Warren Miller was one of a kind. He had a goal from that first day he set up camp in the Sun Valley parking lot: to share his passion for skiing with the World. This quote sums it up nicely:
“The best place in the world to ski is where you’re skiing that day.”
We all grew up watching Warren Miller films. Like countless other skiers, the release of his new annual film signified the official begining of the season. The stoke in the crowd was always palpable. I recall meeting the man himself one November at a show in Vancouver BC. He introduced the show, spoke at his iconic 'Intermissions' and took the time to meet and chat with fans after the show. He signed my book and I checked 'Meet Warren Miller' off my ski bucket list.
The first Warren Miller movie I ever saw was Steep and Deep. I would have been around 8 years old and really deepening my love of skiing. I have parents who promoted the sport and me doing it which makes me one of the luckiest kids on the planet. I watched Steep and Deep countless times. Seeing people drop cliffs in exotic places, laughing at the bloopers and then seeing those two guys jump off the skids of a helicopter...I was in! This was the life for me.
In looking around the web for info on Warren Miller's life, I came across this quote about skiing with your kids:
Exactly one day in your like your kid will ski as good as you do. The next day, he'll ski better than you.
I am at that stage now in my skiing life. Teaching my kids how to ski. They are only 4 and 2 right now but it won't be long before the above quote becomes a reality. And I can't wait for it!
Last Christmas I got Warren Miller's latest book: Freedom Found as a gift from my wife. It is an amazing account of a remarkable life lived with a single focus and desire to share one's passion with as many people as he could. I am not sure if it was Warren Miller who said it or not, but:
The World would be a much happier place if more people found the freedom of sliding down a mountain on a pair of skis
It sounds like something he would say. You will be missed Warren but you sure left your mark and will not be forgotten.