The Deep Six
1) Who do you do it for?
"I do it for me. I've been a storyteller all my life. Apparently, people like to listen to the stories I tell. As long as they listen, I'll keep telling."
2) How will you top yourself?
"Practice, practice, practice. I'm not Joe Montana, having to quit because of physical limitations. My fingers do the walking [on the keyboard]. My brains do the talking."
3) What makes you angry?
"The perception that skiing is expensive. Divide the lift ticket price by eight hours, and it might be only $5-something an hour. People can still come to Colorado and stay in Glenwood Springs for $50 in a room with two king beds--that's $12.50 a person--and be 45 minutes from either Aspen or Vail. The wife cooks up some tuna casseroles, you eat at the Colonel. If anything
makes resorts angry, it's when I talk this way."
4) What's your current focus?
"Writing. I'm attempting to get my column syndicated and trying to break into magazines with some of the stories I tell."
5) Who are your heroes?
"A guy who went to the Antarctic in 1914--Sir Ernest Shackleton. He spent 18 months on an ice floe on the Southern Ocean. Of 26 guys who were down there with him, one of them lost a foot. Part of that time was spent rowing a 20-foot boat, living on sea lions and penguins. He [Shackleton] was the ultimate survivor."
6) What scares you most?
"Creeping governmental management of industry--and skiing is an industry."
Warren Miller answers your questions
The king of ski films reveals all: how to get in a movie, why he avoids the bumps, how to break into the business, and, of course, where to buy his stuff.
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