And there’s no better place than “Wintervention” a special Warren Miller film screening at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 presented by the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
“We’ve been doing this for about 15 years,” said Kim Andresen, director of programing at the LPCA. “It’s great to keep the tradition going.”
Narrated by skiing icon Jonny Mosely, Wintervention exposes several cases of snow-addiction across the globe, featuring a mix of skiing, riding and plain old high adventure.
According to Warren Miller Production’s official website (skinet.com) the film follows a groups of skiers who sail from Argentina to Antarctica searching for some of the last untouched descents on Earth, a group who venture deep into the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, “chasing rumors they overheard in a language they don’t speak” and a group of skiers who tour into the northern reaches of the Arctic Circle to “get their powder fix at the top of the planet.”
“This is going to be a great evening,” Andresen said. “We always have such a fun crowd. It’s a real mix of old and young, people from their 60s down to under 10.”
The one-night only film screening of Wintervention will be in “crystal-clear” high definition, Andresen said. The night also offers the chance to win prizes, donated by local businesses during a giveaway prior to the screening.
“Warren Miller always seems to be the kick-off event for the winter,” said Brian Delaney, owner of High Peaks Cyclery, one of the event’s sponsors. “It’s a great tradition in Lake Placid — the shops are starting to get busy, the snow’s coming, the leaves are all raked and people are ready to ski.”
Nearly every business in town that deals with winter sports gear — and some who don’t — are involved in the big screening event presented by the Cottage and Whiteface Mountain, sponsored by Dancing Bears, the New York Ski Educational Foundation and Placid Planet and High Peaks Cyclery, with representatives from Cunningham’s, Lake Placid Pub and Brewery and Maui North who will be showing off their latest gear and handing out samples.
“We’re going to have a booth set up with all the latest and greatest — conversation pieces mostly,” said Cory Keysor manager at Maui North. “We’ve been doing it since the first year.”
Keysor said he always looks forward to the occasion: “It’s a great way to start the season.”
There’s certainly a buzz in Lake Placid about the upcoming season.
“The anticipation is really high for some reason this year,” said Kel Rose, a full-time ski tuner at Placid Planet. “We’re already getting swamped with tunings.”
Rose said most of the staff at Placid Planet are “hardcore skiers” and that everyone looks forward to the seeing the movie.
“I probably went to my first Warren kick-off in 1985,” he added. “These movies are much better to watch on the big screen.”
Warren Miller’s Wintervention — the 61st movie made by Warren Miller Productions — will be at the LPCA for one night only on Nov. 20. Prize giveaways are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., immediately followed by the film. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Andresen suggested purchasing tickets early, because it “usually sells out quick.”
For more information call 518-523-2512 or go to www.lakeplacidarts.org.
John Morrison skis in Antarctica as depicted in Warren Miller’s film Wintervention, which will be shown Saturday at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.