This past Saturday, two of the YPGP had the privilege of attending a pre-party for the premiere of Warren Miller’s new movie, Ticket to Ride, hosted by L.L. Bean. Some kind folks at Weber Shandwick passed along an invitation to us to partake in some pre-show appetizers and drinks before taking a stroll down the street for the premiere of the film. Between complimentary servings of bacon-wrapped scallops, mini-burger sliders, and the occasional cocktail or beer, the party-goers had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with two time Olympic Gold medalist Seth Wescott in a very relaxed atmosphere. For what little we saw of Seth, he seemed like any other regular ski bum talking casually to some fans and friends about the film and his recent experiences. Once the party was full from the excellent assortment of appetizers, beer, wine, and cocktails provided by Towne Restaurant, we proceeded west on Boylston to the Berklee Performing Arts Center for the showing.
The venue provided an excellent view of the big screen and the host of the event provided some great energy, getting everyone riled up and excited for the upcoming winter. As is the case for any Warren Miller film, there was an audience comprised of equal parts powderhounds, families & children, and pink hats (yes, pink hats). The opening segment of the movie got the audience’s attention quickly with some great deep powder and big mountain snap shots from the many locations visited throughout the film. One of the highlights of the film, for us anyway, included a trip to the Tordrillo Range in Alaska where athletes including Pep Fujas and Seth Morrison brought their own unique talents to the mountain; Pep spinning off booters right into big mountain lines and Seth, as usual, hucking himself off 80+ foot cliffs like it was nothing. Other segments that caught our eye were one to Kazakhstan where JT Holmes & co. showcased their speed flying skills over huge mountain ridges and another in Valdez where Wescott and Jackson native, Rob Kingwill, took to some huge, classic lines covered in perfect, velvety Alaskan snow.
With any Warren Miller film comes a certain amount of tacky, somewhat awkward humor – and that was certainly the case with this installment too. However, if one can get pass the corny one-liners and sometimes over-the-top attempts at legitimate humor, there is still a lot to be enjoyed about this film. Although it may not be able to stand up to the more modern cinematic works in the ski world today (think “Into the Mind,” Salomon Freeski TV, or “Valhalla”), there is still a place and a crowd for the traditional Warren Miller ski movie. Ticket to Ride is a quality ski film that still shows us the beauty, adventure, and fun of skiing and riding.
A big THANK YOU to the folks at L.L. Bean for graciously hosting the pre-party event!