Iconic ski movie pioneer Warren Miller passed away yesterday at the age of 93. His impact as a filmmaker is unsurpassed, and his influence in that medium has also influenced the sport and the resort industry.
Even if you’ve never seen his work, you’ve felt his impact — skiing and snowboarding would be something different than what it is today if not for Warren Miller. Not necessarily the way you ski or the board you’re on, but the evolution of style, the language, the attitude, the way resorts respond to customer demand — all of it is what has been subtly steered through the years by Warren’s lens and voice.
Perhaps one of the segments most impacted by Warren Miller is backcountry and side-country skiing. It would’ve happened eventually without him, but it’s happened sooner because of him.
Another is the sense of urgency and excitement among core skiers and snowboarders at the outset of the season. Yes we’d have that sense of anticipation, but Warren’s films have undoubtedly heightened it. And although “Warren Miller Entertainment” is now little more than a brand name and the namesake films don’t have nearly the same influence, they are still a right of passage for many.
I sincerely believe that parents will take pre-teen kids to these films for many Novembers to come…and as they sit in wide-eyed wonder, Warren’s influence will continue to turn them into lifelong enthusiasts.
That’s a pretty darn significant legacy — and so we say sincerely: Thanks Warren.
“You want your skis? Go get ’em.”
“If at first you don’t succeed, try again. If it still doesn’t work out, success may not be your thing.”
“The best place in the world to ski is where you’re skiing that day.”
“If I ask anybody who learned to ski after the age of five, they can remember their first day of skiing-what the weather was like, who they went with, what they had for lunch. I believe that’s because that first day on skis was the first day of total freedom in their life.”
“If you don’t try skiing or snowboarding this year, you’ll be at least one year older when you do.”
“Winter begins NOW”