A New Line of Performance Skiwear
The most awarded men’s ski racer in American history, Bode Miller has a half dozen Olympic medals (including gold), a half dozen World Championship titles, and is a two-time overall World Cup season champion. He remains the only skier ever to win more than five World Cup races in each of alpine skiing’s five disciplines, so it’s understandable that he cannot seem to leave skiing behind. He is a partner in a ski company, a ski clothing company, and did commentary for NBC from South Korea’s 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Having spent a fair amount of time racing in Italy, he also knows his way around pasta, and is partial to the homemade versions served at Old Yellowstone Garage in Jackson Hole’s Caldera House, where for $25,000 five guests can purchase the Bode Miller Ski Experience and take to the slopes with the legend. This begins with Miller dispensing tips over breakfast, a full day out on the slopes using demo models of his Italian-made Bomber Ski line from Caldera’s Mudroom ski shop, and finally, an après session in the private members’ lounge.
Mudroom is also the sole Jackson retailer of Aztech Mountain. Miller is part-owner of the high-performance skiwear line, his latest winter venture. Aztech’s retail strategy is to partner exclusively with one top shop in every marquee ski town, such as Aspen’s Performance Ski and Park City’s Cole Sport, as well as with top national fashion specialists like Bergdorf Goodman, and to launch its own website. Before Aztech, Miller says he provided advice and consultation to performance-focused outerwear companies like Kjus; he wanted something more fashionable yet found that even the most famous designer brands were not suitable for actual skiing. “The seams would rip the first day,” says Miller. Inspired in part by the void created when Prada decided to leave the skiwear business, Aztech Mountain was launched, and its moonlighting head of design, Casey Cadwallader, has a full-time job as creative director for Mugler.
As chief innovation officer, Miller is very hands-on and helps select vital features, high-tech materials, and test garments. “We wanted something you would look good in while walking around New York City or going out to a nice dinner that still works as well as any ski gear out there and can handle the biggest mountains and the toughest weather conditions.” Aztech Mountain makes a full line of base layers, mid-layers, ski jackets and pants, and après wear. Standards such as the Capital Peak insulated jacket and Team Aztech ski pants are $1,300 and $725 respectively, and for fall 2019, the company launched its first women’s line. aztechmountain.com