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Author archive for Warren Miller

  • Twenty-five thousand skiers

    By Warren Miller on January 27, 2016
    In 1960, two years before Vail opened with one gondola, two chairlifts and a Poma lift, I rode to the where Chair 4 ends with Pete Siebert in some sort of an Army surplus, over-the-snow vehicle. He was able to drive to an advantage point where I got my first view of the now-famous Back Bowls. There were no ski […]
  • Bad Weather

    By Warren Miller on January 13, 2016
    In 1947, I made the decision to spend my winters anywhere where there was enough snow to turn those weird things attached to my two feet. During that time, I have seen all kinds of unusual weather conditions. I had watched 4 feet of snowfall on Big Sky, Mont., during the last week of June. I almost got caught in […]
  • Pioneers

    By Warren Miller on December 30, 2015
    The world is a different place every night when I get into bed. In 1946, the ski world was a place that few people in the world would recognize today. America had less than 16 chairlifts in the entire country as Ward Baker and I started for Alta in mid-November of that year. I was six months out of the […]
  • Birth of a Ski Resort

    By Warren Miller on December 16, 2015
        I was lucky to witness the growth of skiing from less than 15 chairlifts in America to more than 400 ski resorts in America today. It is important to note, however, that less than 30 years ago, there were just more than 1,200 ski areas, but with insurance and federal regulations, many of them had to close. Those […]
  • Take your kids skiing

    By Warren Miller on December 2, 2015
    I watched the heavily laden SUV with sagging springs park a few cars away and Mom, Dad and five kids started pulling out skis and stuff. The oldest kid had a newly hand-knitted sweater and the younger the kids were, the older the hand-knitted sweater they wore. Next to get unloaded were seven pair of skis, seven sets of poles, […]
  • 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 […]