Legendary ski-film maker, Warren Miller, dies at 93 | SkyHiNews.com

Legendary ski-film maker, Warren Miller, dies at 93

Bill Hamilton
Special to Sky-Hi News
Warren Miller

Warren Miller, the ski-film maker who introduced more people to the joys of downhill skiing than any other person on the planet, passed away Wednesday at age 93, at his home on Orcas Island, Wash.

As many Grand County skiers will attest: Ski season cannot really start until the latest Warren Miller ski film is released.

In the days ahead, much will be written about the life of Warren Miller and maybe about Laurie, his equally amazing wife. Here, however, are some things about Warren that might not be told: Over his entire 93 years, Warren never touched alcohol or tobacco. Given some of the outlandishly harrowing heights he climbed to film his extreme skiing videos, an ordinary mortal would probably have swallowed copious amounts of Dutch courage.

Warren served as a naval officer in the Pacific during World War II. As his submarine chaser was returning home across the Pacific, a wave from a hurricane swamped the aft end of his ship. The flooded ship was sinking. But Miller railed the stricken crew together in their time of terror. It was Miller who organized the crew to make it safely across the pitching seas to a rescue ship.

Getting Warren to talk about that terror-stricken night was always difficult; however, in his latest book, “Freedom Found: My Life Story,” at pages 96 to 102, Miller finally told his tale.

A gifted speaker, writer and cartoonist, Miller also wrote, “Warren Miller on Film and Print,” “Lurching From One Near Disaster to the Next,” and “Ski and Snow Country.”

Warren may be gone from us; however, his ski films, videos and his books live on forever while he is probably figuring out how to install Heaven’s first chair lift.


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