Scott rappeling on wall at Camp Hale


Scott, Zudnick, k26

Scott, Zudnick, k26

Trawling the Internet for words about winners, these from a guy named Damon Hill popped up.

“Winning is everything. The only ones who remember you when you come second are your wife and your dog.”

Especially if that dog is Zudnick.

Only Scott Kennett rarely came in second.

A long-time Telluride local with a 30+ year career in the ski industry, Scott racked up four national titles in the U.S. Extreme Free Skiing Masters Class. And he was often the highest placing Colorado athlete with six Top Ten finishes in the Wold Extreme Skiing Championships in Valdez, Alaska.

Scott rappeling on wall at Camp Hale

Scott rappeling on wall at Camp Hale

Despite the many laurels, however, Scott is still best known for the unique relationship he and his half-wolf/half Malamute shared. Watching Zudnick follow his master down the steepest bump and powder fields in Telluride was an unforgettable sight.

Cameos in Greg Stumps’ “Maltese Flamingo,” “The Good the Rad,” “Gnarly,” and the all-time classic “The Blizzard of Ahhh’s” led to roles in five Warren Miller documentaries including Miller’s latest ski and snowboard (Zen?) adventure,”Flow State.”

Sunday, December 23, Travis Julia Presents Warren Miller’s “Flow State” featuring Scott Kennett.

Minus Zudnick.

After a storied career culminating in a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Crested Butte International Ski Film Festival, the dog died in 2000 at age 15.)

Bootdoctors offers swag at all three screenings of “Flow State” at the historic Sheridan Opera House: 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Scott in 10th mtn gear at "Flow State" filming

Scott in 10th Mountain gear at “Flow State” filming

Miller’s spin on his latest effort?

“We proudly bring you the first glimpse of our 63rd feature film. There is a place only recently identified by scientists; a place they now understand skiers and snowboarders achieve where, the faster they go physically, the slower things appear to them mentally. Come with us as we enter … the Flow State.”

‘Nuff said.

Casting Telluride locals in his films is not a new trick. Scott is one of a number of local icons who have appeared in Miller’s epics along with Chason Russell, Galena Gleason, Hilaree and Brian O’Neill.

Making “Flow State” was not without incident, starting with the road trip from Telluride to Camp Hale, base camp for the film.

Scott’s next act? The project honors his uncle, Captain James Kennett, who fought and died in WWII, where he served the gnarly Tenth Mountain Division troop. Watch for “Climb to Glory,” an upcoming TV documentary, scheduled to air in January 2013.

Uncle Jimmy 10th Mtn suit

Uncle Jimmy, 10th Mountain suit

To learn more about those incidents in the making of “Flow State,” plus more on Scott’s life and work, click the “play” button and eavesdrop on our chat.

Footnote: It’s okay to give wolfy howl in Zudnick’s honor before the curtain goes up on “Flow State” –  just as audiences did year after year when Scott and Zudnick traveled the country introducing the other Warren Miller films.

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