Former Vail resident and snow-sports pioneer, Warren A. Miller, has passed away at his home on Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest. He was 93.
Warren’s voice (his father was in radio), wit and love of the freedom found in skiing and the outdoors made him beloved by generations.
Mr. Miller produced more than 500 adventure-sport films. For many, the unofficial start of the season and a social gathering among friends was to attend the latest Warren Miller film each year.
Mr. Miller purchased his first skis and bamboo poles at age 15 for $2 — money earned delivering newspapers. Walt Disney was one of the customers on his route.
He studied ski instructor Otto Lang’s book, “Downhill Skiing,” before making his first turns in the San Gabriel Mountains in 1938. Mr. Miller was inducted into the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1995. He was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Skiing History Association in 2004.
Services are pending. Memorials may be made to the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, Montana.
-The Seattle Times contributed to this tribute