For nearly 50 years, Warren Miller has been meeting the cinematic demands of winter sports buffs with his creative ski films. Since 1949, when he borrowed a movie camera to film his first feature, Miller has produced more than 500 films, creating a name for himself synonymous with the winter season.
On Saturday, November 2, enjoy Miller and company's latest efforts in Snowriders, his 47th annual feature length ski adventure film, which will be shown in Pacific Union College's Dauphinee Chapel at 7 and 9 p.m.
Snowriders highlights more variations on snow riding than any previous Miller film, with footage of athletes performing their alpine exploits on traditional skis, snowboards, telemark skis, powder-cutting fat skis, monoskis, snowshoes, sleighs, inner tubes, sleds, garbage bags and more.
And the locations featured are just as diverse. "Snowriders has plenty of action stretching from one end of the globe to the other...wherever we found snow," stated Warren's son, Kurt Miller, and his partner, Peter Speek, who have headed Warren Miller Entertainment since 1989. The conditions were right in over fifteen locales, with snow riders taking on challenging terrain in the United States and Canada, including snowscapes in Alaska, the Rockies, the Cascades, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and British Columbia's Cariboos. The search for adventure continues beyond North America to the French and Italian Alps, the Scottish highlands, and exotic mainland China.
The 9 p.m. showing of Snowriders at Pacific Union College will include a winter sport fashion show, coordinated by Jana Wick, manager of Donna Karan Company Store in St. Helena. The PUC men's basketball team and the women of the college's gymnastic team will model the fashions, donated by Santa Rosa Ski and Sport.
There will also be a raffle at each showing, with prizes donated by various Napa Valley businesses. The prizes include lift tickets to Northstar-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley.