Crystal Mountain’s very own Tyler Ceccanti will be featured in next season’s WM movie. I’ve known Tyler for a while now and watched him grow up skiing at Crystal. He’s a fabulous skier, but more importantly has a good sense of the business of pro skiing. He doesn’t let it go to his head. Well, at least not too much anyway. Becoming a pro skier has been good for Tyler. Ever since he got on the Crystal Freeride Team, we ski patrollers haven’t had to pull him over once. Plus, and I think this is the most important thing, Tyler is a nice guy. And that goes a long way in my book. Also, he’s not a bad skier. Not bad at all.
While the ski movie event of the year doesn’t quite have the same power it once did back when Warren Miller himself still owned the company and spoke to audiences before the show, I still look forward to every season starting with Warren Miller. I love his campy phrases and his gentle reminders why we dedicate our lives to the mountains. Warren is actually an old friend of John’s family, and meeting him in person is even better than watching him in the movies. Warren even filmed John skiing in one of his movies, it was called Ski Time and it showcased my very young husband skiing the Big Couloir at Big Sky. While you can check out the poster at the link above, I’m pretty sure we have the only remaining copy of the movie in our library. I watch it at least once a week.
The new non-Warren Warren Miller Entertainment tries hard to hold onto his original intent. And while their ability to do so successfully can be debated in apres ski bars from the first flakes of the season until the avalanche lilies finally poke up through the last of the spring corn, I for one, am glad they still try. There’s no one quite like Warren Miller.