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Warren’s World

  • Ski Hawaii

    By Warren Miller on February 25, 2015
    By Warren Miller ·   On the big Island of Hawaii, there is an observatory at 14,000 feet above sea level. For a short time during the winter there is a fairly good-sized snowfield. Years ago, I was invited to show my ski film in Honolulu and was sponsored by a local ski shop in downtown. The showing of the […]
  • Ski film career

    By Warren Miller on February 11, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·  I’ve been lucky to have pointed my cameras at dozens of new ski resorts in America and Europe starting back in 1947 when I shot footage with my 8mm camera at a new ski resort in Colorado called Aspen. It boasted the world’s longest chairlift and lift tickets cost a whopping $4 a day, and accommodations […]
  • The Slush Cup

    By Warren Miller on January 28, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·  After personally narrating my fourth annual feature-length ski film in Seattle in October 1953, my sponsor, Scott Osborne, suggested that I come up and film the Slush Cup on Mount Baker during the Fourth of July weekend the following summer. I certainly was not prepared for what the Northwest had to offer in photo opportunities with […]
  • Unanticipated consequences

    By Warren Miller on January 14, 2015
    In the mid-1950s there was a Sun Valley ski patrolman featured in my annual ski film. I had movies of him rocketing down the Christmas Bowl Ridge towing a toboggan. After the audience got used to his high speed I casually mentioned that he only had one leg. I was surprised the next morning when the telephone rang in my […]
  • Wanderlust

    By Warren Miller on December 30, 2014
    In January of 1946 I was skiing at Badger Pass and staying at the Yosemite Lodge 12 miles away in the Valley. The accommodations were quite nice. They were 16 foot-tall tents with community showers down the way. It was there that I got the motivation to travel the world with my skis and then later with skis and camera. […]
  • Around the world on skis

    By Warren Miller on December 17, 2014
    The 1950-60s marketing director for Pan-American Airways also was the inventor of a ski training, balancing board called the Bongo Board. Arguably, as many people got hurt trying to balance on that board as the number of weekend ski accidents in Vermont. In New York City one afternoon, Stan Washburn suggested that I ride Pan-American Airlines around the world and […]
  • The low cost of a lift ticket 

    By Warren Miller on December 3, 2014
    By Warren Miller ·    Anyone who has ever spent more than $2.50 to buy a rope tow ticket should be delighted at weather report calling for snow. At least I hope so for all those hardy skiers who are willing to take their rock skis out at the beginning of the season. I write a lot about the price […]
  • The 10th Mountain Division: Veteran Skiers 

    By Warren Miller on November 19, 2014
    By Warren Miller ·    Veterans Day was on Nov. 11 and it’s time to take a moment and think about the men and women who fought a war that’s virtually been forgotten in today’s chaotic world. In the winter of 1941, the Italians lost 25,000 soldiers in the mountains of Albanian because of lack of winter warfare training, physical […]
  • Ski fever

    By Warren Miller on October 29, 2014
    by Warren Miller ·   Recent discussions regarding addictions made me think about them and realize that there are good ones and bad ones. Regarding the more positive ones, in the 1950s, ski fever spread across North America and Central Europe relentlessly. It was easily spread and in many cases incurable. The fever was sometimes caught by simply watching one […]
  • You want your ski? Go get it

    By Warren Miller on October 15, 2014
    By Warren Miller ·  I have been asked many times if I could start a film company today and make it grow like it did when I started in 1950, with a borrowed 16mm camera and $100 from each of four friends to start the company. For years there was a great television show called “Candid Camera” in which the […]