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Sad news this morning.  No doubt he and Hobie are back at it again. 

He was a wise man

"Odds are, if your parents didn't have children, you won't either"

"I won't ruin a good story with the absolute truth"

"Birthdays are good for you...the more you have, the longer you live"

"If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your thing"

"Die living" -WM

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That really sucks!  RIP Warren, and thanks for so many years of skiing memories, and for all you did bringing the outdoors to the forefront of film.  You, Hobie, and Bruce Brown can sure make heaven an awesome place together and team up for excellent adventures!

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He lived a full and long life for sure. Hot Yachts, Cold water was pretty epic.  What was the one he did about the Kenwood Cup, IIRC it featured Irv Loubes Bravura, after winning Pac Cup that year?

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My Bolton Valley ski racing coaches were Rob and Eric Deslauriers. It was so cool as a kid seeing them in Steep and Deep and getting to train with them.

The other local snow hero of the day was Jeff Brushie, who went to my HS and was flying around the world riding for Burton.

Oh, the Egan brothers were cool too, but Sugarbush and GMVS were our rivals.

Warren Miller movies were part of the pre-season ritual here in Vermont. RIP man.

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I spent a day with Warren and his crew at Cinnamon Bay, St John when they were filming a piece about charter boat sailing in the USVI. They needed some windsurfing footage and since I was running the Windsurfing concession at the Nat Park Campground there they were happy to hang around for a couple of days. Pretty fun bunch but he actually speaks in the same manner in which he narrates his flicks! 

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The story of Miller's early filming days is really worth reading. He camped out in his car in ski area car parks. Brrrrrr !

Through the 1970s and 80s he was a pretty competitive J24 sailor.

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Let's not forget this one:

“If you dont do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”

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 “If you don't do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”

 

As my remaining years run out...hopefully I will have them a fraction as full as his were...

Thanks for inspiring my love of skiing for so many years...  

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