ORCAS ISLAND, Wash. (CBS4/AP) – Warren Miller, the prolific outdoor filmmaker who for decades made homages to the skiing life that he narrated with his own humorous style, has died. He was 93.

His family says in a statement that Miller died Wednesday evening at his home on Orcas Island in Washington state.

warren miller 2 Ski Film Pioneer Warren Miller Dies At 93

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A World War II veteran, ski racer, surfer and sailor, Miller produced more than 500 films on a variety of outdoor activities. However it was his ski films for which he was most known.

His annual movies served as informal kickoffs for the ski season for more than 60 years, and were very popular in Colorado.

In 1997, CBS4 interviewed Miller in Vail and reported that it was “his adopted hometown.” See that video from the CBS4 archives below:

He is survived by his wife Laurie, sons Scott and Kurt, daughter Chris and a stepson, Colin Kaufman.

Warren Miller Entertainment, which is based in Boulder, tweeted that “Warren’s humor and adventure-seeking spirit forged the legacy of a genre and a passion for freedom. He will be greatly missed by the snowsports community and beyond.”

“This is a sad day during which we draw some comfort from the fact that Warren’s legacy of adventure, freedom and humor carries on in the countless lives he touched,” said his wife in a prepared statement. “Warren loved nothing more than sharing his life’s adventures and hearing literally every day from friends old and new about how his stories inspired others to enrich and enjoy their own lives. All of us are better for knowing and loving Warren.”

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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