For most of us, skiing is a relaxing way to enjoy winter. For the skiers who appear in Warren Miller’s movie productions, skiing and snowboarding are a way of life, a ticket to extreme exhilaration.
Take “Endless Winter” star John Tremann, for example. He’s appeared in three Warren Miller films, numerous television commercials and has been dazzling on the covers of the nation’s largest ski magazines.
Tremann started skiing with his family at Stevens Pass when he was 6 and has been pursuing the extreme dream since.
“I used to play on the rocks at Stevens Pass, and I guess you could say I was never a mainstream skier,” he said. “It was there that I learned to put fear in its place. I never let fear control my destiny.”
His 145-foot leap from a cliff on Donner Pass in 1992 still stands as the world record. That’s like jumping from a 14-story building.
“The cliff was there, the snow was epic and I guess it was just meant to be. I jumped and just kept floating down. I saw the landing forever,” he said. “That night I realized what I had done and it scared me. Almost.”
His passion for skiing and adrenaline addiction motivated him to take his skiing to a higher plateau. By 1992, he was searching for new outlets to showcase his abilities. That road inevitably led to Warren Miller.
“I snuck backstage at a Warren Miller showing in Seattle and managed to meet Warren in person. He told me to send him a demo tape, and shortly after that one of his cameramen came to Squaw and started filming,” said Tremann. “I’ve been skiing for him ever since.”
But even with his notoriety, Tremann said if you’re looking to get rich, extreme skiing is not the way to do it.
“The pay isn’t real good but the benefits are great,” he said. “Warren is the best in the business and I’d rather ski for him than anybody else.”
So what advice does John give to new skiers?
“Ski smart and don’t get hurt. If you get hurt, that’s when the sport isn’t fun anymore.”