"Higher Ground" opens tonight in Aspen | AspenTimes.com

"Higher Ground" opens tonight in Aspen

Olympian Jeremy Bloom soars through the air in Blue River British Columbia in the new Warren Miller film "Higher Ground." (John Schwirtlich)

Warren Miller’s new film, “Higher Ground,” explores a lot of territory – arguably none more important than Aspen and its surrounding resorts.Miller’s 56th film, which makes its local debut tonight at the Wheeler Opera House, prominently features a number of familiar locals doing what they do best: skiing and talking about their love of skiing.

Ageless local skiing legend Klaus Obermeyer reveals his secret to staying forever young. Brothers Mike, Steve and Roger Marolt sound off about the soul of a real ski town. And brothers Peter and Michael Olenick paint beautiful pictures on the lenses of Miller’s cameras.There’s also some footage of 5-year-old phenom Bridger Gile stealing the show again after making his debut in Miller’s “Impact” last year.

Miller’s film also takes audiences to Alaska, British Columbia, Switzerland and more. Chris Anthony, who has two segments in this year’s film, will emcee the Aspen screenings tonight and Saturday night. Today’s screenings will be at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday’s screenings are at 3, 6 and 9 p.m.The film, which World Cup moguls champion Jeremy Bloom narrates, also features big-mountain skiers Jeremy Nobis and Seth Morrison, Ski-BASE jumping innovator Shane McConkey and hot-dogging icon Glen Plake.

“Skiers and snowboarders constantly stretch and push limits: physical, emotional and gravitational,” says Max Bervy, the film’s producer and director. “To achieve higher ground, we set out to capture a select group of individuals in amazing locations, pushing their athletic boundaries.”

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