A Piece Regarding Warren Miller

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A Piece Regarding Warren Miller

In 2012, Warren Miller, the guy widely known by ski lovers for his films advertising the sport, took a seat with Neal Thompson to discuss his career and tell some of the background of how it all began *. For anyone who loves to ski, it’s exciting to hear someone speak about the sport with that kind of passion, and it’s cool to become better accustomed with some of the behind-the-scenes that made up this man’s story.

Warren talks about how, as a Boy Scout, he had purchased a Univex camera for a mere 35 cents. Upon his return home, he’d show these small pictures to other friends who were busy in sports and other things (not Boy Scouts).

After getting out of the army in World War II, he purchased an 8 mm camera, and the pictures that he took of himself and friends were primarily with the intent of assessment their own skiing so they could evaluate what they were doing and then aim to develop. After his first season of skiing in Sun Valley, ID, he returned to California and showed the pictures that he ‘d taken of them learning how to ski to his surfer friends. Showing what it looked like to be on skis in snow in the mountains must have been foreign and intriguing!

Other fun facts?

When Warren Miller first began making films, ski resorts were a far cry from what they are today. Well, to begin with, when he first began what became his trademark work, there were only 15!

One of the fascinating things he talks about in the interview is how he negotiated showing his film to 50,000 people in a year, back in the day. He ‘d show a film to roughly 500 people a night. To show it to 50,000 people in a year, that meant he had to do 100 nights, traveling from location to location and setting up his show.

While many of us haven’t spent our professional lives working in the ski industry like Warren Miller, we can still appreciate fresh powder and the way it makes a day on the slopes absolutely epic. Whether you are taking the whole office, going with the extended family for a reunion over Christmas vacation, or need to take a group of 8th graders up for a day field trip, we are here to help. Any day that we can facilitate joy in the great outdoors is a good day in our books.

* To watch the interview and learn more, visit here:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3EM_NWs86FU
(This interview is where the information in this article originated from.)