Pioneering ski filmmaker Warren Miller dead at 93

Warren Miller legendary filmmaker and ski icon passes away at 93

Warren Miller and his company produced almost 70 ski films since the 1950s, chronically freestyle and extreme skiing's evolution from tight mogul tuns to jumps off large cliffs in other-worldly high-mountain terrain.

Warren Miller, the iconic filmmaker who pioneered the genre of skiing and adventure sport films, passed away Wednesday evening at his home on Orcas Island.

Rafferty has no doubt that many of Utah's current crop of rabid skiers grew up back East and were stimulated to come West by ski movies they watched at local high schools or flat-land theaters. After that, Warren Miller Entertainment put out a new ski film each year, a tradition the company continued after Miller sold it in 2004.

Perhaps one of his most cited quotes provides some insight as to how Miller packed so much into one lifetime: "If you don't do it this year, you'll be one year older when you do". "Why can't you work at night and ski all day?" In his 2016 autobiography Freedom Found, Miller writes about hunting for Coca-Cola bottles on the beach to trade in for two cents to buy a candy bar.


Warren Miller Entertainment's latest film, Line of Descent, was released last summer. Thereafter, he would produce at least one feature-length movie a year.

"I've never really worked", he said. Time Inc. bought it in 2000 and later sold it. Warren Miller Entertainment It is now owned by Active Interest Media. Additionally, Warren Miller would set his movies to big rock n' roll songs and splice in bits of humor from the ski lifts, which just about every surf, skate, and snow video has copied since the early 80s and onward. In his eighties, Miller launched an organization, the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation, that provided entrepreneurial training to young people.

That was a shocker to some of us at Westword, since few filmmakers have captured the extremes of our state's ski and snowboarding culture better than Miller.

"Warren's legacy of adventure, freedom and humour carries on in the countless lives he touched", his wife of 30 years, Laurie Miller, said in a statement Thursday.

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