"We spend all season trying to get better, only to feel like we're starting from scratch on the first run of the winter. And yet, it happens every year. When the trees are finally bare, and we cant leave the house without a good jacket. We watch the first snowflakes fall and our eyes light up. We're funny like that, kids really".
Every year at around this time my dad, brother and I venture in to the city to see the newly released Warren Miller film. "The team" as we call ourselves start the routine by going in to our favorite ski shop called Paul Reader Snowsports located on York street very close to the heart of Sydney City. We wonder in to the ski shop, checking out all the new gear for the upcoming season (I happened to buy a new pair of ski boots for myself), talk to the owner and get hyped up for the season. After about 2 hours has past in the shop we head to the Queen Victoria building for a light dinner before walking part way down Market street and in to the State theater where the movie takes place each year. We always seem to be the keenest out of all the other ski fanatics as the doors are not actually open when we first get there. Although, when they do open we have about 45 minutes to check out the gear on display in the expo and have a few cheeky champagnes as a celebratory drink to welcome in the winter season. Just as we all think we are going to burst with excitement and anticipation for the new film, the doors to the theater open and everyone is keen to find their seats. As I had been in England for the last Warren Miller film I was so excited to get back to State Theater and be surrounded by hundreds of other people who were gathered in the same place as I was for the exact same reason. Warren Miller's "Dynasty" was the 60th installment of his world famous ski films and it lived up to all the hype and expectations surrounding it. Every segment was perfectly paired with inspiring music and reminded the viewer of how enticing skiing can be and how although every skier does not know one another they feel like they are connect through the common interest of skiing.
This breath taking picture, in Norway, is from the film and shows how stunning the earth can be when ocean and mountains collide. This particular segment was up there with one of my favorites and instantly made me want to visit Norway. Not just for the risk filled skiing that can be done there but also for the picturesque views.
Watching Warren Miller last night just increased my excitement for the season coming up and all the other things i have to look forward to in the next couple of weeks.