U.S. Freestyle Ski Team superstar Jaelin Kauf gets her first taste of the steep and deep with freeriders Connery Lundin and Lorraine Huber. The crew takes in the local mining history between runs, learning about the storied desolate mountain town and the enthusiastic locals who live there.

Speaking of history, there is a ton of great footage—new and old—that help viewers understand not only the history of each location in the film, but the history of skiing on film in general. In Switzerland, snowboarders Ryland Bell, Morgan Hebert, and Rob Kingwell get a taste of Swiss ski history. Jim Ryan and Austin Ross meet Mike Wiegele and learn about the heli-skiing pioneer’s past. And narrator Jonny Moseley finds some of Warren Miller’s own artifacts in the WME offices.

Amie Engerbretson skiing down slope in front of a videographer
Amie Engerbretson makes a turn for the camera while fliming for “Timeless” presented by VW.Photo courtesy of Zach Almader

If history isn’t your jam, don’t fret: there’s also tons of great ski and snowboard action woven throughout. From the hometown hill of Eldora, Colo., to the faraway mountains of Austria, get ready to be wowed by adrenaline-pumping action and great skiing and riding. Watching Amie Engerbretson and Tyler Ceccanti shred powder with Bella Coola Heli Sports is a definite highlight, but the closing segment of the authentic locals—including the DesLaurier family—in Jackson Hole is perhaps SKI’s favorite of the entire film. But don’t take our word for it, go see it for yourself!

Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller Entertainment’s “Timeless” Official Trailer

The Warren Miller Entertainment American tour of “Timeless,” presented by Volkswagen, kicks off on October 23 in Ogden, Utah; Helena, Mont.; Duluth, Minn.; Green Bay, Wisc.; and Moscow, Idaho. See all of the tour dates and buy tickets on the Warren Miller Entertainment website.