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November 23, 2012
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Ted Ligety takes on Chugach in new Warren Miller movie

LAKE TAHOE - Warren Miller's "Flow State" guides viewers to the top of the world's most striking peaks, taking them on a journey across the globe to Norway, Austria, California, Switzerland and beyond. The powder in Japan will send you scrambling to tune-up your gear, the gravity in Telluride will have you scheduling an avalanche refresher course, and the steeps in Alaska will drive you to push a little harder during your next preseason workout.Hosted by Jonny Moseley and showcasing celebrated athletes including Colby West, Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan and David Wise, "Flow State" throws down some of the most captivating footage ever shot by Warren Miller Entertainment. Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety takes on Alaska's mighty Chugach, Julian Carr bombs down Utah's famed Wasatch, Jackie Paaso explores the Norwegian Arctic and Chris Anthony makes Warren Miller history on 70-year-old, 10th Mountain Division ski equipment. "The Flow State is a place where the impossible becomes possible , where time slows down and a perfect moment becomes attainable, Director Max Bervy said. "This film reveals what it is like to be completely immersed in the present ... completely immersed in the snow, in the mountains, and in the enjoyment of winter."Ligety and racer-turned-freeskier Marcus Caston will demonstrate how Alaska's Chugach Range shows no mercy. Accustomed to the confines of racing gates and on-piste runs, they take the lead from Swiss freeskier Phil Meier and learn how to approach the backcountry as they're set loose in 1,663,267 square miles of pure Alaskan wilderness. The Chugach Range averages 600 inches of snowfall per year that covers countless powder walls, averaging 3,000-4,000 feet in vertical expanse. After a handful of ragdoll wipeouts and stomach-churning crashes, Ligety and Caston learn two valuable lessons: One, Alaskan heli-skiing is not for the meek; and two, conquering your fear is the greatest reward of all. "It's a much bigger mystery going down all these lines than it is in a race," Ligety said. "That's been a tough kind of fear for me to conquer."Eleven-year olds Aspen Spora and Toby Miller don't build snowmen or play video games during the winter; they huck cliffs and throw big air in the park at Northstar. And if they can figure out how to skip school on a powder day, you'll spot them playing in the trees at Northstar - just look for two kids in XXL jackets, riding the tallest snowdrifts in sight. While Aspen proves he can hold his own in powder, the park is where he really shines. After only a few minutes of watching Aspen land tricks in the park, it's easy to see how much he loves the sport. "I would have no life without skiing" he said. "My life would be school, ping pong and eating. Skiing is much better than school."Watch "Flow State" at the Cal Neva Resort in Crystal Bay, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23- 24 or at MontBleu Theatre Nov. 29-30. Tickets are available at Dave's Ski's & Boards (Truckee, Tahoe City & Kings Beach) or at Cal Neva for the North Lake showing. For the South Lake Tahoe showing tickets are available at MontBleu or Sports LTD.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Nov 23, 2012 01:57PM Published Nov 23, 2012 01:55PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.