In 2012, Warren Miller, the person greatly known by ski lovers for his films advertising the sport, took a seat with Neal Thompson to discuss his career and tell some of the background of how it all started *. For everybody who loves to ski, it’s amazing to hear someone speak about the sport with that kind of passion, and its fun to become better familiarized with some of the behind-the-scenes that made up this man’s story.
Warren talks about how, as a Boy Scout, he had purchased a Univex camera for a mere 35 cents. Upon his return home, he’d show these small pictures to other friends who were busy in sports and other things (not Boy Scouts).
After leaving the army in World War II, he purchased an 8 mm camera, and the pictures that he took of himself and friends were actually with the intent of critiquing their own skiing so they could analyze what they were doing and then try to improve. So, after his first season of skiing in Sun Valley, ID, he went back to California and showed the pictures that he’d taken of them learning how to ski to his surfer friends. Showing what it appeared like to be on skis in snow in the mountains must have been foreign and intriguing!
Additional fun facts?
When Warren initially began making films, ski resorts were a far cry from what they are today. Curious how? Well, to begin with, when he first began what became his trademark work, there were only 15 chairlifts running in the United States!
One of the fascinating things he talks about in the interview is how he negotiated showing his film to 50,000 people in a year, back in the day. He ‘d show a film to roughly 500 people a night. To show it to 50,000 people in a year, that meant he had to do 100 nights, traveling from location to location and setting up his show.
While many of us haven’t spent our professional lives working in the ski industry like Warren Miller, we can still appreciate fresh powder and the way it makes a day on the slopes absolutely epic. Whether you are taking the whole office, going with the extended family for a reunion over Christmas vacation, or need to take a group of 8th graders up for a day field trip, we are here to help. Any day that we can facilitate joy in the great outdoors is a good day in our books.
*To watch the conversation and learn more, go here:
(This interview is where the information in this article came from.)