Warren Miller, born in Hollywood in 1924, rose up from a dysfunctional Depression-era childhood to become the world’s foremost ski filmmaker and a beloved ambassador for the sport. He earned global acclaim and a passionate, multi-generational following for his annual ski feature film, which has kicked off the ski season each fall for 66 years, showing in 250-plus cities in the U.S. and around the world each fall. Packed with adventure and exotic travel, the films were highlighted by Warren’s distinct, droll narration and humorous hijinks on the slopes. “Looking back on what set my films apart, it was the emphasis on entertaining people, which means making them laugh,” Warren says.
Miller’s talents cut a wide swath beyond ski filmmaking. He produced 500 films in all, primarily covering outdoor pursuits, including surfing, sailing, and motor boating. He thrived as an artist, cartoonist and author, writing some 1,200 columns and 11 books, including Wine, Women, Warren and Skis, which sold more than 100,000 copies. He was a World War II veteran, a ski instructor and talented ski racer, an accomplished surfer, and a champion sailor. He took up windsurfing in his 60s, and then turned to destination motor boating in his 70s and 80s, exploring up into Alaska from his home on Orcas Island, Wash.
After retiring in 2004 from the film company he founded, Warren became the ambassador for the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Mont. Along with his wife, Laurie, he splits his time between Orcas Island and Montana. In celebration of the release in fall 2016 of his long-awaited, award-winning autobiography, Freedom Found, Warren is appearing in the 2016 Warren Miller film, Here, There & Everywhere.
The Warren Miller Freedom Foundation was designed to lead young people to become strong, financially independent adults. The experience of starting and running a business, no matter how small, introduces the principles of the American economic system. This type of entrepreneurship promotes economic freedom and the rewards of succeeding through hard work, ingenuity, and creativity.