Ski Resort Life

Warren Miller Through The Years

A visual timeline of the life of a ski-industry icon.


Warren Miller at age four.
Photo courtesy of Warren Miller

Warren Miller was born on October 15, 1924 in Hollywood, Calif.

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His first still camera was a Bakelite Univex, bought for 39 cents. In 1946 he purchased a Bell & Howell 8-mm camera for $77.

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He learned to ski at Mt. Waterman, outside of Los Angeles, with his Boy Scout troop leader in 1937.  

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Warren debuted his first film, “Deep and Light,” in 1950, at the age of 26. He shot it with a borrowed 16-millimeter camera. In 1950, only 12 chairlifts existed in North America.

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 In the mid-1940s, Warren Miller lived in the Sun Valley parking lot for 100 days for $18. He was a ski instructor in Sun Valley during the 1948-49 season. 

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Warren was skiing up to 250 days/year when he started making films.

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Warren Miller wrote and narrated 57 annual feature films for Warren Miller Entertainment. But Warren’s voice did appear in some of #58 and #64, which were narrated by Jonny Moseley.

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Warren Miller Day in Idaho is on February 5 – declared by former Idaho Governor John Evans.

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Warren Miller is the author of 11 books and has written more than 1,200 weekly newspaper columns over the past two decades. His autobiography, “Freedom Found,” was released 2016.

Warren Miller died on January 24th, 2018. He was 93 years old.  You can find SKI Magazine’s written tribute to Warren Miller here.

Read “The World’s First Ski Bum,” an excerpt from Warren’s Autobiography, “Freedom Found.”