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Steamboat snowboarder makes big screen debut

Dave Shively

Steamboat Springs — In films known for startling stunts and snowy scenery, Warren Miller makes an annual plea for skiers and snowboarders to make their dreams a reality – lest, after waiting, they become “one year older when (they) do.” — In films known for startling stunts and snowy scenery, Warren Miller makes an annual plea for skiers and snowboarders to make their dreams a reality – lest, after waiting, they become “one year older when (they) do.”

— In films known for startling stunts and snowy scenery, Warren Miller makes an annual plea for skiers and snowboarders to make their dreams a reality – lest, after waiting, they become “one year older when (they) do.”

But Taylor Gold still has plenty of years to decide which dreams he wants to follow.

At age 13, the Steamboat Springs snowboarder has landed a spot in a Warren Miller Entertainment feature film, the 2007 “Warren Miller’s Playground.” The film has its debut locally at 6 and 9 p.m. today and Thursday at the Steamboat Mountain Theater in Ski Time Square. Cost is $17.

When asked in the film what he wants to be when he grows up, Taylor says that he’d like to “become a professional guitarist.”

Taylor makes the statement amid a handful of clips of him riding in California’s Mammoth Mountain Ski Area terrain park. Taylor gets enough time in the 93-minute, high-definition limelight to showcase a prolonged box grind and a big 720.

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The segment opens the film’s second half, 49 minutes in, by highlighting the Burton Smalls Team – an elite nine-man development team – in what the film’s sequence notes call “an epic jib session thrown down by snowboarding’s youngest talents.”

The film session was icing on the cake of an incredible season for Gold, Colorado’s only representative on the Smalls Team. A week before the shoot, Gold earned a national halfpipe title, winning the Breaker Boys age division at the United States Amateur Snowboard Association National Championships.

“They filmed over a whole week – I didn’t even know I’d go (to Mammoth for the shoot) until I was down there (in California for nationals),” Taylor said of the pleasant surprise. “I didn’t get a chance to tell my teachers I’d be gone until my rep told me about it : that was probably the highlight of my season.”

The upcoming season will be Taylor’s third on the Smalls Team. He will be joined by his 11-year-old sister, Arielle, who was invited last month to join the first girls Smalls Team.

This year’s Warren Miller film makes its typical global rounds featuring segments with some of skiing and snowboarding’s top athletes, but it does not visit Steamboat Springs.

The closest the film comes to Steamboat is the 2007 U.S. Freeskiing Open in Copper Mountain and two stops in Aspen – the second of which is a segment on skiercross sensation Casey Puckett, who gives a nod to his brother Chris Puckett, former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine program director.

From there it’s off to Alaska, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan’s Tomamu ski resort, which is compared to Steamboat for its hidden powder stashes.

Taylor said he probably would take a low profile at tonight’s premiere, with his parents there to watch with him. Then it will be getting ready for the season, “having fun, staying with Burton and getting better.” That and, of course, practicing for the Led Zeppelin-like band he plans to be in one day, the kind that’s “definitely classic rockish.”

If you go

What: “Warren Miller’s Playground”

When: 6 and 9 p.m. today, 6 and 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Steamboat Mountain Theater

Cost: $17, available at the door, online at http://www.steamboatthea… or by phone at 866-707-4648