Warren Miller, legendary ski filmmaker, dead at 93
It's the 68th edition in the Warren Miller series of ski films. Full screening Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at the Reno Ballroom.
ORCAS ISLAND, Wash. - Warren A. Miller, the iconic filmmaker who introduced generations to skiing and outdoor adventures, died Wednesday night at 93.
He died peacefully of natural causes at his home on Orcas Island, Wash., , his family announced Thursday.
Miller earned global acclaim and a passionate, multi-generational following for his annual ski feature films, which kicked off the ski season for more than 60 years in hundreds of cities across the U.S. and around the world.
While he was known as the original ski bum, Miller’s talents went beyond ski filmmaking. He produced more than 500 films, primarily covering outdoor pursuits, including surfing, sailing and other water sports. As an artist, cartoonist, and author, he wrote columns and books.
He also was a World War II veteran, a ski instructor and ski racer, an accomplished surfer and a champion sailor. He took up windsurfing in his 60s, then turned to destination motorboating in his 70s and 80s, exploring the Northwest and Alaska from his home on Orcas Island. During his 80s and 90s,
One of his most cited quotes: “If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.”
Miller is survived by his wife Laurie; by his sons Scott and Kurt; by his daughter, Chris; and by his stepson, Colin Kaufmann.
The family asked those who are able to ski a favorite run or enjoy another activity they love in Miller's memory.
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