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|November 6-12, 2008
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The ski gods smile
Warren Miller makes another iconic ski film
by Mike Campbell
How long until even the most spine-tingling thrill ride becomes workaday routine? Perhaps never, if you’re Kevin Quinn of Cordova, Alaska, who along with his wife Jessica Sobolowski-Quinn is among the featured skiers in this year’s annual Warren Miller adrenaline ski movie, Children of Winter.
This will be Quinn’s eighth time in one of Miller’s films, dating back to 2002’s Storm. Warren Miller Entertainment has produced sports docu-films since 1949, and skiing has long been the focus.
“We’re very lucky, that’s for sure,” Quinn said. “I’ve been watching Warren Miller films since I was a little kid, and it’s something that for me will never get old.
“It’s also a huge opportunity for me and my business. This goes out to 10-12 million people over the planet.”
In the Cordova segment of Children of Winter, Olympians Seth Wescott and Marco Sullivan escape from their coaches and head for Alaska to meet Quinn and Sobolowski-Quinn.
The terrain Wescott and Sullivan find differs sharply from the boarder cross and ski racing courses these competitors regularly see.
The pair tour the coastline from Cordova aboard the 98-foot Maritime Maiden in search of powder, taking off from the Maiden’s helicopter landing pad for a closer look.
The global search for powder takes Children of Winter to such spots as Okemo, Vt.; Austria; Utah; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; skijoring in Leadville, Colo.; Bend, Ore.; Crested Butte, Colo.; Hakuba, Japan; Silverton, Colo.; and Iceland.
Quinn, 39, is an Anchorage-raised skier who did his early skiing at Alyeska and now splits his time between Alaska and Squaw Valley, Calif.
He was talented enough as a hockey player to suit up for the Reno Renegades to face the Alaska Aces. So what happened to the hockey career?
“I got tired of being a meathead,” he said. “There’s always somebody bigger, younger or stronger than you.”
And skiing was always his first love.
“You’re an athlete and you get paid to do what you love,” he said. “Every day we get to fly on that magic carpet” — his term for the helicopter — “to the top of those peaks. There’s nothing like it.”
He has family connections in California, where his family relocated in his late teens. His neighbor in Squaw Valley, Calif., is Tom Day, a Warren Miller cinematographer. A movie career was born.
Sometimes, the ski gods smile.
Children of Winter will screen nightly at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., 303-786-7030) from Nov. 11-16. For more information, visit www.bouldertheater.com.
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