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Warren’s World

  • Franz Gabl

    By Warren Miller on April 9, 2014
    When Averill Harriman was skiing in St. Anton in 1933 and 1934, he became aware of how Hannes Schneider and his ski school was able to keep the Post Hotel and several other smaller pensions open all winter to house his many pupils who came there from all over the world to learn how to ski. Averill also saw the […]
  • The imperfect flight attendant

    By Warren Miller on March 26, 2014
    The voice of the flight attendant came over the loudspeaker precisely as the textbook said it should have sounded. It did have just a hint of boredom after 30 years of sweaty palm landings. I was instinctively blocking out the safety message of, “If we experience water landing, the seat cushions can act as a flotation device.” It was not […]
  • A pair of skis and a pickup truck

    By Warren Miller on March 12, 2014
    I get a lot of interesting questions on an almost daily basis. One of the questions I am most often asked is, “Do you think someone today can be a ski bum as you were by living in the parking lots of ski resorts?” My simple answer is a definitive, “Of course.” There are degrees of a skiing/working balance, but […]
  • Knee-deep powder snow

    By Warren Miller on February 26, 2014
    As I’ve said many times, when I produced my first ski movie in 1949-50, there were less than 15 chairlifts in the world. Everyone who went in the ski business in the next 25 years was an innovator. One of those innovators was an Austrian named Mike Wiegele who talked his father into an airplane ticket to Canada, but Mike […]
  • World records

    By Warren Miller on February 12, 2014
    For some reason, everyone wants to own a world’s record of some kind. This is especially evident among skiers. The all-time record for winning ski races might belong to Jean Claude Killy, who won 17 world cup races, including three Olympic gold medals. Or, maybe he’s been surpassed by Bode Miller. Whomever it is, he/she is an amazing athlete. In […]
  • Art for sale

    By Warren Miller on January 29, 2014
    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 […]
  • Don Brolin

    By Warren Miller on January 15, 2014
    Winter is the best time of the year for ski photographers to get his or her best shots with the low angle of the short, backlit, north-facing sunny days. On a quiet street in Boulder, Colo., Don Brolin was resting quietly in his afternoon nap. Don was watched over by his wife Colleen and her sister, a registered nurse from […]
  • Moon landing

    By Warren Miller on January 8, 2014
    On a below zero, December day in Montana, it is just too cold to ski, and I have been thinking about the other end of the thermometer. (But, before I go there I have to tell you a good way to help keep you warm while you are skiing. Under the turtle neck of your T-shirt, wrap a small face […]
  • Klaus Obermeyer, 94 years young

    By Warren Miller on December 25, 2013
    It was nice to congratulate Klaus Obermeyer this month on his 94th birthday. I think he is the ultimate entrepreneur in the American ski industry. He owns and manages the largest ski-only clothing company in America. His trip to the top was not an easy one. When I first met Klaus in July 1948, he was way over his head […]
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  • The club

    By Warren Miller on December 11, 2013
    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 […]
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