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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: Those Last 1940’s Runs

Filmmaker Warren Miller

Everyone can easily remember his or her first day of skiing in the early winter with five inches of powder snow, crystal clear, and very cold.  Anticipation is in the air as you feel your new skis getting extra grooves in them on the four-inch rocks.

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Warren Miller: An Extraordinary Winter

Filmmaker Warren Miller

This has been a winter of extraordinary weather patterns and snowfalls. 2014 had more snowfall in Detroit and Chicago than they have had since 1884. The north polar icecap has increased by 900,000 square miles. 

 

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Warren Miller: ‘Mountain Man’ Lou Whittaker

Filmmaker Warren Miller

Lou Whittaker is a giant among men at six-foot-five except when he is around his equally tall twin brother, Jim. It is almost impossible to tell them apart. 

 

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Warren Miller: The Franz Gabl Story

Filmmaker Warren Miller

When Averell Harriman was skiing in St. Anton in 1933 and 1934, he became aware of how Hannes Schneider and his ski school was able to keep the Post Hotel and several other smaller pensions open all winter to house his many pupils who came there from all over the world to learn how to ski.

 

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Warren Miller: Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Filmmaker Warren Miller

Everyone has a comfort zone of some size and in some places. Wherever yours is, it gets more comfortable with each visit. 

 

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Warren Miller: Art For Sale

Filmmaker Warren Miller

If I had to make a living with my artwork, I could do better with a cardboard sign and a beard at a boulevard stop somewhere.

 

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Warren Miller: Notable Guests

Filmmaker Warren Miller

There is a lot to do at a ski resort besides ride a chairlift. I have spent most of my adult life riding them and then making turns or filming people making turns all day and attending more than my share of dinner parties. 

 

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Warren Miller: Warren And Klaus Remember

Filmmaker Warren Miller

The annual fundraiser for the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation was held the other night at the Yellowstone Club. It was very successful. 

 

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Warren Miller: A Pair Of Skis And A Pickup Truck

Filmmaker Warren Miller

I 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: On Getting Older

Filmmaker Warren Miller

Let’s face it. By the time you finish reading this article you will be older than when you started. I know because I am getting older with each passing month or year as I read and write a lot of stuff. All that writing takes a lot of time. 

 

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Warren Miller: A Week Of Knee-Deep Powder

Filmmaker Warren Miller

When I produced my first ski movie in 1949/50, there were less than 15 chairlifts in the world. Everyone who went in the ski business in the next 25 years was a real innovator. 

 

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Warren Miller: World Records

Filmmaker Warren Miller

For 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: Take Your Kids Skiing

Filmmaker Warren Miller

I 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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Warren Miller: Inside A Deep Freeze

Filmmaker Warren Miller

When we arrived in Montana mid-December, after our semi-annual migration, all we had to do was unload the big trailer and I had to start taking my altitude medicine so I can breathe my way through the winter.

 

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Warren Miller: A Season of Bright Sunny Days

 

Filmmaker Warren Miller

On 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: Don Brolin’s Best Shots

Filmmaker Warren Miller

The winter solstice had just started, the time of the year when the ever-shortening days stop and start getting longer. 

 

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Warren Miller: Klaus Obermeyer At Ninety-Four Years Young

Filmmaker Warren Miller

It was nice to congratulate Klaus Obermeyer recently on his 94th birthday. I think he is the ultimate entrepreneur in the American ski industry. He owns and manages the largest ski-only clothing company in America. 

 

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Warren Miller: My Christmas Eve Story

Filmmaker Warren Miller

I had finished my last minute Christmas shopping and driven back to where I was staying through the gathering darkness and the monotonous numbing noise of my windshield wipers.

 

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Warren Miller: Now My Photos Are Antiques

Filmmaker Warren Miller (Warren Miller Freedom Foundation)

I 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 that I have accumulated over the years. 

 

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Warren Miller: My First Day On Skis

Filmmaker Warren Miller (Warren Miller Freedom Foundation)

I’ve been lucky to have experienced a lot of firsts in my skiing career.

 

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