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Warren Miller Has Died

Warren Miller, whose ski films made him a legend in the ski world in his own lifetime, has died at the age of 93.

Miller was born in 1924 in depression era USA.  Being keen on skiing, surfing and photography as a boy he joined the navy during the war and shot his first ski films at Yosemite on a borrowed cine camera whilst on leave at Christmas 1944.

Leaving the navy in 1946 he spent his winters working as a ski instructor at Sun Valley, Idaho where he filmed fellow young ski teachers to help them improve their technique.

His films became increasingly popular, not just for their commentary but for humorous commentary and scenes Miller added in.  In 1949, aged 25, Miller set up a film company in his name and began making one big movie a year, which he took himself initially around theatres and ski resorts, narrating the commentary.

The films became increasingly popular to an ever wider, eventually global, audience, with the arrival of the new film each autumn heralding the start of the new season for skiers.

Warren Miller's "Beyond The Edge" Theme Song, 1986

Congratulations to the late Dan Fogelberg, who is being inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame this year! Dan composed the theme song for Warren Miller's "Beyond the Edge" (1986), one of our all-time favorites. Do yourself a favor and take a look at this clip.Click here to download the full film:

Posted by Warren Miller Entertainment on Freitag, 9. Juni 2017


Miller travelled the skiing word looking for locations and featured some of the greats of the skiing world in his films including The Arlberg’s father of downhill skiing Hannes Schneider and the French skiing sensation, Jean Claude Killy, with whom he toured the world for six months in the late 1960s making a TV series.

Miller made the films annually for almost four decades to the late 1970s when he sold his company.  However he kept narrating films until as recently as 2004.

Miller was famous for his humour and witticisms as well as his cinematography and for taking skiers to exotic and exciting parts of the world they were unlikely to visit and could not then see instantly on a small screen as they can today.  He wrote 11 books and over a thousand articles for newspapers and magazines.

A statement posted today on Warren Miller’s website says,

“We are saddened to share the news that our beloved Warren passed away peacefully at the age of 93 at his home on Orcas Island, WA. While this is a time of profound loss, we are comforted that Warren’s life touched so many. Warren made the extraordinary seem accessible, and his legacy of freedom, humour, and adventure endures through all of you. Whether you saw his movies, read his books or met him on the slopes, he considered you to be part of his family. Your love meant the world to him. For those who are able, ski your favourite run or do something else you love in Warren’s memory.  As Warren might say: “I’ll see you same time, same place next year, only I’ll be watching from a different mountaintop.”

  1. Kate Eccles

    25th January 2018 6:02 pm

    RIP Warren Miller, your films were an inspiration to many. Thank you ⛷

    • Mike

      28th January 2018 5:32 am

      I used to go to Warren Miller films when I was a kid. Warren was actually the narrating. It was always packed and everyone was pumped. Almost like the first chair up on a POW day. It was the unofficial beginning of the ski season. Now, with YouTube, we will never have that vibe again.

  2. Caro Golder

    27th January 2018 3:09 pm

    Warren Miller’s films were an annual event to be looked forward to when I lived in Canada in the 60’s and 70’s and learnt to ski then teach it.
    Now living in the UK and about to depart for skiing in Austria, I will be thinking of him.

  3. Stephen Acciaroli

    29th January 2018 5:30 am

    Year after year a memorable experience getting my friends and I excited for the new ski season. He always seemed to out do his entertainment value by finding the best talented and not so talented with a blend of awesome cinematography and humour. As an amateur ( B.C. Canadian ) movie maker myself, starting with VHS, Beta, 8 mm and now digital, I often say to myself how would Warren Miller get this shot.
    Mr. Miller has been one of the greatest inspiration to me since my first turns in 1970 something. His magic will remaining in my own skiing until Ullar himself decides that will do.. Times up…

    Turn em!

  4. Dave Ceva

    29th January 2018 8:29 pm

    Will never forget renting the latest Warren Miller movie on VHS, gathering with my friends in my basement to watch, getting pumped for the upcoming season, RIP and thank you. Ski on!

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