The ladies of next year’s Montana segment are no strangers to skiing in the west: Keely Kelleher grew up on a ranch near Big Sky, Montana, and Crystal Wright is a Jackson Hole, Wyoming native and accomplished rodeo rider. With their skiing and cowgirl skills, they may as well be the poster girls for Western ski culture, so it is only fitting that they show Alaska-native Elyse Saugstad around their dual stomping grounds – ranches and ski mountains - in Ticket to Ride.
Since Warren Miller’s first film came out in 1949, things have changed a lot in snowsports – most notably with the addition of snowboarding. With Warren Miller Entertainment still documenting the best, most fun, and most inspiring things that can be done on snow, no film is complete these days without including both skiers and snowboarders.
Most skiers who have become identifiable by more than family and friends have won gold medals or set speed records. Scot Schmidt gained recognition by leaping off cliffs.
For Scot, the route to the edge of a cliff began in Helena, Montana, and had its roots in a promising racing career. After graduating from high school in 1979, Scot moved west to Squaw Valley to continue the search for points and ever higher rungs on the competition ladder.