A Bit about Warren Miller
In 2012, Warren Miller, the person greatly known by ski hobbyists for his films advertising the sport, sat down with Neal Thompson to discuss his career and tell some of the background of how it all began *. For anybody who loves to ski, it’s thrilling to hear someone talk about the sport with that type of passion, and it’s exciting to become better acquainted with some of the behind-the-scenes that made up this man’s story.
Warren talks about how, as a Boy Scout, he had purchased a Univex camera for a mere 35 cents. Upon his return home, he’d show these small pictures to other friends who were busy in sports and other things (not Boy Scouts).
After leaving the army in World War II, he acquired an 8 mm camera, and the pictures that he took of himself and friends were originally with the intent of critiquing their own skiing so they could analyze what they were doing and then try to develop. So, after his first season of skiing in Sun Valley, ID, he went back to California and showed the pictures that he’d taken of them learning how to ski to his surfer friends. Showing what it looked like to be on skis in snow in the mountains must have been intriguing and foreign!
Additional fun facts?
When Warren primarily began making films, ski resorts were a far cry from what they are today. Curious how? Well, to start with, when he first began what became his trademark work, there were only 15 chairlifts operating in the United States!
One of the extraordinary things he talks about in the interview is how he negotiated showing his film to 50,000 people in a year, in the past. Today, with the developments in technology, any of us can shoot video on the mountain with our iPhones, add a filter if we want, and upload it or send it to a ton of people, right away. When he began his work, what did he have to do to make it available to lots of people? He’d show a film to approximately 500 people a night. To show it to 50,000 people in a year, that meant he had to do 100 nights, traveling from location to location and putting together his show. After making this comparison, he said, simply: “That’s how much time has gotten condensed.”
While many of us haven’t spent our professional lives working in the ski industry like Warren Miller, we can still appreciate fresh powder and the way it makes a day on the slopes absolutely epic. Whether you are taking the whole office, going with the extended family for a reunion over Christmas vacation, or need to take a group of 8th graders up for a day field trip, we are here to help. Any day that we can facilitate joy in the great outdoors is a good day in our books.
* To watch the interview and learn more, go here:
(This interview is where the information in this article originated from.)