What: Warren Miller’s “…Like There’s No Tomorrow”
When: Tuesday through Nov. 13
Where: Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street
Cost: $22 at Boulder Ski Deals, $26 at Boulder Theater
More info: skinet.com/warrenmiller/events/boulder-theater
This winter’s Warren Miller movie is full of high-flying, huge-hucking skiing and snowboarding footage, just like every year.
It also has some controversial punctuation.
“There was a lot of discussion behind those ellipses,” said Max Bervy, the director and producer of “…Like There’s No Tomorrow.”
The idea was to acknowledge the myriad ways a snowsport athlete can get out there and go big, he said.
“Everybody does something a little different – they ride, they ski, they jump, they huck,” said Bervy, who has been making films for the Boulder-based company for more than 20 years.
If you’re not too busy hucking next week to see the film, it shows at the Boulder Theater starting Tuesday. On Nov. 10 and 11, the theater’s playing two shows a day, and on the 12th and 13th, three a day. Attending the show also gains ticketholders free and discounted lift tickets for Crested Butte, Winter Park and Steamboat, as well as a coupon for Boulder Ski Deals.
For this year’s film, athletes and filmmakers went to five continents and shot in locations that ranged from well-known, such as Salt Lake City, to ski-exotic, such as India’s Kashmir region.
While the locations are out there, Bervy said the athletes are the ones who are constantly raising the bar of what’s possible in the films.
“They never think twice with those magic words, ‘three, two, one, dropping,'” he said, citing the lines the filmmakers hear or recite over and over to indicate that an athlete has dropped in to ski or ride a line.
Colorado skier Ted Davenport is featured in a segment of “No Tomorrow” on heli-skiing in New Zealand. Davenport, who lives in Basalt, said the skiing in New Zealand is “incredible.”
“It’s as coastal range, so you get higher density water content in the snow,” he said. “So it’s not necessarily lighter powder, but you get this nice, chalky snow that is incredible to ski.”
Davenport said in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, there’s a culture of catering to athletes in extreme sports. But some aspects of that are just part of the lifestyle.
“The helicopter is something that, people not only have a car in their garage, they have a heli, too,” he said. “They use them for their sheep farming, just to transport dogs and equipment.”
In fact, when his helicopter landed one day, he was in for a bit of a surprise.
“The pilot and this other guy get out and open up the box where you put your skis, and five dogs jumped out,” he said.
Davenport’s brother, Chris Davenport, is also in this year’s film. Bervy said that when he asked Chris Davenport where he wanted to film for this movie, he was surprised that though he had the whole world to choose from, he chose New Hampshire’s Tuckerman Ravine.
“It’s one of the few places in the east where it’s a big-mountain objective, it’s hike and ski, and it’s where people go to cut their teeth with that exposed backcountry skiing.”
The athletes and filmmakers fought tough conditions to shoot there, Bervy said.
“Those guys had to dig deep to pull that segment off,” he said. “But they did show Tuckerman in all it’s glory, with patches of really exposed skiing, and really gnarly stuff.”
Caroline Gleich, an athlete featured in the segment on Salt Lake City, said the guys filming for Warren Miller are tough and experienced.
“It’s pretty gnarly spending the whole day hiking around in the deep snow,” she said (earlier, she mentioned that Utah’s Snowbird had more than 800 inches of snow last winter). “But they’re really easy to work with, and they’re fun people.”
One of those videographers, Tom Day, started out as a skier in Warren Miller flicks in the mid 1980s. There’s a segment on him in “…Like There’s No Tomorrow,” said Bervy, about now and then.
“He is a remarkable athlete,” said Bervy of Day. “As is Chris Patterson, and some of the other folks who work with us. The snowmobile’s not going to drop you off at the shoot.”
Gleich was impressed, but this is her first segment in a Warren Miller film. She grew up in Minnesota, and when her family went on ski vacations to Utah, they’d watch a Warren Miller film the night they arrived to set the mood for the vacation.
She said sometimes, she doesn’t believe that she’s in one of those movies now.
“It’s such an honor,” she said. “I can’t believe it. I get goosebumps when I watch it.”