No introduction is needed, every skier knows who Warren Miller is. Okay, maybe not skiers in Mongolia. Miller is probably the most recognized name in skiing out there today and he never won a Olympic Medal, a World Cup, invented ski equipments or technique. He is first and foremost known for entertaining the general public with his ski movies.
I was going to publish this Friday Night Movie on Warren Miller in October, however the news that Miller was going to received a Lifetime Achievement Award next week made it appropriate to post this now. Plus, if you’re around Seattle and wish to attend, click on the LINK for details and tickets to event.
Seattle International Film Festival is proud to present the Golden Space Needle Award for Lifetime Achievement Award to Warren Miller on June 8, 2011 at Benaroya Hall. Join us for this special event to celebrate the life and works of the man who created a genre.
Get your tickets early as this event will sell out.
Born on October 15 1924 in Hollywood, California, he’s started making movies in 1946. In 1950, he started an annual movies became a Fall tradition than continues today. Movies that would combine great skiing, great photography and funny bloopers. He was inducted in the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame in 1978. Here is a quote from the Ski Hall:
After service in the navy during World War Two Warren Miller spend the 1946-1947 ski season as a ski bum, driving to every ski area possible with a car and a small camper trailer. This lead to an extraordinary career as an author on skiing and a film maker. Indeed the name of Warren Miller has become synonymous with the term ski films.
Through the early years he worked as a ski instructor and also engaged as a ski racer. However, his film making took off in the early 1950’s and the premier of the annual Warren Miller ski film became an event that skiers could not miss. His films reached millions and drew countless skiers to the sport.
Warren Miller started and owned the company that bares his name until he sold it to his son Kurt in 1988. Although the movie and company is still called Warren Miller Entertainment, Warren hasn’t be actively involved since 2004. Kurt Miller sold the company in 2007. The company is now owned by Bonnier Corporation, a magazine publisher which publishes more than 40 magazines including Ski and Skiing.
There was a dispute two years ago when Warren Miller had a small part in the Level 1 Productions. WME which owns everything associated with the name sued Level 1 for copyright infringement, the lawsuit was later dismissed in court (First Tracks Online News).
At 86, Warren Miller is still active today, although not in movies, he still skis and writes books.
Wikipedia page which includes his biography and list of movies.