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Warren Miller is considered by most to be the pioneer or godfather of action sports films as his efforts were among the first to capture and share the excitement of extreme athletes. Much of what is now portrayed as extreme sports, which is a giant industry, originated from Warren's own life and entrepreneurial lifestyle as the original ski...
Warren Miller is considered by most to be the pioneer or godfather of action sports films as his efforts were among the first to capture and share the excitement of extreme athletes. Much of what is now portrayed as extreme sports, which is a giant industry, originated from Warren's own life and entrepreneurial lifestyle as the original ski bum. He is a man who followed his interests, saw and created opportunity, and then developed and grew a business that has spanned six decades and is known the world over. The Freedom Foundation was named in his honor for his extraordinary life and success as an entrepreneur. Aptly incorporating the word freedom, for which was and is Warren's goal as an entrepreneur: to accomplish both economic and personal freedom. He continues to write, speak, and promote entrepreneurship and the Freedom Foundation.

Warren Miller: The More Things Change…

Filmmaker Warren MillerIn 1960, two years before Vail opened with one gondola, two chairlifts and a Poma lift, I rode to where Chair 4 ends with Pete Siebert in some sort of an Army surplus, over-the-snow vehicle.

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Warren Miller: Skiing With Aloha

Filmmaker Warren MillerOn 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 and considerable lack of oxygen to climb back to the top of that snowfield after you ski down it. 

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Warren Miller: Antique Photos

Filmmaker Warren MillerI took a couple of days off from writing my biography and started to sort out about 2,000 still photos that pertain to my skiing and surfing life I have accumulated over the years. 

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Warren Miller: Winter Wanderlust

Filmmaker Warren MillerIn January of 1946, I was skiing at Badger Pass and staying at the Yosemite Lodge 12 miles away, down in the Valley. The accommodations were quite nice. They were 16 foot-wall 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.

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Warren Miller: Remembering The Washington Slush Cup

Filmmaker Warren MillerAfter personally narrating my fourth annual feature-length ski film in Seattle in October, 1953, my sponsor, Scott Osborne, suggested I come up and film the Slush Cup on Mount Baker during the Fourth of July weekend the following summer. 

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Warren Miller: Memories Of Squaw Valley

Filmmaker Warren MillerWas I nervous? You bet! In the end of 1949, three feet of new powder snow had fallen overnight at a brand new ski resort called Squaw Valley. 

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Warren Miller: Low Cost Of A Lift Ticket

Filmmaker Warren MillerI write a lot about the price of chairlift tickets, I know. Taken alone, they seem high but when one realizes the chairlift ticket is the magic carpet to an amazing world of freedom, they are quite reasonable.

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Warren Miller: Tribulations Of A Ski Tour Leader

Filmmaker Warren MillerAs I stepped off the train in Kitzbuhel, 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 that fall and winter, narrating my film in person.

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Warren Miller: Legendary Ski School Directors

Filmmaker Warren MillerAs ski resorts began to be developed across America, it was necessary to have a famous ski racer or instructor from Austria hired as head of the ski school.

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Warren Miller: Midwest Skiing The Way It Was

Filmmaker Warren MillerDuring the 1950s and ‘60s the greatest expansion of ski resorts in America occurred. Squaw Valley, Vail, Keystone, Sugarbush, Heavenly Valley, Copper Mountain, Beaver Creek to mention just a few.

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Warren Miller: A Drug Called Kodachrome

Filmmaker 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.

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Warren Miller: The Birth Of Ski Resorts

Filmmaker Warren MillerI was very lucky to witness the growth of skiing from less than 15 chairlifts in America to over 400 ski resorts in America today. 

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Warren Miller: You Want Your Ski? Go Get It

Filmmaker Warren MillerI have been asked many times if I could start a film company today and make it grow like it did when I started in 1950, with a borrowed 16mm camera and $100 from each of four friends to start the company.

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Warren Miller: Ski World Records

Filmmaker Warren MillerFor some reason everyone wants to own a world’s record of some kind. This is especially evident among skiers. 

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Warren Miller: A Season Of Bright Sunny Days

Filmmaker Warren MillerOn our south-facing waterfront home on the island, the sun is slanting in low and brilliant, but it’s still freezing cold. 

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Warren Miller: A Pair Of Skis And A Pickup Truck

Filmmaker Warren MillerI get a lot of interesting questions on an almost daily basis. One of the questions I am most often asked is, “Do you think someone today can be a ski bum as you were by living in the parking lots of ski resorts?”

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Warren Miller: P-Butter Sandwiches On The Slopes

Filmmaker Warren MillerHaving just finished my favorite lunch of a peanut butter and banana sandwich with an ice-cold root beer, it is time to talk about how many sick days at work you have saved up.

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Warren Miller: Moon Landing And Electronics

Filmmaker Warren MillerOn a way-below zero December day in Montana, it is just too cold to ski. So I have been thinking about the other end of the thermometer.

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Warren Miller: Why Not Connect ‘Em?

Filmmaker Warren MillerIn the Sun Valley Opera House in November of 1950, 13 people paid $1 to see my first feature length ski film, “Deep and Light.” 

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Warren Miller: Those Every Weekend Ski Trips

Filmmaker Warren MillerI 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. 

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