It's the annual ski epic that gets everyone stoked for the slopes. So what should you expect from the latest Warren Miller film? Resident blogger Laura explains why Chasing Shadows will win over even non-skiers this winter.
For winter sports aficionados, the annual Warren Miller feature film heralds the start of the season. And for non-skiers? I was about to find out whether Chasing Shadows would hold the same attraction for people who had never been on the slopes.
Warren Miller Ski Film Tour’s 66th offering – Chasing Shadows – follows different groups of snow lovers as they adventure around the world. From Chamonix, Alaska, the Chilean Andes to the mighty Himalayas, this is not just an action film – it’s also a celebration of nature.
As I found out, you don’t have to be a skier to appreciate the beauty of this film. The vast landscapes we see are magnificent on their own merit – huge summits towering above lightly dusted valleys, the mountain ranges stretching towards the horizon – but it’s the athletes that set this film apart from the usual Attenborough documentary.
Imagine these towering landscapes – ridges reaching up the screen – and, in the corner, the tiniest speck of humankind. These are the athletes chasing the snow’s shadows: JT Holmes, Seth Wescott, Caroline Gleich, Steven Nyman and more. It’s the repeated contrast between the vastness of the mountains and the minuteness of humanity as they zoom down the slopes which makes this film so astounding.
I won’t give too much away, but expect to take a glimpse into the lives of the slope’s biggest adventurers. And just wait for that heart-stopping moment when the snow kicks from the board and comes rushing – slow-motion – towards the screen like a wave. Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned skier or a total novice (like me) you too will be chasing this year's snowy shadows.