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Author archive for Warren Miller

  • Early surfing

    By Warren Miller on June 24, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·  When the economic crash happened in 1929, the unemployment rate in America skyrocketed to more than 25 percent. Almost daily, someone knocked on the back door and said, “I will do anything for a sandwich of any kind, please because I haven’t eaten in two days.” My father was one of those 25 percent out of […]
  • Golf is as dumb as skiing

    By Warren Miller on June 17, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·  Golf is as dumb as skiing, but you can do it wearing fewer clothes. When the Yellowstone Club in Montana was opened, it became the world’s only private ski and golf club. I was lucky when I got the job to hang around and ski with potential members, and Tom Weiskopf was chosen to design and build […]
  • Gidget

    By Warren Miller on June 10, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·  In 1949, Frederick Kohner, his wife and young daughter, Kathy, signed up for my beginner ski school class in Sun Valley on Dollar Mountain. This was their first ski vacation since Frederick and his wife escaped the German invasion of Austria during World War II. The second day at lunch, I spun some stories about surfing […]
  • A Good Life

    By Warren Miller on June 3, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·   I was lucky to have been born in Southern California when there were less than 1 million people living in greater Los Angeles. At the age of 11, my grandmother gave me my first major freedom in the form of a balloon-tired bicycle for my birthday. I could peddle it to the beach at Santa […]
  • Mount Waterman 

    By Warren Miller on May 20, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·   The eastern city limits of Pasadena rise abruptly up to Mount Wilson where there is a 100-inch telescope that was a state-of-the-art telescope until sometime in the 30s or 40s. Driving by Mount Wilson on a winding, narrow road will get you to Mount Waterman. There in the late 1930s, Lynn Newcomb and his son […]
  • Sounds of the night

    By Warren Miller on May 6, 2015
    By Warren Miller ·   We had dinner recently in a new restaurant owned by a good friend of mine. It was so loud that I had to get up and sit on the other side of the table next to my wife so we could hear each other talk. Later. the owner he explained that restaurants today are designed […]
  • Squaw Valley’s first season

    By Warren Miller on April 8, 2015
    By Warren Miller ·  It was the middle of February 1950, at the new ski resort called Squaw Valley, which was at best, only half finished in almost every respect. One morning I awoke to find the door to our Navy surplus, unpainted barracks blocked by 4½ feet of snow that had fallen during the night. The door swung to […]
  • A drug called Kodachrome

    By Warren Miller on March 11, 2015
    By Warren Miller ·   After almost a year aboard a couple of ships in the South Pacific, I finally had accumulated enough points to earn a discharge and a $100 mustering out check. I was walking down Market Street with that $100 check in my pocket when an 8mm Bell & Howell movie camera caught my eye. That check […]
  • 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 […]