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Author archive for Warren Miller

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]