Warren Miller film shows athletes skiing ‘Like There’s No Tomorrow’

Jeff DeMoss
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The Wasatch backcountry of Utah was one of the locations chosen for the...
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One sure sign that snow season is around the corner: The new Warren Miller movie is coming out.

The 62nd annual installment of the iconic Warren Miller ski film series, entitled “Like There’s No Tomorrow,” will hold its world premiere event at 8 p.m. Oct. 14 inside Salt Lake City’s Abravanel Hall, with additional screenings planned for Orem, Park City and Ogden throughout October before the film embarks on a worldwide tour.

The film’s title refers to the gung-ho attitudes of its featured athletes, who charge down near-vertical chutes with seemingly reckless abandon and carve first turns in some of the world’s most remote backcountry. It begins with a segment featuring big-mountain expert Lynsey Dyer of Jackson Hole and Squaw Valley’s Lel Tone, who head to India’s Kashmir region for heli-skiing adventures in the world’s tallest mountain range, the Himalayas.

The film then heads out on an international tour of some of the world’s top snow destinations, starting with Squaw Valley, one of the Sierra Nevada resorts that got pounded with record snowfall last season. Skiers Chris Davenport and Hugo Harrisson take on Tuckerman Ravine on New Hampshire’s legendary Mount Washington, and Utah residents Julian Carr and Steven Nyman are among those featured in a segment at Portillo, located in the Chilean Andes.

Ogden locals have had the treat of seeing Norwegian freestyle skiing savant Andreas Hatveit up-close and personal during the Winter Dew Tour at Snowbasin the last two years. “Like There’s No Tomorrow” dedicates an entire segment to the world-class terrain park Hatveit has built in his own backyard, and a lineup of guests to match it featuring top freeskiers like New Zealand’s Jossi Wells.

Following big-mountain stops in British Columbia and New Zealand, the film comes to Salt Lake City and the legendary backcountry of the Wasatch, where locals like Carlo Travarelli and Leo Ahrens are filmed tearing up the area’s world renowned powder.

The combination of city life and easy access to pristine powder has long attracted some of the world’s top winter athletes to Utah, and “Like There’s No Tomorrow” does a good job of showcasing the fact.

“When it is snowing in the city, you know that it is dumping in the mountains,” explains Salt Lake City local Caroline Gleich, who is among those featured in the Utah segment.

The backcountry around Big and Little Cottonwood canyons is featured prominently in the film, and locals who have been heli-skiing or otherwise earned their turns in the area may recognize some of the lines being taken.

Narrated by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley and shot on location on five continents, “Like There’s No Tomorrow” is a world tour of snowy landscapes. The film is scheduled for screenings in more than 240 cities — a big leap from the days when Miller, a California native, would make home videos of his skiing buddies and narrate them with a humorous slant and show them at backyard parties.

With screenings often running for one night only, Warren Miller films attract a cult-like following and mark the official start of winter for sports enthusiasts everywhere. Miller is retired and no longer actively involved in the films that bear his name, but the series has become a time-honored tradition for getting fired up for winter skiing and riding.

For those in need of a vicarious snow fix, consider checking out “Like There’s No Tomorrow” when it comes to Peery’s Egyptial Theater in Ogden Oct. 25-27. Who knows — there might even be enough snow in the mountains to get in some early turns by then.

Jeff DeMoss

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