‘Higher Ground’ launches powder dreams | AspenTimes.com

‘Higher Ground’ launches powder dreams

A face shot for Jeremy Parks in "Higher Ground," showing tonight and Saturday at the Wheeler Opera House. (Will Wissman photo)

If you’re not already jonesing for the ski season, Warren Miller’s latest, “Higher Ground,” should do the trick.

As always, the grand-daddy of ski flicks promises the requisite big air, serious steeps and deep powder. More importantly, they’ll be some local faces on the big screen when the movie makes its Aspen debut tonight at the Wheeler Opera House.

This time, Miller’s globe-trotting film crew hits the steeps of Alaska, terrain parks in Colorado (watch for Aspen), deep powder in British Columbia and cliffs in Switzerland. “Higher Ground” features footage of Carbondale brothers Peter and Michael Olenick, local legend Klaus Obermeyer with 5-year-old Aspen phenom Bridger Gile, and the Marolt brothers, Mike, Steve and Roger.

And, there’ll be hot-dogging legend Glen Plake, who sports some seriously scary hair, in keeping with Halloween weekend.

Obermeyer Ambassador Chris Anthony will emcee the local screenings. He is featured in the opening segment aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz. Team O (as in Obermeyer) athletes expected to attend and sign autographs at tonight’s screenings are Ted Davenport and Kiffor Berg.

“Higher Ground” shows tonight at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $17.50, available at the Wheeler Box Office.

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