A Legacy Will Live On
The Warren Miller Entertainment family – and the snowsports world at large – has lost one of its original patriarchs at the age of 93. Warren's humor and adventure-seeking spirit forged the legacy of a genre and a passion for freedom. The insurmountable loss of the pioneer of the Warren Miller brand, father of ski filmmaking, and one of skiing’s greatest ambassadors is a loss to the snowsports community and beyond. It’s with heavy hearts that we will continue to celebrate the life of Warren Miller each fall. His legacy will live on.
Warren was always looking for a new angle, whether from in front, alongside, or above.
Ward and Warren in the spring of 1947 on the weeklong Ostrander Lake backcountry trip.
Warren with the Squaw Valley Ski School in November 1949, the resort's first season of operation. The instructores had no uniforms, and on a good day they each had one student. Warren is flanked by Dodie Post, director Emile Allais, Charlie Cole, and Alfred Hauser.
He first skied at the age 13 at Mt. Waterman, outside of Los Angeles, with his Boy Scout troop leader in 1937.
His first still camera was a Bakelite Univex, bought for 39 cents; in 1946 he bought a Bell & Howell 8-mm camera for $77.
Some 500 new ski resorts were opening in the U.S. from the 1950s through the 1970s.
Miller produced promotional films for a long list of resorts, including Vail and Telluride in Colorado; Sun Valley, Idaho; Snowbird, Utah; and Sugarbush, Vermont.
Warren, nicknamed "Warnie" by his surfing buddies, with the broken-nosed surfboard he built in 1947 after leaving the Navy. It was 11-feet long and weighed more than 100 pounds when waterlogged. The Malibu Pier is in the background.
“The question I’m asked most often, is, where is your favorite place to ski? My answer has always been the same: wherever I happen to be at the time.”
“A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom.”