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Sneak Peek: Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller Entertainment’s "Line of Descent"

SKI Magazine was given an advance preview of the latest Warren Miller flick. We laughed, we cried, we want to go skiing!
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On Friday, October 13th, moviegoers in Salt Lake City, Utah; Portland, Oregon; and Bozeman, Montana will be treated to the world premiere of the 68th Warren Miller movie: Line of Descent. The annual offering from Warren Miller Entertainment is a globetrotting good time sure to stir the inner child of anyone who has put on a pair of skis.

"Line of Descent" gets DEEP in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

"Line of Descent" gets DEEP in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Starting with a childhood memory of Mr. Miller's, viewers learn which activity Warren first discovered freedom from as a young boy in California. Then it’s off to Jackson Hole, where Jess McMillan, Rob Kingwill, Griffin Post, and Tommy Moe provide a glimpse into the powdery magic of this northwestern Wyoming outpost.

From there, Line of Descent travels from Steamboat to Norway, Montana to the Monashees, New Zealand to Squaw Valley, and the French Alps to southwestern Colorado. The film captures the professional talents of Marcus Caston, Kalen Thorien, Kaylin Richardson, Amie Engerbretson, Lexi duPont, McKenna Peterson, JT Holmes, George Rodney, and many more.

After Warren Miller tells the tale of his childhood at the beginning, Jonny Moseley takes over as narrator of the film. But keen viewers, including those of us at SKI, can sense the spirit of Warren throughout the movie as each of these athletes embody his snow-loving spirit in his or her own way.

bird flying high

Bird flying high

One athlete who is especially fun to watch is Michael “Bird” Shaffer, whose fantasy road trip takes Ducati Motorcycles over Montana’s Beartooth Pass with Kalen Thorien. Viewers will learn about Bird’s childhood beginnings, including the first time he actually flew (straight to the ground). Thorien might tell you that he smells bad, but Bird sure does fly better now than he did when he was four years old!

After premieres in SLC, Bozeman, and Portland, Warren Miller Entertainment will their load up their sweet Volkswagen and take Line of Descent on the road. Check out all of the North American tour stops here, and purchase tickets here .

Watch the Official Trailer for Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller's Line of Descent


Dummy Downhill by Warren Miller

Dummy Downhill by Warren Miller

Warren Miller’s film crews capture some fun footage at the Dummy Downhill competition in New England. All you need is some creativity, some junk, and a pair of skis you don’t care about.

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.

Happy 60th Birthday, Warren Miller Films

In 1949, Warren Miller came out with his first ski movie. This year's 60th film, Dynasty, is touring the country now. We have an exclusive vintage film clip (just recently dusted off from the archive room) from the 1949 film, Deep & Light.