For 62 years, Warren Miller's ski films have gotten snow skiers' adrenaline pumping.
There's always a new mountain to conquer somewhere on the planet, and Miller always knows where to find those crazy, thrill-seeking athletes to tackle the vertical slopes.
The latest Miller ski movie, Like There's No Tomorrow, does exactly that. And there's also plenty of hilarious wipeouts, silliness and zany banter between the skiers and snow boarders.
Andy Mahre and Tyler Ceccanti are fearless on the snowy slopes of British Columbia during one segment of the film.
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Ceccanti, 22, sometimes can't believe he actually gets paid.
"I've done one other Miller film a couple years ago and had a wild time then too," he said in a telephone interview. "I would do this even if I wasn't paid."
But it isn't always the snow that makes a skiing expedition memorable, he added.
"The coolest place I ever skied (a Canadian resort north of Spokane) had this crazy big lodge that was so cool," Ceccanti said. "What I like about Warren Miller films is all the different places they go. They even go to India in this year's film."
The film will take the audience to the Himalayan Mountains where skiers Lynsey Dyer and Lel Tone hop on a helicopter and ride to the mountaintops.
There, the two women experience a spiritual adventure that gives the true meaning to "first tracks."
California's Squaw Valley makes an appearance in the film with some crazy skiing by champion skier Jonny Moseley and others. There also are trips to Norway, Chile, New Zealand, Alaska, Utah and New Hampshire.
There is a barrage of big-air cliff drops and a bounty of rag-doll wrecks that will keep the audience entertained, said Nancy Richter with Warren Miller Films.
Ceccanti and Mahre find themselves plowing through some of the finest powder of the Monashees Range deep in the interior of British Columbia.
Adding a touch of humor to the segment is Mahre having haunting visions of a Yeti following the guys through the pillow top drop scenes. But Ceccanti never sees the abominable snowman.
"The powder up there was the best," Ceccanti said. "We were so lucky to get that kind of show during the six days we were there."
When asked about the Yeti, he laughed and said, "What Yeti?"
In New Hampshire, there's a treacherous stretch of mountain called Tuckerman Ravine. It's carved into the eastern face of New England's Mount Washington.
And while East Coast folks can't boast about having a real mountain, Tuckerman is as close to a mini-Rocky Mountain as you can get.
It has rugged terrain and howling winds that make it all the more challenging for super skiers Chris Davenport and Hugo Harrisson. Davenport grew up learning to ski on Mount Washington, but the Miller film was Harrisson's first visit to the challenging peak.
Another new ski site visited by this year's film was the world-class terrain park in freestyle skier Andreas Hatveit's back yard, the Norwegian mountains.
A dozen hotshot skiers from Europe gather in Hatveit's back yard, where his family built a ski jumper's paradise.
The athletes who perform in a Warren Miller film know how to ski like there's no tomorrow, Ceccanti said.
"These films always get people psyched to hit the slopes," he said.
Showtime is 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at Chief Joseph Middle School, 504 Wilson St., Richland. Tickets to Like There's No Tomorrow cost $18 and are available at Sporthaus, 326 Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick, or at www.ticketfly.com.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org