Warren Miller flick memorializes a state of mind
Ryan Summerlin November 15, 2012
Some call it being “in the zone,” others the “flow state.” It refers to a state of mind, or a state of being, where an athlete is so focused that things happen almost without thinking and time seems to move slowly, even when traveling at very high speeds. While “in the zone,” performance is enhanced, and that’s the concept behind Warren Miller Entertainment’s 63rd annual ski and snowboard film, “Flow State,” screening tonight and Saturday in Breckenridge. The film takes viewers atop peaks in Norway, Austria, California, Switzerland and beyond. “The powder in Japan will send you scrambling to tune-up your gear; the gravity in Telluride will have you scheduling an avalanche refresher course; and the steeps in Alaska will drive you to push a little harder during your next preseason workout,” promoters boast. Hosted by Jonny Moseley and showcasing Colby West, Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan and David Wise, “Flow State” features Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety in Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, Julian Carr in Utah’s Wasatch Range, Jackie Paaso in the Norwegian Arctic and Chris Anthony and others cutting turns on 70-year-old, 10th Mountain Division ski equipment. The 10th Mountain Division segment also features veterans explaining what it was like be a part of the United States’ first mountain infantry. These “original ski bums,” as Scott Kennett describes them, pioneered the way for today’s ski culture. The film includes vintage footage of the veterans navigating the Rockies with 7-foot hickory skis and 90-pound packs. Veterans of the 10th Mountain Division are invited to attend the screening free of charge. “This film reveals what it is like to be completely immersed in the present, completely immersed in the snow, in the mountains and in the enjoyment of winter,” director Max Bervy said. “Flow State” premiered in Salt Lake City on Oct. 19 and is currently screening as a limited release in cities across the nation. With screenings often running for one night only, Warren Miller films tend to attract a cult-like following, and are seen by many as the official start to the winter season. In Breckenridge, “Flow State” will run two times each day, at 6 and 8:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Colorado Mountain College. Funds raised benefit the dual language program at Dillon Valley Elementary School.