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TYLER (SHEP) MILLER
Quality control specialist for building materials
Becoming a skier was a bit of an accident when my parents had nowhere else to put me, but in ski school when they chaperoned my older sister’s junior high ski trip. I was 6 or 7 at the time and they had no clue the addiction they had created.
I grew up on a cattle ranch North of a little town called Shepherd, in Montana. This is where the nickname “Shep” came from. Not sure what the immediate trigger for the nickname was, but I think it had something to do my ability to back up trailers (?). Apparently, something my wife’s brothers thought was a ranch kid trait.
The nearest ski area to Shepherd was Red Lodge Mountain Resort. Roughly 90 miles, about an hour and a half drive. Once I got my driver’s license and my own car, I skied every weekend and eventually joined the ski patrol where I learned a lot about snow safety, emergency care, and skiing when skiing was not optimal. I have never had a bad day skiing…ever. I take every opportunity in the mountains to learn and enjoy the quality of life skiing provides me.
I now call Bozeman and the Bridger Mountains home and spend as much time as I absolutely can in them.
I am lucky enough to own a business in the Gallatin Valley that performs testing and inspection services for the construction industry. In the summertime this takes a ton of my time, but the winters are slow and the down to is well deserved. I usually spend it skiing.
A moment in my life as a skier that I will never forget, is when I was asked to meet Matt Sterbenz and a couple other skiers in the Northern Bridgers. We were setting out to ski the early prototypes of the Intention 110 and knowing that I was getting to use a piece of equipment that utilized bio-derived materials was something I could not pass up. Here is where I met my involvement with WNDR Alpine.