RIP Warren Miller

RIP Warren Miller

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A huge and important chapter in snowsports has at long last
sadly closed. Although he lived a long and lustrous life, Warren
Miller finally shed his mortal coil at the age of
93 and is now watching down on all of us from
the highest peak of all– Heaven.
For many years I would dedicate my first
column of each ski season to a review of
Warren’s own season-starting film of that
particular year. It’s ironic and symbolic to
me at least that the news of his death now
comprises my final ski column of 2018. The
man was a true pioneering icon and a beloved
filmmaker with his own super unique style.
He introduced generations to the thrills and
freedom of snowsports for over 60 years.
Though he died peacefully of natural causes
at his home on Orcas Island, WA, his work will
thankfully live on forever.
The man’s distinct, droll narration and
humorous hijinks on the slopes highlighted his
films and made him impossible to be confused
with any other filmmaker. Widely considered
the original ski bum, Miller’s talents actually
went well beyond ski filmmaking. He produced
more than 500 films, primarily covering
outdoor pursuits, including surfing, sailing,
and other watersports. As an artist, cartoonist,
and author, he also wrote 1,200 columns and
11 books.
Miller was a World War II veteran, ski instructor,
ski racer, accomplished surfer, and even a
champion sailor! He took up windsurfing when
he was in his 60’s, and got into destination
motor boating in his 70’s and 80’s. Talk about
a renaissance man! Later in his 80’s and
90’s, Miller’s philanthropic efforts provided
entrepreneurial training to thousands of youth
nationwide, focusing on hard work, ingenuity,
and creativity.
Perhaps one of his most cited quotes provides
insight as to how this man packed so much into one lifetime:
“If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.”
His wife of the past 30 years Laurie Miller, had this to say about
her husband’s passing; “This is a sad day during which we draw
some comfort from the fact that Warren’s
legacy of adventure, freedom and humor
carries on in the countless lives he touched.
Warren loved nothing more than sharing his
life’s adventures and hearing literally every
day from friends old and new about how his
stories inspired others to enrich and enjoy
their own lives. All of us are better for knowing
and loving Warren.”
“Warren Miller was a globally loved
ambassador for skiing and adventure sports,
pioneering an entire genre of filmmaking,”
said Andy Clurman, CEO of Active Interest
Media, the parent company of Warren Miller
Entertainment. “We join generations of
Warren’s fans in both mourning his loss and
celebrating a life well lived.”
His family encourages those who are
able, to ski a favorite run or enjoy another
activity they love in Warren’s memory. In
lieu of memorial gifts, the family also invites
those inclined to benefit the Warren Miller
Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, MT:
www.warrenmillerpac.org.
If you’ve ever seen one of his films you can
easily imagine his instantly recognizable dry
voice saying : “I’ll see you same time, same
place next year, only I’ll be watching from a
different mountaintop.”
To look more in depth into Warren’s amazing
life click www.warrenmiller.org.
I’ll end off with a couple of cartoons from
fellow ski journalist Mike Roth. One is all
about the devil versus angel dilemma that
especially pressures newbies. The other one
is all about the increasing amount of drones
being used everywhere lately including ski
resorts. Like many things in life, there are both
good and bad uses.
On that note– Ski ya next season!

by: ALAN TECCHIO

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