Loren Bough and Warren Miller at the 2013 dedication of Big Sky’s new performing arts center.

Warren Miller skis into the sunset

The ski filmmaking and storytelling pioneer Warren Miller passed away recently at 93, leaving a lasting impact on ski culture across the planet, including here in Big Sky. 

The Warren Miller Lodge at the Yellowstone Club still serves as the heart of the YC, and until a few years ago, Miller would attend YC employee orientation, shaking hands and hugging newcomers eager to meet Miller and start a new season at the YC. 

Miller was in attendance of the grand opening of the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in March 2013, where he donated the camera that started his illustrious career spanning more than half a century—a 16mm Bell and Howell 70 DA (pictured). 

Miller is credited with more than 750 sports films, many of which he narrated with a sense of humor and passion. If you’ve ever seen one of them, chances are his distinctive voice and ski bum sage wisdom still resounds in your mind. Miller’s most recent book, the Amazon best-selling biography “Freedom Found” is a good read for those well-acquainted with the icon, and for those hoping to learn more about a man who lived a remarkable life on and off the snow. 

Miller passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, Jan. 24, of natural causes at his home on Orcas Island, Wash. 



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