Freeskiers Tyler Ceccanti, of Lake Tapps, and Andy Mahre, of Yakima, are featured in this year's Warren Miller Entertainment movie, "Like There's No Tomorrow."
When Tyler Ceccanti was a kid, trips to Washington’s Crystal Mountain were torture.
“He cried all the way to the mountain,” said David Ceccanti, Tyler’s father.
It wasn’t that Tyler didn’t like skiing. He loved it, in fact. What he hated was ski-racing practice.
“Basically, the racing program was day care,” Ceccanti said. “The deal was I had to stay there until I could keep up with my dad.”
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Nowadays, very few people can keep up with the 22-year-old freeskier from Lake Tapps, Pierce County.
Ceccanti is a professional skier who’s showcased in this year’s Warren Miller Entertainment movie, “Like There’s No Tomorrow.” (The company, founded by iconic ski filmmaker Warren Miller, produces a feature-length ski film annually.)
Andy Mahre, a 27-year-old accomplished freeskier from Yakima, counts himself among those who says it’s hard to keep up with Ceccanti.
Mahre, son of Olympic medalist Steve Mahre, is featured with Ceccanti in the segment that shows the skiers chasing each other through the trees and powder in British Columbia’s Monashee Range.
“I’d usually send him in front,” said Mahre, who’s appearing in his third Warren Miller movie in four years. “And I’d really have to haul ass to keep up.”
The skiers fed off each other during the eight-day shoot, pushing each other to go faster, catch bigger air and take tougher lines.
“He is fearless,” Mahre said. “Some people shut down when conditions aren’t right. He’s just stoked to be doing whatever it is he is doing. He has a great attitude.”
Ceccanti, who appeared in his first Warren Miller movie in 2010, has spent almost all of his life on skis. He was 1 and still in diapers when he first hit the slopes.
“He could ski better than he could walk,” his dad said.
When he was 13, he talked organizers of Crystal Mountain’s freeskiing competition to allow him to compete even though the minimum age requirement was 18. Ceccanti finished in the top 10 and suddenly the Northwest skiing community was abuzz about the young talent.
He landed his first sponsor that year and in 2007, at the age of 17, he won the Junior U.S. Extreme Skiing Championship in Crested Butte, Colo.
That same year, Ceccanti finished sixth at the Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships and second in another Canadian freeskiing competition. He’s been racking up top-10 finishes since.
In 2010, his career got another boost when Warren Miller Entertainment shot a segment at Crystal Mountain and Ceccanti was one of the skiers asked to participate. It went so well that he was asked back this year for the shoot in British Columbia.