Praise For Warren
Amazing tributes and sentiments have been shared across the internet in the last week. Here is a collection of those who recognized Warren Miller's contribution to the ski and snowboard industry and beyond.
This past week has left the staff at Warren Miller Entertainment speechless. Warren spent his life investing in others and creating dreams for all snow sport enthusiasts. He made us laugh, hard. While encouraging us to find the true beauty that awaits us outdoors. And quickly he became THE archetype of skiing. Warren was able to flood a crowd with excitement year after year and when you bring the myth of Warren Miller into full frame, it is undeniable that he created the sanctuary of skiing within us. You don’t have to dive too far into the internet to see the scope of principles this legend has left for us. The outpouring of support and love for Warren Miller since his death last week at the age of 93 has been monumental. From professional athletes, to press coverage to average skiers expressing their deep connection to this man’s life’s work—Warren’s impact on this world was profound.
From the masses on social media...
To the press...
“The self-deprecating powder hound had a way of putting things — through his deliciously funny narration, his awe-inspiring films and his great love for life — that lured generations to the slopes and wherever else there was fun to be had.” - Denver Post
“I don’t think there’s anyone, alive or dead, who influenced skiing in North America more than Warren Miller,” said Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah, marketing arm of the state’s $1 billion-a-year industry. “In the days before the internet, he brought moving pictures to the eyes of people who had never seen skiing or never would have.” - Salt Lake Tribune
"We are forever grateful to Warren Miller for chasing—and capturing on film—the freedom and individuality that our sport is rooted in. We vow to honor his adventurous spirit in the work we do. Because, after all, “If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.” What are you waiting for?" - SKI Magazine
"Freezing in a cramped trailer, shooting rabbits for dinner, slurping a gruel of ketchup and oyster crackers: Warren Miller's early 20s would have been downright Dickensian if they weren't so much fun." -LA Times
“Warren Miller was clearly touched by the joy of schussing on snow and the ski-bum lifestyle. That love couldn’t help but overflow and be shared,” says Noah Howell, who, with brother Jonah, created a decade’s worth of Powderwhore Production ski films. 'He became a prophet, in a way, of this hedonistic religion. His annual films became the pulpit from which he toured the country proselytizing the good word. I was lucky enough to be completely converted at a young age and became a true believer.' And while Miller created an ethos founded in not taking things to seriously—he’s known for declaring he’s enjoyed “a lifetime of never having to work for a living”—his works and impact on ski culture speak for themselves. Howell reflects, 'Ski films were around before Warren Miller and will continue on without him, but not with the humanity, fun and passion that Warren had.'" -Backcountry Magazine
And professional athletes...
From the personal emails, Warren Miller Entertainment has received...
"Winter, spring, summer and fall. And a fifth season, Warren Miller.
It was in his voice that our dormant passion for skiing was reawakened each autumn. In its laughter, in its awe for the greatness, wonder and beauty of travelling down a hill on a pair of sticks. Sometimes in his films we won, making impossible leaps off cliffs, taking lines down the steep face of a mountain that dared any man or woman foolish enough to defy the laws of gravity. And sometimes we lost, unable to get off the simplest of chairlifts, our bodies seeming ill equipped to perform the most basic tasks. But win or lose, on the highest of peaks or the bottom of the beginner slope, Warren Miller captured the unadulterated joy the best and the worst among us shared for this sport.
There was something magical, almost mythical in what he did, living the life we all could only imagine. A kind of idyllic existence, always chasing the next adventure. Never really growing up or growing old. Always that voice, filled with the happiness of doing exactly what he was meant to do, taking us along for the ride. His reality and our dream hand in hand across the screen.
He was the godfather of this industry, its spokesperson even before there were the Vails and the Aspens, even before it became something more, or maybe something less than it was when Warren Miller lived in that trailer at the base of the mountains in those first wondrous years.
And with his passing, we are left with but four seasons. I will miss that fifth one maybe more than I would any other." - Robert N., New Jersey
To our own team's mourning...
Warren Miller Director of Cinematography Chris Patterson has worked on Warren Miller films for 25 years.
Warren Miller Executive Producer Josh Haskins has worked on Warren Miller films for 18 years.
The Warren Miller Entertainment production team crafted this edit to pay tribute to Warren.
And of course, the various other displays of appreciation and tribute...
Steamboat Resort served a cocktail named the "Warren Miller Special".
Oskar Blues Brewery printed a select number of cans that read, "RIPowder Warren. Long may you ride."
Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado has hosted the Warren Miller films for years. They paid homage by dedicating their marquee to Warren last week.
And the list goes on as the world mourns the loss of the father of adventure filmmaking and one of skiing’s greatest ambassadors.