The holidays in Sun Valley are unique. From the snow-covered peaks (and ski runs!) that surround the Wood River Valley, to the old-fashioned charm of the Sun Valley Village and the decidedly European feel of the Resort, Christmas in Sun Valley is straight out of a beloved picture book. I have spent more than 30 Christmases in Sun Valley and while I certainly appreciate all that the Resort does to keep current (our amazing snowmaking and grooming, the gorgeous Lodge remodel, The Spa, and new
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For nearly seven decades now, the ski season officially kicks off whenever the Warren Miller Film Tour comes to town.
Going to see the latest work by the legendary filmmaker always lights the fire of every skier and snowboarder, from Boston to Berkeley, from the White Mountains to the Eastern Sierra, from Killington to Ketchum. And professional skier Collin Collins is no different.
“I grew up starting the season with the newest Warren Miller film,” Collin said this week. “It always got you stoked for winter and fired up to go skiing again.”
Collin will be hosting the 67th Warren Miller Film Tour when it stops here, in his hometown of Sun Valley. He’ll also be starring in the opening act—so don’t show up late!
This year’s film, “Warren Miller’s Here, There & Everywhere” is playing at the Sun Valley Opera House on Friday, October 28th at 7pm, and on Saturday, October 29th at 4:30 and 8pm.
While Collin has found success as a competitive skier at events like the Orage Masters and Red Bull Cold Rush, and by starring in ski numerous ski films, this is his first appearance in a Warren Miller production. He couldn’t be happier about the opportunity, or how it turned out.
“It’s definitely an honor,” Collin said. “I’ve been watching Warren Miller films since I was kid. This is quite the culmination of my skiing career.”
Born and bred in Sun Valley, Collin moved home after spending time in Montana and Utah. The professional Big Mountain and freeskier is known for his all-around skills in both the backcountry and the parks and pipes scene. A lot of his recent Go Pro filming has taken place at Dollar Mountain.
Collin’s section of this year’s Warren Miller film finds him exploring far off reaches of Montana, including the Lost Trail area near the Idaho/Montana border. He enjoyed exploring the backcountry just a relatively short drive from home. “It was awesome. That was the highlight for me,” Collin said.
Skier: Collin Collins // Photo: Ray Gadd
For the first time in quite a while—and to the delight of audiences everywhere—Warren Miller makes cameos in “Here, There & Everywhere.” The theme of this year’s film is the simple question: “What do people really get out of skiing?”
It answers that question following the fresh tracks of some the sports’ best from Montana to Greenland, Switzerland to British Columbia. It also answers the question by showing the shear joy of everything from hucking big air at a baseball stadium (the hallowed grounds of Fenway Park) and carving big lines in the massive mountains of Alaska.
One of the big benefits about Warren Miller’s films is that don’t just get you stoked for another winter of skiing and riding, but they also give you a new spot or two to add your Bucket List. Of course, no matter where you go, Sun Valley will always call you back, like it did for Collin.
“No matter where I get to travel or to ski, nothing compares to Sun Valley,” he said. “You’ve got Baldy and an amazing community and a great place to live. That’s why I moved home.”
Another ski season is about to descend upon Sun Valley. And if you’re not ready or not fired up yet, go check out Warren Miller’s latest film this weekend at the Opera House and you will no longer have that problem.
“I really hope everyone comes out and enjoys the film,” Collin said, “and it gets them stoked to ski and snowboard again.”
“If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.” – Warren Miller
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