Q&A 7

Chasing Winter with Warren Miller

 

Warren Miller started making ski films in 1949 when he was living in the Sun Valley parking lot and people thought he was insane. Today, Warren Miller Entertainment is releasing its 66th film and is one of the biggest names in sports cinematography. Based in Boulder, WME aims to tell the winter stories of some the most talented athletes on snow. Meet some of them here.

ingrid backstrom 
– professional skier

What kind of physical training do you do off the mountain?

“Trail running, mountain biking, hiking, some gym stuff, whatever I can that’s fun and mostly outdoors.”

What kind of mental training do you do on and off the mountain?

“Lots of reading, trying to be more mindful in general as well as on the mountain.”

What would you say is the biggest trend in skiing/riding right now?

“Camping. Usually on snow, preferably somewhere 
really remote.”

Quick-fire:

• On-piste or off-piste? Um, seriously?

• Bluebird or whiteout? Whiteout.

• First chair or last chair?  Both.

• Vail or Aspen? Aspen

• Summer hobby? Canning.

• Hike to or Heli? Hiking. But a helicopter is really fun every once in a while

chris anthony – professional skier

What kind of physical training do you do off the mountain?

“Tons of bike riding—both road 
and mountain.”

What kind of mental training do you do on and off the mountain?

“I used to do a ton of visualizing.  But frankly is just stresses me out.  I do, however, see what I’m going to do before I do it on the mountain.”

What would you say is the biggest trend in skiing/riding right now?

“Sidecountry is the latest trend. The improvement in equipment has made it a lot easier.  Perhaps a little too easy as the education for sidecountry/backcountry protocol is not keeping up. So, unfortunately a lot of people are getting hurt.”

Quick-fire:

On-piste or off-piste? Both!

Bluebird or whiteout? Sun is bad for snow quality but great for visibility, while white out makes for great tree skiing.

• First chair or last chair? Both!

• Vail or Aspen? Depends on who has better snow at the time and what you want out of your trip. Aspen as a town and Vail has a resort.

Summer hobby? Biking.

• Hike to or Heli? They both have their amazing benefits.

marcus caston 
– professional skier

What kind of physical training do you do off the mountain?

“I climb a lot!  I ski most of the year, so my legs are in pretty good ski shape all the time.  Climbing is a great recovery after skiing.  It works your core and stretches your body after being compressed on the hill all day.”

What kind of mental training do you do on and off the mountain?

“If I am scared of something that I am about to do, I will take a few deep breaths and visualize how it’s going to go.  I grew up ski racing, so 99 percent of the stuff I do now is way less intense than what I did growing up.  I am just trying to have fun and ski powder.”

What would you say is the biggest trend in skiing/riding right now?

“The biggest trend in skiing right now is the thought that the crazier, the better. Maybe I’m an old school guy, but I appreciate good technique and a nice turn.”

Quick-fire:

• On-piste or off-piste? Off… but I do love some good corduroy!

• Bluebird or whiteout? Blue.

• First chair or last chair? Both.

• Vail or Aspen? Crested Butte.

• Summer hobby? Climbing.

• Hike to or Heli?  Heli.

amie engerbreston 
– professional skier

What kind of physical training do you do off the mountain?

“I do a lot of barre style workouts, as I am an instructor at The Bar Effect in Truckee. I also spend as much time as possible on my mountain bike. The uphill is killer physical training and the downhill is great mental training. In addition to all this I run, hike, paddle board, surf (when I can) and do yoga.”

What kind of mental training do you do on and off the mountain?

“There is always something to be working on mentally for me whether it is confidence, fear management or focus. After an avalanche incident a couple years ago, I was definitely struggling, so I went to trauma counseling and it really helped. I did physical therapy for my knee injury from the incident, so it made sense to do some mind therapy, too. Now, both knee and mind are great.”

What would you say is the biggest trend in skiing/riding right now?

“I think a lot is changing in skiing right now, especially where ski media is concerned. Athletes are really trying to figure out how to be and stay relevant and please as wide an audience as possible.”

Quick-fire:

• On-piste or off-piste? OFF!

• Bluebird or whiteout? Bluebird with smiles!

• First chair or last chair? Both–bell to bell!

• Vail or Aspen? Aspen,

• Summer hobby? Mountain biking.

• Hike to or Heli? Heli! But we all know I will hike when I have too.

kaylin richardson – past olympic team member/professional skier

What kind of physical training do you do off the mountain?

“I try to do a lot of strength/endurance-based training, as well as flexibility pre-hab and yoga for injury prevention. I spent years in the gym as a ski racer so I prefer to train in the mountains whether it is hiking, trail/interval running, or mountain biking, but I still get into the gym at least once or twice a week to build strength and power.”

What kind of mental training do you do on and off the mountain?

“Positive self-talk and visualization go hand in hand. It is invaluable to have the skill and confidence to see in your mind’s eye how you will ski a line or do a trick effortlessly. Then once you have to execute, it is like you have already completed it successfully in your head.”

What would you say is the biggest trend in skiing/riding right now?

“Sustainability. Our winters are at risk due to the effects of climate change and every day athletes, business owners, and snow-lovers are investing in renewable energy and using their voices to demand the government prioritize this huge crisis.”

Quick-fire:

• On-piste or off-piste? Both. I just love skiing.

• Bluebird or whiteout? Bluebird.

• First chair or last chair? First chair in the winter, last in the spring.

• Vail or Aspen? I don’t discriminate when it comes to world-class skiing.

• Summer hobby? Trail running, followed by reading, followed by napping equals a day well spent.

• Hike to or Heli?  Hike.