Warren Miller is world famous for his annual ski movies. He is also a self-professed ski bum. But in our eyes, he is so much more - a legendary skier, cartoonist, author, cinematographer, humorist, columnist, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and a constant inspiration to us all. His is the one name most associated with modern media in the ski industry. Known world wide for his incredible filming exploits,
Warren has awed the skiing public for 55 years with his entertaining movies, recording the adventures of skiing. More importantly, Warren has set the standard for all those in our industry who assert themselves in the areas of cinematography, movie production, photography, movie and television editing, musical choreography and script writing. Warren is a man who spans all the elements of modern media.
Warren was born and raised in Hollywood, California during the Depression. In 1933, he purchased his first still camera for 35 cents, which started a career that has continued into our new century. In 1938 he purchased a pair of pine skis with toe straps in a garage sale. That provided the fuel for his life-long search and filming of exciting activities, sharing with the world his vision of freedom.
In 1949, Warren acquired his first 16 mm camera. He has been producing ski films ever since. A Warren Miller movie has plenty of powder shots, radical skiing, and Warren's trademark brand of humor mixed with his opinions of a world skiing slightly off-piste.
Warren has received prestigious honors from the filmmaking Olympics, film festival awards and presidential and gubernatorial recognitions. Several states honor him with a special day each year. Two of his multi-sports films became finalists for Academy Awards.
Warren recognizes his worth to the community and has raised a great deal of money for abused children's causes, handicapped individual's groups, several institutions of higher learning as well as medical research foundations, libraries, museums and even a skateboard park for kids. Warren recently established the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation, benefiting young people by creating programs and activities that will challenge, educate and train teens to open their own business. He has received many humanitarian and civic honors for his achievements.
Warren was inducted into the US Ski Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Colorado Hall of Fame in 1995.
The Warren Miller Award [formerly the Bill Berry Media Award] is for Modern-Media Coverage of Skiing. This award is given for outstanding service to skiing by cinematographers, photographers, radio or television broadcasters.