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Sunday, August 20, 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...

Ski migration

I think migration to the far away, snow-covered mountains of the West really began in a railroad yard in Omaha, Neb., during the summer of 1936. It began immediately after Averill Harriman, whose father owned the Union Pacific Railroad, financed the construction of America’s first destination ski resort, Sun Valley, Idaho. Steve Hannagan, Averill’s public relations genius told him, “no...

Sixteen Skis

It is snowing really big snowflakes outside and there is not a breath of wind. A perfect day to make sure your Goggles are shined and your entire body is all tuned up and ready to enjoy a perfect day like this one promises to be. If you want the best equipment to handle each condition of snow, you can...

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...


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