This fall, Warren Miller Entertainment debuts its 69th annual ski film, continuing a tradition that the late godfather of action-sports films started decades ago. Face of Winter promises to deliver all that WME ski flicks have become known for: jaw-dropping scenery, adrenaline-pumping ski action, and above all, an intimate look at the people and places that make skiing so rad.
In the gallery below, this year’s WME athletes and crew pay tribute to Warren, the original face of winter, and the entertainment legacy he leaves behind. Since Warren would be the first to admit that he may have borrowed one (or many) of his famous, quirky one-liners, we thought it only right to borrow Warren’s words in turn. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Like Warren, Mike Wiegele was a pioneer of the ski industry, being one of the first to explore heli-assisted backcountry skiing in B.C. and founding Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing. The Wiegele op has been featured in countless WME films over the years, and Mike himself also skied for Warren’s camera back in the day. Read Mike’s full interview here.
For the past decade, Jonny Moseley has been the voice of WME’s annual ski movies. He’s a bonafide veteran, having appeared both in and behind the scenes of WME films since 1998. He remembers his debut in WME’s Freeriders, ripping moguls in a white onesie, vividly. Read Jonny’s full interview here.
If Jess McMillan weren’t a professional skier, she really has no clue what else she would be. So it’s a good thing the whole professional ski bum thing worked out. The Freeride World Tour Champion has won more freeskiing comps than any other skier, and has been a regular fixture in WME films since 2011. Read Jess’ full interview here.
Since 1978, Kim Schneider has been the man behind the scenes of WME’s annual film. For 10 years Schneider and Warren worked side by side during long, grueling editing days to deliver the next WME film to the masses. Here he reflects on the ups and downs of being part of the WME team. Read Kim’s full interview here.
Blizzard athlete Johan Jonsson is Swedish by summer, Swiss by winter. The pro freeskier first fell in love with the lift-accessed extremes of Engelberg in 2002, and has returned from his home in Sweden for every winter season since. Read the full interview with Johan here.
If there’s one thing that professional freeskier Anna Segal is always game for, it’s adventure. So when the Ozzie native and former slopestyle Olympian was invited to join the WME crew in Iceland to shoot for this year’s film, she ditched her day job and hopped on a plane. Read the full interview with Anna here.