Orion Packs lead product tester Kevin Miller has been skiing since the age of two. His grandmother owned a bakery in Carbondale, which is not far from Aspen, so skiing has always been part of his family’s tradition. A fourth generation Colorado skier, Miller has spent 40 years honing his skills and, as a result, the sport has become a passion that he takes very seriously.
When Miller’s family moved from Littleton to Montrose in 1976, he experienced the real “wild west of skiing” in Telluride. Spending time on the steep slopes of Telluride introduced Miller to a “real” mountain and a culture full of “real” mountain people. At the age of 18, Miller joined the Telluride Freestyle team which took him all over the west for mogul competitions. A year later, in 1990, it was time to move north in search of deep powder which landed him in Bozeman, Montana.
Miller continued competing in moguls and joined the Bridger Ski Foundation Freestyle team while attending Montana State University. In the fall of 1991, Miller and a friend started a university club team called MSU Freestyle Squad that went on for six years and hosted many successful team members who did well at ski competitions. In 1995 he cofounded a ski camp in the Beartooth Mountains called Montana Mogul which became Allstars Ski Camp in 2000. The camp operated until 2004 and is where US Freeskiing Open and Winter X-Games gold medalist Tanner Hall got his start. During the winters of 1997 through 2000, Miller was the director and coach of the Bridger Ski Foundation Freestyle team and from 2000 to 2004 he was a private coach. At that time he also worked with future Olympians Heather McPhie and Bryon and Bradley Wilson.
In 2004 Miller changed gears from skiing to motorcycle racing, competing in the World Offroad Racing Championship Series. In 2006 and 2007 he traveled to Romania to compete in the Romaniacs Hard Enduro which is a multi-day race that challenges competitors with natural terrain obstacles they traverse over including trees, rocks, wooded areas, and mud. As a result of his two, top-ten finishes, Miller was invited back to race more enduros and rallies for Husaberg Romania. Through 2011, all of his summers were spent in Romania. In the winter of 2009, Miller cofounded the Moonlight Basin Freeride team in Montana and coached kids in the Junior Freeride Tour. He is currently a private coach and is living on the flanks of Lone Peak in Big Sky, Montana.