The new Warren Miller ski film, “Chasing Shadows” will hit Portland’s State Theater on Saturday, November 21st at 8 p.m. and then slide down to The Music Hall Theater in Portsmouth for five showings, Monday the 23rd at 8 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday November 24 & 25 at both 6 and 9 p.m.
The thrills and spills on skis, snowboards and parachutes were filmed in the remote steeps of Alaska, the Himalayan peaks of Nepal, the Alps of Switzerland and includes high energy snow excitement in Chile, Japan, France, and Italy. Included are some snow feats on amazingly steep terrain in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.
The fearless athletes that defy the laws of gravity and sanity include gold medal ski racers and our own local snowboard hero, Seth Wescott, filmed at 17,000 feet on the steeps of the Annapurna Mountain Range in Nepal.
For 66 years, the annual Warren Miller film has ushered in the ski season providing inspiration and motivation for mere mortals to dig their gear out of the back of their closets and start waxing their boards and praying for deep snow.
Ticket price is $22, that’s a pretty high price for a movie with virtually no plot and no sex, but the bonus and benefits of attending the film are extensive and, in the end, can save you a bucketload of cash on lift tickets.
Attendees in Portland are afforded the following, a Free lift tickets at three of Vermont’s premiere resorts: a Midweek ticket at Sugarbush, a Midweek or Weekend ticket at Smuggler’s Notch (must be used before the 31st of January) and a Midweek ticket at the newly re-tooled Burke Mountain. We know, all too well, how expensive Lift tickets are, so if you take advantage of the three tickets, your $22 investment saves you over 200 big ones. Additionally, you can save $20 on new equipment or a discount on a ski tune for your board or skis at The Arlberg Ski shops in Freeport and Scarborough.
Attendees in Portsmouth are gifted with a Midweek ticket to Sugarbush (one of my personal favorites) a Two-for-One ticket at New Hampshire’s Gunstock (non-vacation weekdays or weekends) which must be redeemed before January 31st, a non-vacation time Weekend or Weekday ticket at Smuggler’s Notch, or a good anytime ticket at Abenaki, the mighty mouse hill in Wolfeboro, NH. Additionally, Putnam’s Ski Shop in Portsmouth is offering a $100 discount on a new equipment purchase of $250 or more.
The perks are fabulous, the excitement contagious, the scenery spectacular and the cinematography captures the marvel of deep powdery snow flying by and taking daredevil athletes along for the ride.
If you are the type of person that loves big sound, the kind that makes your seat vibrate, the choice to see “Chasing Shadows” is the State Theater in Portland. Often used as a rock venue, the sound system here is awesome and the decibel level is set at 9.5 for an added bit of power and intensity. Big sound adds a visceral dimension to the movie going experience and when you are watching the fearless fly hell bent down icy steeps, big sound is the next best thing to being there.
However, The Portsmouth Music Hall Theater does has some major bennies, much more comfortable seats, a great lobby that doubles as a cocktail club, and due to its smaller size it has five showtimes rather than just one.
The annual Warren Miller thriller is a welcome winter tradition that I highly endorse.