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Warren’s World

  • Small town living

    By Warren Miller on July 16, 2014
    By Warren Miller  ·   Orcas Island, where we live spring summer and fall, is only about 85 miles north of Seattle and, yet, an estimated 90 percent of the people in Seattle haven’t taken the ferryboat ride from Anacortes to Orcas Island. This is fine with my wife and me because we like the quietness. On the last Saturday […]
  • The house in Sun Valley

    By Warren Miller on July 9, 2014
    By Warren Miller  ·   In 1994, I was nailing shingles on the side of my new studio that I was building, when I thought about the first house I ever tried to build. It was in Sun Valley, Idaho, during the spring of 1949. It had been a good winter, teaching skiing and discovering a financial bonanza when I […]
  • Freeway to skiing

    By Warren Miller on July 2, 2014
    This is about unanticipated consequences that began for skiing in the middle 1950s. That was when Alex Cushing who owned Squaw Valley put in a bid to host the Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley in 1960. At the time, Squaw Valley consisted of a handful of houses, three or four stores, a few ski lifts and a post office. I […]
  • Publishing date

    By Warren Miller on June 25, 2014
    By Warren Miller ·  After making ski movies for more than 50 years, I know that an editor can change the direction of the film right up and until the time that it is handed off to the lab to print the images and add the soundtrack. The same thing happens in publishing a book and I have been involved […]
  • Squaw Valley history

    By Warren Miller on June 18, 2014
    By Warren Miller ·  Was I nervous? You bet. In the end of 1949, 3 feet of powder snow had fallen overnight at a new ski resort called Squaw Valley. Donner Summit was closed so there were no customers and for the first time in my life I was pointing my brand new 16MM Bell and Howell camera at the […]
  • Rules to travel by

    By Warren Miller on June 11, 2014
    By Warren Miller ·  The other day, I got on an airplane and, as usual, fell asleep before it took off. And, just as Gulliver did, I woke up in the land of make-believe. Los Angeles … where your first experience is trying to find the carousel that is supposed to have your baggage from your mythical flight. I was […]
  • Memories of the last of the season, 1940s to 1960s, Part II

    By Warren Miller on June 4, 2014
    By Warren Miller   In the 73 years that I skied before I broke my back, I never had a bad day of skiing. Mentally, maybe, but I watched ski movies almost every day all summer as I went through the editing process of my annual feature film. In 1954, on the Fourth of July weekend, I flew north to […]
  • Memories of the last of the season, The 1940s, Part I

    By Warren Miller on May 21, 2014
    Everyone can easily remember his or her first day of skiing in the early winter with 5 inches of powder snow, crystal clear and cold.  Anticipation is in the air as you feel your new skis getting extra grooves in them on the four-inch rocks. I can remember a lot of my 73 last days of skiing in the spring […]
  • Surfing

    By Warren Miller on May 7, 2014
    We were on board a Boeing 737 on a Friday-night flight bound for Los Angeles on the start of spring break. The plane was full of half-legally-stoned-in-Colorado college-students headed for the beaches of Southern California. I was going to Hermosa Beach to watch a surfing movie that my daughter had put together for a Saturday night show along with the […]
  • Snowfalls

    By Warren Miller on April 24, 2014
    This has been a winter of extraordinary weather patterns and snowfalls. So far, 2014 has had more snow fall in Detroit and Chicago than either city has had since 1884. The north polar icecap has increased by 900,000 square miles. The surf in Southern California was estimated at more than 25 feet recently to the delight of every surfer within […]