Every year, the touring Warren Miller film series gets South Florida skiers and snowboarders geeked up for the season with scenes of downhill mayhem shot on some of the most exciting and exotic slopes in the world.
The 64th annual installment, “Ticket To Ride,” screening Friday at the Broward Center, is no different, with action shot in Alaska, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Kazakhstan. But if you want to transport Friday night’s host, former U.S. Olympic ski team member Keely Kelleher, to a place she finds truly exotic, take her to Miramar, or Margate or Loxahatchee.
“I have never been to Florida,” Kelleher says during an Atlanta layover Thursday afternoon on the way from her home in Salt Lake City. “I’m really looking forward to what it’s like. I’d love to see some alligators — I’m sure I’d get some adrenaline out of that.“
At the Broward Center, Kelleher will sign autographs and discuss her scenes in “Ticket To Ride,” which were shot in Big Sky country in her native Montana with world champion freestylers Elyse Saugstad and Crystal Wright. The scenes are filled with “awesome beauty,” but Kelleher says there is one particularly harrowing moment: The three women bouncing along in a “beater pickup” singing Big and Rich’s “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.”
“[The film crew] told us they weren’t going to include the sound, but, of course, it’s there in the movie,” Kelleher says, laughing. “We are definitely better skiers than singers.”
Her sport has taken the 29-year-old Kelleher all over the globe, but her favorite skiing is still in the mountains around Bozeman, Mont., where she grew up.
“In Montana, you just get that kind of homey feel. There are more cows than people, and the people are awesome,” she says. “No one is trying to prove anything. They’re just there to ski.”
IF YOU GO
“Ticket To Ride,” sponsored by Peter Glenn Ski & Sports, will screen at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $12, $10 for students, $11 for groups of 10 or more. Call 954-462-0222 or go to BrowardCenter.org.