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Warren Miller

  • Skiing equipment 1947

    By Warren Miller on November 18, 2015
    I have come to the conclusion that complaining doesn’t get a person anywhere, unless the person you are complaining to can do something about your complaints. A few years ago when I was making ski movies, as I did for 55 years, I had three extreme skiers sitting around at lunch and we were talking about the advances in ski […]
  • Ski tour leader

    By Warren Miller on October 28, 2015
    by Warren Miller     As I stepped off the train in Kitzbühel, Austria, I had two jobs ahead of me. One was to film the European portions of my annual ski film and the second was to lead a tour of 14 skiers on a once-in-a-lifetime ski trip. I had promoted this adventure from the stage as I traveled […]
  • The anticipation of ski season

    By Warren Miller on October 14, 2015
    by Warren Miller     If you’re lucky enough to have skied as long as I have, from way back in the late 1930s, you’ll know that the ski season then was different than today. In 1940, the day after Labor Day, I would stop by a sporting goods store, go back to the seldom-visited ski department and look at […]
  • Hollywood-land

    By Warren Miller on September 30, 2015
    By Warren Miller   undreds of millions of people have read the Hollywood sign as they came in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport. In the early days of the sign, the 1920s, it read Hollywoodland and was illuminated by thousands of electric light bulbs. Each letter was about 40 feet high and made of sheet metal attached […]
  • First Tracks in Europe

    By Warren Miller on September 24, 2015
    By Warren Miller   In 1953 I was hosted by both the Swiss and Austrian tourist bureaus on my first trip to Europe. All I had to do was get to New York and carry my camera everywhere and expose a lot of 16mm film. It was a long drive in my panel delivery truck from Los Angeles to New […]
  • The autobiography

    By Warren Miller on September 16, 2015
    By Warren Miller     Nearly 30 years ago, Laurie and I were spending the summer in Vail, Colo., while I recovered from torn rotator cuff surgery. I couldn’t windsurf with my shoulder so we didn’t go to Maui as we usually did, so we had to find other things to do and I could still walk. While hiking one […]
  • The Big Red Truck

    By Warren Miller on September 9, 2015
    By Warren Miller                             In the spring of 1950, I was surfing at San Onofre when a friend named Burrhead drove up in a shiny, new Chevrolet panel delivery truck. It was the perfect surfing wagon and he had already converted the inside into what I thought […]
  • Sun Valley 1946-47

    By Warren Miller on September 2, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·    When I drove into the Sun Valley parking lot with Ward Baker in January 1947, I had no idea that I would spend the next three winters there. On the road from Ketchum to Warm Springs, there was only one building after the Bigwood River Bridge. There was no reason for anyone to live out […]
  • The Pursuit

    By Warren Miller on August 26, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·    The 20-foot Pursuit (my old camera boat) was loaded to the Plimsoll mark as we moved away from the launching ramp in Anacortes, Wash. I didn’t know it at the time, but this exploration of the San Juan Islands, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island in this small boat would change my life forever. I […]
  • 25 years of writing columns

    By Alyssa Ganong on August 19, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·  Since I got my first job writing a weekly column for the Vail Daily about 25 years ago for 52 columns a year, for 25 years, 1,300 columns equals a lot of words. One of those columns appeared soon after it snowed 99 feet at Mount Baker one winter. Another when it started to become a […]