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Saying goodbye to a legend

The pioneering filmmaker, Warren Miller, passes away at 93

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It was January 2016 when Warren Miller finally agreed to tell his life’s story on camera. Josh Haskins and Chris Patterson, men who had admired Miller’s films since they were boys, met him at his home at the time in Montana. And Miller talked, but even as the subject of the interview, he couldn’t keep himself from simultaneously directing.

Patterson, Warren Miller Entertainment’s director and cameraman for more than two decades, says that throughout the interview, Miller would remark, “Why are you doing that? What lens is that? Is the wind going to be a problem? And we were like, Warren will you just let us do it? It was just his nature.”

On Wednesday, Miller, one of the original patriarchs of snowsports, known for fiercely advocating for outdoor pursuits and his globally-acclaimed ski filmmaking, died at 93 years old at his home on Orcas Island.

Warren Miller Entertainment, based in Boulder, confirmed its founder’s death Thursday morning — the first day of Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show — in a statement that said, “The insurmountable loss of the pioneer of the Warren Miller brand, father of ski filmmaking, and one of skiing’s greatest ambassadors is a loss to the industry.”

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