Produced by Warren Miller Entertainment in partnership with the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, “Climb to Glory” tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division ski troopers and how they championed the U.S. ski industry following World War II. The film will be shown at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge on Wednesday, July 2, and Saturday, July 5.
The 10th Mountain Division came into existence on July 13, 1943, at an Army base in the Colorado Rockies known as Camp Hale. The division trained at 9,200 feet above sea level and honed its skills to fight and survive under the most brutal mountain conditions. After participating in a major turning point in the war, these heroes returned home from Italy as pioneers, helping to expand skiing as a lifestyle sport, with ski resort development, product innovation, instruction and everything in between.
Narrated by Olympian and future Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee Jeremy Bloom and inspired by Warren Miller athlete Chris Anthony, “Climb to Glory” highlights the 10th Mountain Division’s astounding impact on our country and the ski industry while incorporating the fun and flair of Warren Miller films.
Anthony will introduce the Wednesday, July 2, screening of the film and talk about his role in it. For a good portion of his life, the skier competed internationally and traveled as an athlete and on-screen personality with the Warren Miller film team.
A very limited number of VIP tickets, which include a meet-and-greet, are available. Proceeds from the VIP experience go to Anthony’s charity, Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project, which works to improve quality of life by introducing youth to educational enrichment opportunities. See www.backstagetheatre.org for details.
For the Saturday, July 5, screening, Chris Willard, playwright and director of “The 10th,” will introduce the film and talk about the role of the 10th Mountain Division as it applies to the Ski Area Play Cycle: “The 10th,” “The Roadhouse” and “The Kingdom.” Willard, artistic director of the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, spent almost two years researching and traveling across the state interviewing surviving members of the 10th for his play “The 10th,” the first in the three-play series.
The event is a fundraiser for the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre.