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OFF THE GRID Sequence Notes

Warren Miller
posted: 08/16/2006

OPENING MONTAGE

The stage is set in the traditional Warren Miller fashion: a montage with adrenaline-pumping shots of world class athletes charging through deep snow and carving turns on unthinkably steep terrain. World Champion mogul skier and film narrator, Jeremy Bloom, now training with the Philadelphia Eagles, explains exactly why "skiing is no longer cooler than football."

GOLDEN, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Athletes: Chris Eby, Charlotte Moats, Jaime Pierre, Martin Winkler
Equipment: skis, snowcats, snowmobiles

The true OFF THE GRID experience is demonstrated as world-class skiers head to British Columbia's Kicking Horse ski area, which is a town that "you probably wouldn't bother stopping in, unless you drove a cargo train, a logging truck or fat skis." After exploring the area the athletes travel deep into the backcountry to Chatter Creek Lodge. Over 80 km to the nearest road and nearly a two hour snowmobile ride, the lodge feels completely off the grid. The skiers take advantage of the natural playground by piecing together pillow drops into unthinkable lines and even skipping the lines altogether to plunge deep into the backcountry powder.

US FREESKIING OPEN, VAIL, COLORADO


Athletes: Peter Olenick, Simon Dumont, Sammy Carlson, Andreas Hatveit, TJ Schiller, John Spriggs, Jon Olson
Equipment: skis

The bar for freestyle skiing is raised once again during this year's Freeskiing Open. From slopestyle to halfpipe and big air, this segment is packed with some incredibly daring and talented jibbers who prove that there are no limits to what is possible in the air. High flyer TJ Schiller claims "gnarly stuff is going down tonight," after landing the first ever switch 1440 (entering jump backwards and rotating four times) in competition to secure his second straight Big Air title in the event.

BACKCOUNTRY SNOWBOARD (VARIOUS LOCATIONS)
Athletes:
Frederik Kalbermatten, Mads Jonsson
Equipment: snowboards

This montage of big air and rag doll wrecks is set against blue bird skies and glistening fluffy powder. Hand held cameras create the feeling of riding along with the snowboarders as they navigate steep shoots and wide open powder fields.

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UTAH (VARIOUS LOCATIONS)
Athletes:
Jamey Parks, Julian Carr, Jenn Berg, Jeremy Nobis, Aaron Ward
Equipment: skis, snowboards

"You can't get more on the grid than Salt Lake City...but due east of downtown the fabled Wasatch Range erupts." Every year these mountains get hammered with 500 to 600 inches of pure, dry, lake-effect snow, which continues to remind the likes of Jenn Berg and Jeremy Nobis of the reasons they moved to Utah in the first place.

JAIME PIERRE CLIFF JUMP/MONOPALOOZA, WYOMING & UTAH
Athletes:
Jaime Pierre and tens of monoboarders
Equipment: skis, monoboard

Pierre is a legend of escaping death with seemingly impossible cliff jumps. This year he continues to blow our minds, as he sets a new world record by dropping a 245-foot cliff (the equivalent height of twenty-five tram cars stacked on top of each other).

Following classic Warren Miller fashion and humor, Jamie Pierre, clad in a turquoise one piece, heads to the 6th annual Monopalooza, a gathering of the "other one-plankers." There he experiences something truly special as sixty hip-wiggling monoboarders charge the slopes with skill and speed. "This is our flavor; we love it," a flavor that only experienced monoboarders can truly comprehend.

WINTER PARK, COLORADO
Athletes:
Brady Johnson, Fred Mooney, Toby Dawson, Tyler Robertson, Kelly Slater
Equipment: skis

Winter Park is the only ski resort in Colorado that is directly accessible by train from downtown Denver. Here, Brady Johnson and Fred Mooney take advantage of this bumpy train to join fellow locamogul skiers at Mary Jane. If there is one thing these skiers have in common it's their love for the bumps. Later, Olympic medalist Toby Dawson takes a break from the moguls to shred some untouched lines in Winter Park powder.

KASHMIR, INDIA
Athletes:
Dan Treadway, Manu Gaidet, Shroder Baker
Equipment: skis

From the floating vegetable market on Dahl Lake to the bustling streets of Srinagar (the capital of Kashmir), the athletes in this segment are so far off the grid that only the pinpricks of snowflakes on their faces remind them they are on the same planet. Immersed in a completely different culture the skiers realize the world is not such a large place as they find familiarity in the appreciation for snow and mountains. Aside from enjoying the company of locals and experiencing the unique and exotic reality of this far-off land, these world class big mountain skiers, generate incomparable visuals as they tear through the picturesque landscapes.

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BIG SKY/MOONLIGHT BASIN, MONTANA
Athletes:
Lynsey Dyer, Chris Anthony, Mike Mannelin
Equipment: skis

Seventeen-film Warren Miller veteran Chris Anthony travels with Lynsey Dyer and Mike Mannelin to what is billed as 'the most skiable terrain available in North America.' "We're killing it out here; its epic." The merge of Big Sky and Moonlight Basin to form Lone Peak Pass offers some of the best lift-accessible terrain in the country. It looks as if the athletes are off the grid as they hike knife-edged saddles to access narrow couloirs off Lone Peak Pass. Après skiing, Mike Mannelin leads us through the numerous jobs he has held while pursuing his dream of the ski bum lifestyle.

GIRDWOOD, ALASKA
Athletes:
Reggie Crist and Zach Crist
Equipment: skis, helicopter

Whether it's competing in the X-Games or heli skiing in Alaska, brothers Zach and Reggie Crist always travel together. "Reggie Crist never comes here without Zach Crist and Zach Crist never comes here without Reggie." After being the first brothers to share a podium at the Winter X-Games, the Crists decided to share Alaska as well. While enjoying unparalleled scenery, the brothers rip through the Chugach Mountains Range's unbelievable Alaskan terrain.

BACKCOUNTRY/PARK JIB SEGMENT (VARIOUS LOCATIONS)
Athletes:
Andy Mahre, Sammy Carlson, Pep Fujas, Andreas Hatveit, Simon Dumont, Peter Olenick, Jacob Wester, Tanner Hall, TJ Schiller, Jon Ollsen, Chris Benchetler, JP Auclair, Candid Thovex, Scott Hibbert, Anthony Boronowski, Julien Regnier
Equipment: skis, helicopter

The next generation of progressive freestyle skiing is showcased in this montage of astonishing backcountry and resort jibbing footage. These twin-tipped skiers are more like acrobats as they not only catch unthinkably large air but spin, flip, and twist as they soar. This segment proves that the bar has again been set higher than ever before.

STEAMBOAT, COLORADO
Athletes:
Max Mancini, Herb Manning, Arnie Backstrom
Equipment: Teleskis, Skis, Snowboard

Steamboat was the epicenter for big storms this year when the dry desert storms dropped 440 inches of the champagne powder. "It was recorded as the 4th deepest winter on record - for skiers like Max, it's a dream come true." With bottomless powder day after day local skiers felt like they were living in a dream world. Steamboat's Wild West attitude sets the stage for a surreal adventure as the skiers get lost in chest deep snow. Watch Max, Arnie and Herb ski through trees in snow that is said to be some of the lightest in the world.

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WORLD SNOWBALL FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
Athletes:
A plethora of intense Japanese snowballers
Equipment: Hardpacked Snowballs

The bustling streets of Japan set a notably serious tone for a very serious competition. In quintessential Warren Miller fashion, the crew sought to bring the unknown and unfamiliar to life, and hilarity ensues. Heart-pounding music matches the intensity of this fierce international battle as the world's top snowball fighters battle for the prestigious championship title in this showdown of bravery, brawn, and skill.

DISENTIS, SWITZERLAND
Athletes:
Nicky Wievig, Julien Haricot, Stephan Mauer
Equipment: snowboards

Some of the world's best riders gather to demonstrate that it not only takes skill, but also serious creativity to continue to inspire the evolution of all winter sports. "The mountains look different through the eyes" of these three snowboarders as they take Disentis, Switzerland, by storm. On top of making great turns in deep snow, the riders change directions and begin dropping stone walls and jibbing abandoned construction materials.

KRIPPENSTEIN, AUSTRIA
Athletes:
Pep Fujas, Bryce Phillips
Equipment: Skis

The Alps hold some of the world's best secret powder stashes that are still undeveloped and unlittered with tourism and resort development. Krippenstein, Austria, is the playground for these Warren Miller athletes and "it's pretty unreal, pretty unknown." The skiers explore the endless terrain, skillfully finding ways to ski out of some huge cliff drops.

CORDOVA, ALASKA
Athletes:
Monte Meier, Kevin Bramble, Kevin Quinn, Dean Conway, Seth Wescott, Doug Coombs
Equipment: Skis, Helicopter

Kevin Quinn dedicates this segment to a former Warren Miller athlete, the late Doug Coombs. Shots from previous Warren Miller movies are pieced together into a heartfelt montage that pays tribute to the world-class guide who lost his life last season.

The steep peaks of Alaska provide an area for athletes to challenge the cutting edge, as "the cutting edge is so close you can land on it." In this inspiring segment, experienced guides Kevin Quinn and Dean Conway lead two of the world's best adaptive skiers to what seems to be the top of the world. Kevin Bramble, a sit-skier, and Monte Meier, a one-legged skier, make history at the first ever adaptive skiers to attempt these remote locations.

tial Warren Miller fashion, the crew sought to bring the unknown and unfamiliar to life, and hilarity ensues. Heart-pounding music matches the intensity of this fierce international battle as the world's top snowball fighters battle for the prestigious championship title in this showdown of bravery, brawn, and skill.

DISENTIS, SWITZERLAND
Athletes:
Nicky Wievig, Julien Haricot, Stephan Mauer
Equipment: snowboards

Some of the world's best riders gather to demonstrate that it not only takes skill, but also serious creativity to continue to inspire the evolution of all winter sports. "The mountains look different through the eyes" of these three snowboarders as they take Disentis, Switzerland, by storm. On top of making great turns in deep snow, the riders change directions and begin dropping stone walls and jibbing abandoned construction materials.

KRIPPENSTEIN, AUSTRIA
Athletes:
Pep Fujas, Bryce Phillips
Equipment: Skis

The Alps hold some of the world's best secret powder stashes that are still undeveloped and unlittered with tourism and resort development. Krippenstein, Austria, is the playground for these Warren Miller athletes and "it's pretty unreal, pretty unknown." The skiers explore the endless terrain, skillfully finding ways to ski out of some huge cliff drops.

CORDOVA, ALASKA
Athletes:
Monte Meier, Kevin Bramble, Kevin Quinn, Dean Conway, Seth Wescott, Doug Coombs
Equipment: Skis, Helicopter

Kevin Quinn dedicates this segment to a former Warren Miller athlete, the late Doug Coombs. Shots from previous Warren Miller movies are pieced together into a heartfelt montage that pays tribute to the world-class guide who lost his life last season.

The steep peaks of Alaska provide an area for athletes to challenge the cutting edge, as "the cutting edge is so close you can land on it." In this inspiring segment, experienced guides Kevin Quinn and Dean Conway lead two of the world's best adaptive skiers to what seems to be the top of the world. Kevin Bramble, a sit-skier, and Monte Meier, a one-legged skier, make history at the first ever adaptive skiers to attempt these remote locations.

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