(Feature Photo by Izzie Raitt)
Eldora’s annual Spring Luau and Pond Skim last April went down in the books as a lively celebration after an excellent winter season, and the day was not short of crazy costumes, flamingos, and plenty of wipe outs into the icy water. Luckily, Warren Miller Entertainment was there to capture it all on film for its 70th annual film, which is premiering in Colorado at the Boulder Theater on November 7th.
The new movie, titled “Timeless,” presented by Volkswagen, celebrates the past seven decades of ski cinematography and features returning stars like Glen Plake, as well as some of Warren’s favorite places, like Switzerland, Austria, and Mike Wiegele’s Heli Skiing in Blue River, British Columbia. The Warren Miller Entertainment (WME) film crew also took advantage of the Rocky Mountain’s record snow year last season and filmed at two classic Colorado ski destinations: Eldora and Silverton Mountain.
Eldora highlights local community members who call Boulder home, including athletes from the CU snowboard team, the executive director of Protect our Winters (POW), among other local shop owners and characters.
“We’re thrilled and honored that Eldora is featured in Warren Miller’s “Timeless,”” says Sam Bass, Marketing Director at Eldora. “The people of Boulder County have always loved the low-key, community vibe of their backyard mountain, and now the world will get to know Eldora. It’s also the hometown hill for Warren Miller Entertainment, so it’s especially cool to be included Eldora in the 70th anniversary film.”
The crew at Warren Miller made frequent trips to Eldora during the 2018/19 season to film, capturing events like the Bob Beattie Derby, the Trick Ditch Banked Slalom, and also hit the jackpot filming after March’s infamous “Bomb Cyclone”, when Eldora got hammered with 18” of snow overnight.
Over on Colorado’s Western Slope in the San Juan mountains, WME captured some big mountain skiing at Silverton with two accomplished freeriders, Connery Lundin and Lorraine Huber, along with Olympic mogul phenom Jaelin Kauf.
Silverton Mountain, which was able to extend its winter season through April due to late season snow, delivered perfect conditions for WME’s spring film shoot. “The snowpack was phenomenal when we filmed there in late April,” says WME Associate Producer Ian Anderson. “The great conditions made for fun shoot. Silverton is the ultimate backdrop for our athletes.”
Moviegoers can see Eldora and Silverton in Warren Miller’s 70th anniversary film, along with Jackson Hole, British Columbia, France, Switzerland and Austria, on the big screen in Colorado, premiering in Boulder on November 7th.
Boulder – Boulder Theater: November 7th – 10th
Colorado Springs – Pikes Peak Center: November 21st & 22nd