YLE signs with RMU

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Rocky Mountain Underground Welcomes Pro Skier Wiley Miller To The Family

December 11th, 2017

RMU Welcomes Wiley Miller

Breckenridge, CO, December 11, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU), the 100% employee-owned ski brand known for their core approach to ski design and manufacturing, is proud to announce the newest addition to their team, Wiley Miller. Originally from Billings, MT but now residing near Whistler, BC, Miller is a bona fide legend in the ski world. His work as a competitive and film athlete as well as background in product development and design has had a profound effect on the industry and sport for the past decade.

This new partnership with Miller encompasses RMU’s expansion of not only their athlete ambassador program, on which Miller will sit, compete and film for, but also in product development and design of skis and outdoors gear offerings from the hand-crafted outdoors brand. Miller comes from an immersive design and development background, through major roles in product development with 4FRNT Skis, and over 10 years of dedicated work and film segments with Level 1 Productions.

As such, RMU and Miller will kick off the partnership by utilizing Miller’s expertise and passion through the 2017/18 winter to prototype new skis and develop a Miller pro-model by season end. From topsheet art to form and function, Miller will have creative control over designing a ski that performs just as he skis, playful in pow, progressive and high performance. In true RMU fashion, an involving two-part blog series will be created around the process of the ski production, for viewers to follow along on progress, releasing 12/16 on RMU’s YouTube channel RMUSkis; http://bit.ly/2B1OgYl.

President of RMU, Mike Waesche, said; “RMU is a brand pushing innovation and quality, and Wiley’s vision, passion and attention to detail is something we know our ski line will benefit from. We’ve officially moved production to the Blizzard Ski factory in Mittersill but all skis from Wiley’s series will be prototyped in Breckenridge, keeping it local and fresh, two things our brand is committed to.”

Miller joins local Breckenridge-based RMU athletes Ben Smith and Ethan Swadburg to ensure the future of RMU’s ski line, their positions as athlete product developers providing an extra layer of involvement and passion, as well as trust and authenticity, to RMU’s ski offerings.

Miller voiced his enthusiasm over the partnership; “I’m stoked to be working with a team as passionate and purposeful as RMU. This really is a step in the right direction for emerging brands to connect with their core consumer, and for me to tap into my years of experience and connection to ski design and as an advocate for the industry. I’m really honored to be part of the RMU family.”

The Wiley Miller pro-model will be available on 12/18 and interested parties can follow the evolution of the ski at at www.RMUOutdoors.com from 12/16.

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YLEPOV

This was one day spent in the mountains outside of Golden BC. It was late April and the season was coming to close… I had my sights set on finding a larger natural feature and that happens to be just what I found.  One of the loftier step down hits I’ve come across over the years… enjoy!

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High Altitude Pow Hunting

Every April the freezing levels rise… sub alpine tree skiing becomes undesirable, and rain fills the valleys, while snow remains tickling the clouded peaks. The month of March produced 3 full days of sunshine, with another 1 or 2 half days, it remained problematic for filming. April has been a similar story. With the forecast looking promising for a window of light we gathered our gear and prepped for a couple nights deep in some of the highest terrain we could get ourselves into. Our mission, to find the lingered spring pow.

locked and loaded, ready for a couple nights of hut life

dropping a couloir our first day… found a couple easily accessed couloirs on our trip

poking around in the clouds

facey shred

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Settlers of Catan in the Cabin

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March Madness

The winter has been plentiful here in BC. March has proven to be one of the best for snow quality… wish I could say the same for sunshine. Here are a few of the months most inspiring images.

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Photo: Blake Jorgenson

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Photo: Blake Jorgenson

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If you look close I’m in there

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AST 2

With my recent early season trek north to Coastal BC I felt it was appropriate to get myself into a snow safety course before things get rolling this winter.  BCA has been supportive of my interest in snow safety and, as it would seem appropriate, I reached out to the company for advice on a course in the Sea to Sky corridor. Bruce Edgerly of BCA came back with a suggestion to take the AST 2 through the Mountain Skill Academy (https://www.mountainskillsacademy.com), in Whistler BC. A great place to begin your snow safety training if your interested in a class.

Having taken my Avy 1 in the States and now completing my AST 2 here in Canada I now have an even better set of tools for approaching terrain and snowpack this winter.  Although much of what I had learned in my Avy 1 was refreshed for me in the AST 2, there was more emphasis placed on approaching terrain.  This is something that I have dwelled on in the past. What’s the safest and most efficient way to get up there?  A question that sometimes isn’t as clear as you may think… there and many ways to skin the cat so to speak, but in most cases only one way to do it safely, or one way that is better than the rest.  All in all is was an amazing experience and well worth doing.  It’s absolutely crucial for any backcountry enthusiast and I encourage anyone interested in going out of bounds with their friends to take a course.

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Wayne Flann stopped by to say hello, Wayne hosts a blog highly regarded in the area for it’s snow assessments

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practicing digging a victim out

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snow pit analysis with our guide Eric Vezeau

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Approaching safely

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Assessing risk amongst complex terrain

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gaining the top

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Overcooked Cabin Fever

Last week we punched up to an area just outside of Pemberton in the Duffy Lake Provincial Park. We spent one night in the hut and spent two days ski touring the local zones… certainly somewhere I’d like to revisit during the later winter. Lots of options.  We over stoked the cabin’s wood burning stove, converting our sleep arrangement into an overnight sweat lodge… lesson learned. The skiing was all time. Snow appeared to be pretty stable. Pretty neat times.

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Tatum approaching our destination

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Some interesting early season terrain.. it even had a little light on it!

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Cabin safety briefing

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The Pressure Cooker… never knew you could get so hot in such cold temps

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this was the highlight of the two day stay for me

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So it begins…

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