Oct 1, 2013
Oct. 1, 2013
Keely Kelleher shows off her "big-mountain skiing" skills in "Ticket to Ride"
SALT LAKE CITY -
Highlighting exotic locations from Kazakhstan to Iceland, the 2013 Warren Miller film Ticket to Ride
boasts taking "viewers on the ride of a lifetime." This year, Westminster senior and retired U.S. Ski Team athlete Keely Kelleher will show off her big-mountain skiing skills in Miller's 64th film, set to premier on October 11 at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City.
Enduring 14-hour days, below freezing temperatures and ski touring miles of terrain, Kelleher's film shoot was no walk-in-the-park.
"I think sometimes people think that when you film with Warren Miller that it's always in a helicopter, and it's always really glamorous-but it was really hard work," said Kelleher. "We were skinning up to all the locations.it put a lot of pressure on you to do it right the first time so you didn't have to redo the shot."
Kelleher made her film debut in Miller's 2012 film, Flow Stat
e, where she heli-skied onto Utah's "Greatest Snow on Earth" at the Canyons Resort. This year, Kelleher will showcase her skills on the big mountains of Montana, her native state. Her segments were shot at over 11,000-feet elevation in Big Sky and Bridger Bowl, Montana.
"It's a pretty special segment for me because I get to share my home with the world," said Kelleher, who is originally from Bozeman.
Kelleher is also a senior at Westminster and will graduate with her degree in management this year. While shooting Ticket to Ride
, Kelleher worked closely with her faculty to deconflict her rigorous schedule.
"As long as I got my work done and worked hard ahead of time, they were really accommodating," Kelleher said of her professors.
In addition to working on her degree at Westminster, Kelleher is also an up-and-coming entrepreneur and recently began working with the college's Center for Entrepreneurship. She currently runs her Ski Camp for Girls
, the only camp of its kind in the nation. Kelleher hires other female world-class skiers like herself to mentor young girls on how to perfect their skiing skills.
"I spent so many years racing at such a high level that I thought it would be a waste of my knowledge and experience to leave the sport without giving back," added Kelleher, who retired from professional skiing in 2010. "I thought the best way to do that was start up a ski racing camp for girls."
As if Kelleher's schedule wasn't busy enough, this month she will also be featured in the Sweetgrass Production's film Valhalla
, where film crews documented her skiing with Roman candles and fireworks.
"It was the craziest thing I've ever done on skis," she added.
Ticket to Ride will make its world premiere on October 11 at 8 p.m. at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. For more information and tickets, visit: http://www.skinet.com/warrenmiller/events.
Vahalla premieres on October 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake at Level Nine Sports Warehouse. For more information, click here.