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Warren Miller ski film in Breckenridge raises money for continuing education for Dillon Valley Elementary teachers

JT Holmes goes for a ride in Kazakhstan while filming 'Ticket to Ride,' the latest feature film from Warren Miller Entertainment.
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If you go

What: Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride”

When: 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22

Where: Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium, Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge

Cost: Tickets are $15 for adults or $10 for kids younger than 12; event is a continuing education fundraiser for the teachers of Dillon Valley Elementary

More information: Purchase tickets online at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8882761579 or in person at Mountain Wave in Breckenridge or Podium Sports in Frisco (cash only)

On Friday, Nov. 22, the latest film from Warren Miller Entertainment, “Ticket to Ride,” will screen at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. Get your fill of some of the world’s best skiers on the world’s most challenging terrain and help support continuing education for the teachers at Dillon Valley Elementary.

“The funds go to pay conference fees and expenses for teachers to attend professional development in Denver,” said Hollyanna Bates, a reading specialist at Dillon Valley. “Typically, teachers have to pay for their own conferences and workshops; there aren’t a lot of funds out there for teachers to be sent through the school or the district.”

Bates is a former president of the Colorado Council International Reading Association, which hosts a national conference at the state level in Denver that brings in about 2,000 teachers every year. The money raised from the film screening will allow Dillon Valley teachers to attend the conference, held right in their backyard, Bates said.

‘Ticket to Ride’

Colorado pro skier Chris Anthony, who has been involved with Warren Miller productions for many years, said the Warren Miller tradition goes beyond “ski porn” and always attempts to do so.

“I would say its the everyday skier and snowboarders’ film,” he wrote in an email. “It pushes the limits of the sport, yet touches (the) reality of it. It creatively mixes culture with geography, while successful documenting the history of the industry. Just that alone allows for the WME to have the largest library to reach into when needed.”

Because Summit County was not on the national tour list for “Ticket to Ride,” Bates said Dillon Valley was able to create an inexpensive independent promotional event to screen the movie and keep all of the profits. She said the concept of skiing as a culture fits with the school’s curriculum.

“Our school has really worked on culture and developing a culture that promotes learning, and this film is part of the ski culture, which promotes being outside, finding your own adventure and developing your sport,” she said.

Warren Miller Entertainment has been making films depicting the culture of skiing for 64 years, and the storytelling in the films goes beyond the gut-wrenching cliff drops and athletic maneuvers that seem to defy the laws of physics.

“Make no mistake that Warren Miller Entertainment is a team of experts collaborating their skills,” Anthony wrote. “The benefit of this is the variety which comes to surface in the end. Just look at the collection of athletes — it’s amazing! Some of them will cut into their personal seasons to get the chance to work with this film team and even make more of a sacrifice to step it up than they do in their personal competitions.”

For Dillon Valley, the film will be a tool to help students step up their reading skills. Bates said it takes a lot of professional development for teachers to understand how to access individual children to become lifelong readers and engaged global citizens, and that development and encouragement comes from attending these types of conferences.

“They learn from experts who are conducting research at universities … and get to meet these powerful people and learn from the best because ‘Teaching reading is rocket science,’” Bates said, quoting author Stephanie Harvey. “And teaching children to read who are struggling is even harder.”

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