Get Your Freak On

Miller keeps carving the slopes on film

THURS, 11/13

At age 78, skiing and filmmaking legend Warren Miller shows no sign of slowing down: The powder runs, rail slides and freefalls are more extreme than ever in Journey, Miller's 54th annual high-energy ode to winter sports.The filmmaker's familiar voice opens the film with "Let's get the freak on."

Featuring 73 professional athletes, including Bode Miller, Glen Plake, Tommy Moe, Chris Anthony and Wendy Fisher, Journeyspans four continents, with breathtaking shots of the steeps of Cordova, Alaska, the raging rivers of Morocco and our own mountain paradise. Highlighted are Breckenridge's Nissan Ride & Rail Exhibition, the Highland Bowl at Aspen Highland and Copper Mountain's party atmosphere.

Journey will screen at least twice daily today through Sunday and again on Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. Tickets, which can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, are $16.50 and include a free Copper Mountain mid-week lift ticket. Go to www.warrenmiller.com for all the details.

Miller sums up the ultimate skier's attitude like this: "Every ski run is a journey, not a destination." Time to hit the slopes. -- Julie Dunn

High Lifetakes a ride on the wild side
THURS, 11/13

If Warren Miller's droll narrative isn't exactly your style, head to the Gothic Theatre for tonight's screening of High Life, an extreme ski and snowboard film that spans the globe."We're like Warren Miller jacked up on steroids," says Dirk Collins, co-founder of Wyoming-based Teton Gravity Research, which produced the film. "We go after a younger demographic; it's definitely rowdier riding."

High Lifehits the screen at 7 p.m. at the Gothic, 3265 South Broadway in Englewood. Pay $9 at the door or purchase $8 advance tickets at Mountain Miser (209 West Hampden Avenue in Englewood), local REI outlets, www.tetongravity.com or www.nipp.com. -- Julie Dunn

Endless Concrete
FRI, 11/14

You've got to love a sport in which a guy in a sweaty flannel shirt, saggy jeans and a helmet can use the words "ollie out to boardside frontslide" in a sentence -- and have it actually mean something.For the record, that ollie thingie is a trick. It takes a lot of practice to nail it. And you might see someone pull it off in Jon Holland's new skateboarding movie, Are You Alright? I say "might" because, frankly, I couldn't tell it from a switch backside 180 if you slapped me upside the head with a pivot fakie.

But my son will know. He's eight years old, and he knows all that stuff. That's why I'm taking him to see the flick tonight at the 40,000-square-foot ESPN X Games Skatepark complex at Colorado Mills. Filmmaker Holland and his crew loaded up an RV with cameras and snaked all over the West for 23 days, capturing local riders in skate parks and street spots in towns and cities as diverse as Grass Valley, California; Reno, Nevada; and Bellingham, Washington. The result is a documentary of sorts, a paean to scruffy kids and bruised elbows everywhere, says Transworld magazine's Kristin Cusic.

She hopes those kids and their friends will show up for the Transworld-sponsored Are You Alright?Tour, which features the movie as well as pro-skater demos by Dave Davis, Travis La, Windsor James and others. Cusic promises plenty of prizes to win, too, including gear, clothes and skater demigod Tony Hawk's new bio and Underground video game. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie starts at 8:30; admission is free, but skating is extra. The X Games Skatepark is at Colorado Mills, 14500 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood. Call 303-590-1999 or visit www.skateboarding.com for more information. -- Hart Van Denburg

 
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