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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 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. More

Warren Miller: Around The World On Skis

Filmmaker Warren MillerIn New York City one afternoon, Stan Washburn, the 1950s-‘60s system promotion director for Pan American Airways, suggested that I ride Pan-American Airlines around the world, take my skis along, and call my next movie “Around the World On Skis.” Stan was also the inventor of a ski-training, balancing board called the Bongo Board.

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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 that the chairlift ticket is the magic carpet to an amazing world of freedom, they are quite reasonable.

 

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Warren Miller: Firsts At Mount Waterman

Filmmaker Warren MillerThe 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 built the second chairlift in California.

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Warren Miller: Life’s Unanticipated Consequences

Filmmaker Warren Miller

Once in a while it’s a good idea to pause in your journey through life and realize what might have happened if you turned right instead of left at that fork in the road.

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Warren Miller: Revisiting Sun Valley In The ‘40s

Filmmaker Warren MillerWhen I drove into the Sun Valley parking lot with Ward Baker in January 1947 I had no idea I would spend the next three winters there.

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Warren Miller: Skiing Then And Now

Filmmaker Warren MillerIf you’re lucky enough to have skied as long as I have, from back in the late 1930s, you’ll know the ski season then was completely different than today.

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Warren Miller: A Ride To Pioneer Peak

Filmmaker Warren MillerIn the spring of 1997, my wife Laurie and I were living the good life in Vail, Colorado, skiing almost every day, when I was invited to take a ride on a private jet to Bozeman, Montana.

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Warren Miller: A Whole Lot Of Words

Filmmaker Warren MillerSince I got my first job writing a weekly newspaper column for the Vail Daily about 25 years ago …52 columns a year, for 25 years, 1,300 columns equals a lot of words!

 

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Warren Miller: Early Days At SoCal's Mount Waterman

Filmmaker Warren MillerThe eastern city limits of Pasadena rise abruptly up to Mount Wilson where there is a 100-inch telescope that was state-of-the-art 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 built the second chairlift in California.

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Warren Miller: First Tracks In Europe

Filmmaker Warren MillerBoth the Swiss and Austrian tourist bureaus hosted me on my first trip to Europe in 1953.  All I had to do was get to New York, carry my camera everywhere, and expose a lot of 16mm film. It was a very long drive in my panel delivery truck from Los Angeles to New York on a 2-lane highway. The interstate had not yet been built yet.

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Warren Miller: Sounds Of The Night

Filmmaker Warren MillerWe had dinner last night in a new restaurant owned by a good friend of mine. It was so loud 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 explained restaurants today are designed with acoustics that will always be very loud.

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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: The Trials Of A World 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: 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: The Big Red Ski Truck

Filmmaker Warren MillerIn the spring of 1950, I was surfing at San Onofre when a friend named Burrhead drove up in a shiny brand-new Chevrolet panel delivery truck. It was the perfect surfing wagon and he had already converted the inside into what I thought was the perfect apartment on wheels.

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Warren Miller: Those 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: Fixing The Lift At Squaw Valley

Filmmaker Warren MillerIt was the middle of February 1950 at this brand-new ski resort called Squaw Valley. Which was, at best, only half finished in almost every respect.

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Warren Miller: On Teaching At Sun Valley

Filmmaker Warren MillerEarly in the 1948-49 season, I was sitting in one of Nelson Bennett’s log cabins on Trail Creek organizing my new shoelace business as I poured some coffee for a friend of mine who was on the ski patrol. He asked me if I was going to try and get a job working in the ski school.

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Warren Miller: Creating Jobs On Snow

Filmmaker Warren MillerAbout 50 miles south of the Bozeman, Montana airport, a gondola will take you to the top of Big Sky. It opens up over 5,000 vertical feet of uninterrupted skiing.

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Warren Miller: A Drug Called Kodachrome

Filmmaker Warren MillerAfter 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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