When a true legend comes into your life you generally know it from the start. They have a way about themselves, a way they interact with others and a way of looking at life that creates an impact. Recently the Ski Industry has lost Warren Miller. This individual was a true icon for his way of filming our sport, sharing commentary and impacting others through his love of skiing. For me the passing of Warren Miller at the age of 93 is something to be celebrated! Warren Miller is more than just a guy that shot ski films and played in the snow. He is forever the internal dialogue for what life can be if you don’t take yourself too seriously and have some fun in the outdoors.
“I taught them about freedom by learning to turn a pair of skis...” Warren Miller
Another legend of skiing passed away this January. This individual did not have the name recognition of Warren Miller, but was equally a legend in his own right. It came as a shock to our ski and snowboard communities around Dodge Ridge, California, Northstar, California, Breckenridge, Colorado and Perisher, Australia when the young and talented Chris Anderson passed away after a tragic car accident on January 13, 2018. Chris was only 35 years old and on his way to work at Northstar, where he worked as a Ski Coach for the Northstar Ski Foundation.
Chris, also known as Moose, was a friend and an import part of the Thrive Community. Chris was more than just an instructor and a coach. Chris was someone that could light up a room with his smile, loved to support other’s dreams and loved to share his passion of skiing. Big Moose was someone that skiers young and old looked up to, in more ways than one. Chris was a talented ski coach and loved working with kids. Chris was a man that would go out of his way to help others. He did that many times for me to help spread the word about my small Truckee brand. Chris once told me, “I'd love to help you out anyway I can. I'm stoked to be helping get the word out about Thrive.” I want to extend condolences to Chris’s family and friends, and also let them know how much he meant to the larger community of skiers, riders, coaches and instructors in the snow sports industry.
Warren Miller and Chris Anderson both made an impact in the world of skiing and they both would go out of their way to teach someone to ski. Chris Anderson is a legendary individual and his love, compassion and smile will live on with all of us that are lucky enough to have meet him along the ski trail of life. Much love my friend!
“I changed a lot of lives by showing people there is another way to live their life. I hope I’ve changed yours.” Warren Miller
We miss you buddy! Please feel free to share your stories of the Moose in the comment section below!
With Love, Doug Fagel