The Warren Miller Film Tour

Beech Mountain Resort and Charlotte Ski & Snowboard Club bring The Warren Miller Film Tour to the EpiCentre Theaters to kickoff the winter sports season [Charlotte, NC] December 7, 2012 –

Warren Miller’s Flow State is coming to EpiCentre Theaters in Charlotte on December 13 to kickoff the winter sports season for the 63 rd time, connecting audiences with inspiring mountains and sensational athletes from around the globe. You won’t see ski or snowboard action of this magnitude anywhere else. Flow State…where the mountain meets the mind.

Doors open for The Warren Miller Film Tour Premiere of Flow State at 6:00 p.m., the first show starts at 6:30 p.m. Doors open for the second screening at 8:30pm and the second show starts at 9:00pm. Tickets for the premiere are $15 in advance through http://epicentretheaters.com/ and $18 at the door. Every movie ticket includes a weekday, non-holiday lift ticket to Beech Mountain Resort, $10 Alpine Ski Center gift card good any location and a raffle ticket. Over $500 worth of merchandise and gift certificates will be raffled.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to Charlotte’s 2014 Winter Paralympic hopefuls Chris Jefferson and Jas Bambur. Both men were paralyzed below the waist in separate accidents while living in the Charlotte area. They each discovered adaptive skiing through their rehab facilities and Beech Mountain Resort’s Adaptive Ski Week then competed for several seasons as members of Charlotte Ski & Snowboard Club’s racing team. Chris and Jas recently relocated to Colorado to train full time in hopes of competing in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Warren Miller’s Flow State guides viewers to the top of the world’s most striking peaks, taking you on an exhilarating 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. Winter is right around the corner, and it is time to enter the Flow State…where the mountain meets the mind.

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. Roll-call winter’s finest athletes, because they are all here – embodying the essence of the Flow State and tackling the mountain with absolute attention and deep confidence.

The teaser for Flow State can be viewed at http://www.skinet.com/warrenmiller/press-room-trailer

Warren Miller’s Flow State premiered in Salt Lake City on October 19 and is sweeping the nation as a limited release, stopping in more than 240 cities during its run across North America. With screenings often running for one night only, Warren Miller films attract a cult-like following and mark the official start of winter for sports enthusiasts everywhere. Warren Miller premieres are an experience, a party and a phenomenon not to be missed – as film attendees have a chance to win exciting prizes, meet world-class athletes and get access to exclusive, high-value savings from film tour partners. Check out warrenmiller.com for tour information, trailers, photos and more. Winter is coming. Watch this first.

Press images can be downloaded from http://www.skinet.com/warrenmiller/press/photos.

Flow State is Warren Miller Entertainment’s 63 rd annual feature film, adding it to the legacy of Warren Miller Entertainment’s® pioneering influence in action sports cinematography. The national tour of Flow State is co-sponsored by GoPro, Montana Tourism, Climate Reality Project and Ski Magazine. Warren Miller Entertainment® is a business of Bonnier Corporation and is based in Boulder, Colorado. Bonnier Corp. (bonniercorp.com) is one of the largest consumerpublishing groups in the U.S. and is the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences, through magazines, events, digital media and leading-edge products.

The Charlotte Ski & Snowboard Club www.charlotteskiandsnowboard.com/ started as The Charlotte Ski Bees in 1963; the club was originally formed by a small group of snow sport enthusiasts. Since then the club has evolved into the Charlotte Ski & Snowboard Club, a year-round organization filled with well over 200 active people with a passion for skiing and snowboarding. Members range in age from infant to ancient and in ability from beginner to expert. The club provides members with discounts on lift tickets, trips, lessons and gear. The Charlotte Ski & Snowboard Club’s racing team competes against other clubs in the SE in a NASTAR-style format. The team has grown dramatically in recent years and is on pace to take over as the largest, most successful ski racing team in the southeast this season. The racing team boasts four NASTAR National Champions in the past two years. In addition to snow sports, the club offers monthly happy hours and numerous social and recreational activities throughout the year. The club is active in the community and supports several charitable organizations. Club dues are $30 for singles and $50 for household memberships.

Chris Jefferson joined the US Army on his 18th birthday and served as a paratrooper for 10 years until he was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident while on leave in Charlotte. After struggling through several years of setbacks and personal tragedy, Chris began his monoski career at an adaptive ski clinic at Beech Mountain Resort, a popular ski and snowboard destination 120 miles northwest of Charlotte. Soon he discovered ski racing and competed as a member of Charlotte Ski & Snowboard Club’s racing team (then the Charlotte Ski Bees). At the same time he served as an adaptive instructor at Beech Mountain Resort. Chris is currently training in Colorado in hopes of earning a spot on the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team.

Jas Bambur was born in Bosnia and spent his youth playing handball with the goal of representing his country in the Olympic Games. When war broke out Jas fled to Indian Trail, NC; being of both Bosnian and Serbian descent staying in his homeland was too dangerous. Jas continued his handball pursuit in college but those dreams were shattered while driving home from practice one night. When he woke up in the hospital he realized he was paralyzed and would never walk again. Jas struggled to accept his disability until he was introduced to skiing by a therapist at his rehabilitation center. While attending graduate school at UNC Charlotte, Jas continued to improve his skiing as a member of the Charlotte Ski & Snowboard Club racing team. He has since moved to Colorado to train full time and was recently named to the 2012-2013 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team. Jas finished 9th in the downhill event in the 2012 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, Canada and looks to improve on that result in 2014 in Russia.

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