Denver debut of Aspenite’s film to benefit MS |

Denver debut of Aspenite’s film to benefit MS

John Meyer
The Denver Post
Aspen, CO Colorado
Mike Marolt on the Himalayan peak called Manaslu.

DENVER – Mike Marolt is an accomplished mountaineer with impressive ascents in South America, Alaska and the Himalayas, but he does it for the descents he makes on alpine touring skis.

Marolt grew up in Aspen with the magnificent peaks of the Elk Range providing a playground for him, twin brother Steve and their boyhood pals. There he learned the joy of earning his turns, and he summarizes his high-altitude attitude with a pithy remark in his film “Skiing Everest,” which makes its Denver debut Jan. 27 at the Starz FilmCenter.

“Climbing without skiing is just pain and suffering with lousy food at the end of the day, as far as I’m concerned,” Marolt says.

“Skiing Everest” is a film 25 years in the making. It is the story of the Marolts learning ski mountaineering from their father, Max, a ski racer who competed in the 1960 Olympics. Their uncle, Bill Marolt, is president and chief executive of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

“Skiing Everest” follows the Marolts and lifelong Aspen friends as they graduate to the Andes, Denali, the Wrangell-St. Elias Range in Alaska and finally the 8,000- meter peaks of Asia.

“I can’t hit a curveball out of Yankee Stadium, and I wasn’t a good enough skier to run the Hahnen- kamm,” Marolt said. “But by gaining experience, we’ve been able to safely go out on close to 40 of these peaks over 25 years and take this sport to the ultimate level.”

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