It’s Miller time again |

It’s Miller time again

STINA SIEGGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Loud music pumps over Johnny Mosely’s voice. Images of children playing in sand are replaced by those of people shoveling snow and finally of skiers diving off of cliffs and into fresh powder. Flash to wintery scenes in Aspen, Japan and even Dubai. “Welcome back to a place you’d never leave if the snow never melted,” Mosely says. “Welcome back to the playground.”And so starts “Playground,” the latest installment of Miller’s annual winter sports videos. The film will hit Glenwood Springs Middle School tonight as it journeys across the country, on its quest to rev up skiers and snowboarders for winter.Peter Olenick, 23, a native of Carbondale, will be featured alongside dozens of other athletes from around the globe.A filmmaker since 1950, Miller has set out to direct one ski film a year. With 58 of the movies under his belt, with titles such as 1956’s “Have Skis, Will Travel” and 1982’s “Snowonder,” he has never wavered. In total, he has been behind 750 sports films, several books and hundreds of real-life sports short stories.Dylan Lewis, a 17-year skier and the marketing manager for Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort, said there’s a reason why Miller’s movies continue to be popular, year after year. “He knows how to stay with the current group (of skiers) and shows what people want to see,” he said. “I think he wants to showcase everything about skiing.””It gets people pumped for winter,” said Lee Steele, Vail Sports sales marketing director and skier for more than 20 years. “I know these shows. They sell out,” he said, calling the films’ draw “almost analogous to a concert following.”Olenick, who has been skiing since he was 2, said he too understands the excitement the movies create. Long before participating in the filming, he would stand in line for the shows with everyone else, waiting to get jazzed about the upcoming season. “No one’s seen snow in so long,” he said, “when they see it, it just looks so fun, and everyone’s having so much in the movies.”After years of being in the audience, Olenick decided he wanted he wanted to get in on the action but was passed over a long while until, four or five films ago, Miller’s people contacted him, asking if he wanted to be a part of the series.”I remember when I used to go and get excited about going skiing, and now it’s me getting people excited about going skiing,” he said, adding that “Playground” will include footage that his parents offered the filmmakers of him skiing as a young child.No, he continued, he hasn’t seen the entire film yet, but he’s psyched about the season, which started for him during a recent trip to Arapahoe Basin.”I’m feeling pretty good,” he said, in a laid back voice. “Really excited…went skiing yesterday.”Contact Stina Sieg: 384-9111ssieg@postindependent.comPost Independent Glenwood Springs CO Colorado

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