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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.
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Warren Miller: The Day They Invented The Chairlift

Filmmaker Warren Miller

It was a hot summer day in 1936 in the railroad yard in Omaha, Nebraska. A former Olympic ski racer was there along with Averell Harriman, the President of the Pacific Railroad. 

 

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Warren Miller: Why Is It?

Filmmaker Warren MillerWhy is it that no matter how much you pay for your hotel, motel, lodge or condominium or how far in advance you make your reservations, you always get your deluxe room with a view right over the trash bin dumpsters? 

 

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Warren Miller: A Cold Day Like This One

Filmmaker Warren Miller

Outside it is 5 below zero and so clear you can see from the top of Pioneer Peak next to Big Sky, Mont., all the way to the Grand, which rises above Jackson Hole Wyo., a four-hour drive away. 

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Warren Miller: A Case For More Ski Areas

Filmmaker Warren Miller

In the winter of 1972 I flew to La Plagne, France, to work on my annual ski film. With me were Jon Reveal, Pat Bauman and Dick Dorworth. Dick had a 3-year-old beard almost to his waist, and Jon and Pat were clean-shaven.  

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Warren Miller: The Road To Filmmaking

Filmmaker Warren Miller

It is another new year. The desire to write some political columns is still there, but I will leave that to the political writers. 

 

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Warren Miller: Go North, Young Man

Filmmaker Warren Miller

So you are out of college and can’t find a job? As Richard Henry Dana once said, “Go north, young man!” 

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Warren Miller: Buying Keystone, 1970-Style

Warren Miller

In the early 1970s, I was producing a movie for my old friend Bob Maynard, the president of Keystone, Colo., at the time. 

 

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Warren Miller: You’d Hardly Recognize The Ski World Today

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In 1946, the ski world was a completely different place, one that few people would recognize today. America had less than 15 chairlifts when Ward Baker and I started for Alta in mid-November of that year. 

 

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Warren Miller: They Called It 'Ski Flying'

Filmmaker Warren Miller

Many years ago when everything was cheap by today’s standards, it still took ‘x’ hours of hard work to earn ‘x’ amount of money. 

 

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Warren Miller: Los Angeles -- Getting There Isn’t Half The Fun

Filmmaker Warren Miller

My trip to Los Angeles started normally. “That will be $25 for your first bag and $50 for your second bag.”  Followed by a neck to stocking-feet pat down and wanding because I have a steel rod in my right leg from when I broke it in 1998. 

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Warren Miller: So, When Do You Write Your Autobiography?

Filmmaker Warren Miller

Three and a half years after I started writing my biography, I am now starting to edit the mountain of paperwork that I have written. 

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Warren Miller: How The Ski World Turns

Filmmaker Warren Miller

The world is a different place every night when I get into bed. In 1946, the ski world was a completely different place few people in the world would recognize today. 

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Warren Miller: My ‘Imagineering’ And Bootlaces

Filmmaker Warren Miller

In the fall of 1948, I had all of my building supplies stored in a $5-a-month garage in Ketchum, Idaho. I was going to start building my first house when the snow melted in the spring. I was imagining what my house would look like when I finished it.

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Warren Miller: This Thing Called Writer’s Block

Filmmaker Warren Miller

“Writers block.” I have read about it over the years, but so far I have evaded its grip. I think I have not suffered from it because there is just so much to write about. (My wife would say that is a hanging preposition but I don’t know about those things.)  

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Warren Miller: Ward Baker And The Sun Valley Parking Lot

Filmmaker Warren Miller

During the winters of 1947-48, I lived with Ward Baker in the Sun Valley parking lot, in a 4x8- foot-trailer.  Someone asked me last night, “Who is this guy, Ward Baker?”  

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Warren Miller: Emile Allais (1912 – 2012)

Emile Allais

A few months more than 100 years ago, in the small French village of Megeve, a baker and his wife had a son they named Emile. 

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Warren Miller: Olympic Gold Great In Summer Or Winter

Warren Miller

It is already the middle of August and in a couple of months I will have to start doing a push up or two every day to get back in shape for a winter of (fill in the blank)____________.  

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Warren Miller: That 8mm Aladdin’s Lamp

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My next-door neighbor, Steve, recently gave me a wonderful present: a hand full of aluminum and a little bit of glass.  

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Warren Miller: Adventures On My New Boat

Filmmaker Warren Miller

A while back I purchased a beautiful new fiberglass rowboat so I could get some quiet exercise while rowing around the many islands that are near where we live in the summer.  

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Warren Miller: The Imperfect Flight Attendant

Filmmaker Warren Miller

The voice of the flight attendant came over the loudspeakers precisely as the textbook said it should have sounded. It did have just a hint of boredom after 30 years of sweaty palm landings.  

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