“People remember their initial day on skis since it comes as such a mental rush,” Miller pronounced in his autobiography, “Freedom Found,” 512 pages of light reading that also facilities scarcely 100 photographs, including a shot of him subsequent to his trailer during Alta usually over 70 years ago.
“When we come down a towering from your initial time on skis, we are a opposite person,” he added. “I gifted that feeling, if usually for half a minute. It was step one in a instruction we would follow a rest of my life.”
Miller, 92, grew adult in a dysfunctional family in California, with an alcoholic father and a uneasy mom. But he had some tenderhearted grandparents who watched over him as he grew into a physically gifted teenager.
Surfing was large in his life. And he was good adequate during basketball to play for USC. But once he got bending on skiing, that happened nearby Yosemite National Park, life took him a opposite direction.
It would lead him around a universe and deliver him to some of a excellent skiers on a planet, as good as heading luminaries in other athletic, amicable and domestic spheres.
All of this globetrotting wasn’t totally good for Miller, who utterly plainly described how his workaholic tendencies fundamentally helped minister to unsuccessful marriages and stretched family during times with his children.
Beyond those personal disclosures, his book provides an inside glance into a blurb ski universe that was usually entrance into existence after World War II and shortly to turn partial of a approach of life in places like Salt Lake.
After removing an inkling about what powder contingency be like while skiing in California, Miller and best crony Ward Baker packaged adult an 8-foot teardrop trailer in Nov 1946 and headed to Utah.
“We chose Alta since it was a initial place it snowed that season,” he said. “We after detected a repute for a deepest and lightest snow.”
While Miller unequivocally done his breakthrough filming skiing during Sun Valley, he mostly returned to Utah as a skier and a moviemaker. His annual ski films have done their universe debuts in new years during Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City.
Miller skied good adequate to win a hulk slalom during a 1948 Eccles Cup races during Snowbasin Resort above Ogden. Because of his sleeping accommodations, a announcer heralded him as a member of a “Sun Valley Parking Lot Ski Team.”
He got to know Stein Eriksen before a Norwegian Olympic medalist done his pierce to Utah, filming him training brazen somersaults to Jack Reddish and Christian Pravda prolonged before those moves became staples in freestyle skiing.
He also played a purpose in a origination of Snowbird, describing how he edited some film of owner Ted Johnson skiing into a resort’s then-undeveloped turf from Alta, video that Johnson used to secure financial subsidy from Texas oilman Dick Bass.
“After Dick watched a film a integrate of times, he said, ‘Are we certain we can build a gondola and a bottom board for $4 million? If we can do that, we can count me in.’ Snowbird now had a appetite to start flying,” Miller recalled.
It soared underneath Bass, who oversaw a Little Cottonwood Canyon review until May 2014, a year before his death, when he sole infancy seductiveness to Ian Cumming.