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Tahoe City, CA
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The club

I have never turned down the infrequent offer of a free ride in a private jet. Laurie and I were living in Vail and enjoying the good life of skiing every day, many of which were with our friends, Jack and Joanne Kemp. Jack had introduced me to someone with a wild idea to build a private ski resort in...

Small town living

Orcas Island, where we live spring summer and fall, is only about 85 miles north of Seattle and, yet, an estimated 90 percent of the people in Seattle haven’t taken the ferryboat ride from Anacortes to Orcas Island. This is fine with my wife and me because we like the quietness. On the last Saturday in June every year, about...


About half a mile away from our house on our island is a treacherous rock, which at low tide is about 6 inches out of the water and the rest of the time lurks just under the surface, waiting to rip the bottom out of any boat that goes over it. That rock is just one of thousands that...

WD 40

Editor’s Note: This will be Warren Miller’s last column. Due to vision problems, Warren will no longer be writing his column. His new book will be released later this spring. As you get older, there are a couple of days every year when your entire body cries out in pain. One is the day after your first day of skiing,...

Ice wagon

I am in the final stages of editing my biography after a 4-year struggle writing about the ups and downs through a lot of years: much fun, some pathos. Some parts of my life are probably only interesting to me, but I’ve put it all down, never the less. I have been privileged to live through a lot of changes...

Take your kids skiing

“The good side of it is that you spent all of those great times skiing together until he started to find out about girls and snowboards, in that order.” I watched the heavily laden SUV with sagging springs park a few cars away and Mom, Dad and five kids started pulling out skis and stuff. The oldest kid had a...

Art for sale

If I had to make a living with my artwork, I could do better with a cardboard sign and a beard at a boulevard stop somewhere. When I was only 10-years-old and living with my grandparents and my great uncle, I used to watch him make wonderful pen and ink drawings in his diary. I tried in my own crude...

Birth of a Ski Resort

I was lucky to witness the growth of skiing from less than 15 chairlifts in America to more than 400 ski resorts in America today. It is important to note, however, that less than 30 years ago, there were just more than 1,200 ski areas, but with insurance and federal regulations, many of them had to close. Those were the...


The first of the season edition of Ski Magazine and The Ski Journal dropped into my post office box last week, but, unfortunately, it is still 105 long days until mid-December when many of America’s ski resorts advertise they will open. There are a few of them at oxygen-starvation altitudes that will open earlier and some that are in...

The Pursuit

The 20-foot Pursuit (my old camera boat) was loaded to the Plimsoll mark as we moved away from the launching ramp in Anacortes, Wash. I didn’t know it at the time, but this exploration of the San Juan Islands, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island in this small boat would change my life forever. I had no idea whatsoever that...


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