Leadville to star in extreme skiing film | AspenTimes.com

Leadville to star in extreme skiing film

Katie Redding
Leadville correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

LEADVILLE, Colo. ” If you’re a Warren Miller aficionado and a Leadville ski joring fan, you’ve probably always suspected that it was just a matter of time before Warren Miller Entertainment showed up in Leadville right around the first weekend in March.

Maybe the only surprise is that it took 58 years.

But this weekend, the company will be in Leadville to film the long-standing and popular festival, in which skiers pulled by horses try to outdo each other on a course filled with jumps and obstacles.

In true Leadville fashion, the entire competition takes place on the town’s historic main street. According to director Max Bervy, cameramen will film the actual ski joring competition, and the company will also bring actor-athletes to film on the course when the real athletes aren’t competing.

“We’d kind of like to see what happens,” says Bervy, who explains that everything from weather to action could dictate how much of ski joring actually ends up in the film.

Warren Miller Entertainment actor-athlete Chris Anthony, who originally proposed the idea to film crews, says that Leadville’s ski joring is “just a great visual and such a different angle on skiing itself.”

He also points out that much of mainstream America might never have seen anything like it.

Anthony isn’t yet sure if the Leadville ski joring section will be a brief segment in the film or a story of its very own. But either way, he says, the cameramen will do their best to tell Leadville’s tale.

It’s no surprise that Anthony wanted to come to Leadville’s ski joring, since he believes strongly in the power of film to show people different cultures and communities.

Anthony spoke at Lake County High School last year.

“It’s pretty fun when you can show a ski film and educate and entertain people and stimulate their minds,” he said. “It’s not just about hucking cliffs.”

Leadville, established as a mining town in the 1800s, is east of Aspen over Independence Pass, which is closed to traffic in the winter.

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