SnowBrains wants to send out our deepest condolences to Chelone Miller’s family and friends. Chelone “Chilly” Miller passed away in his sleep last night reportedly from an epilectic seizure. He was 29 years old.
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I spent a couple weeks with Chilly in Argentina 2 years ago and the guy was really fun to be around. Lotza good stories, stoked to go out and have fun, and a monster on the mountain. The guy had skills in the air. He had skills on the ground as well and displayed them by winning the Rhalves Banzai Tour this year on March 12th. Chilly definitely had guts and was down to go big.
“Chelone Miller was a true New Hampshire badass. If I could use one word to describe him it would be ‘huge.’ Huge smiles, huge balls, huge airs and most of all a huge heart. I was lucky to be his friend and see him shred so much positivity on the people he touched. All who knew him will shred in his honor. RIP Chilly.” – Pat Bridges, Snowboarder Magazine editor
Chilly will be greatly missed by the snowboarding community. This was a guy who truly charged.
About Chelone Miller, 8/26/1983 – 4/7/2013:
Chilly is the brother of US Ski Team racer Bode Miller and had established himself as a very strong freestyle snowboarder. Chelone had a history of head injuries and had experienced a nasty dirt bike accident in 2005 that left him in a coma for 11 days. He was a great snowboarder before that coma and was even better after his recovery. He was 2009 Snowboard Magazine SuperPark Standout, awarded for going huge. In Warren Miller’s “Playground.” Hometown = Franconia, NH. Lived in Mammoth Lakes, CA.
“Chelone Miller has gone unnoticed for too long, and this shit has to end. He’s done everything he could, and he’s paid the price for it. He was in a coma for eleven days. He had a seizure on a chairlift and dropped three stories to the trail below. Then, to top it all off, he got hit in the head with a fucking golf ball. He laps Mammoth’s Main Park every single day, and while visiting pros dork around on the jib line, Chilly is hot on the heels of Lonnie Kauk (a rider that was in the same sponsorship standstill a few years ago), firing off the big-boy jumps with effortless style and masterful precision. At Superpark 13, rumor spread fast of “some kid” lapping the Loon jump¬—a gargantuan fifty-foot takeoff looming over a 100-foot-plus gap—gloveless, with no filmer or photographer. And he was doing it alone. Shortly thereafter, every media outlet in attendance was watching this sheepish kid from New Hampshire settle the biggest jump Superpark has seen in recent memory.” – snowboardermag.com, winter 2010
Full Chelone Miller Interview from 2010: Chelone Miller Interview Snowboardermag.com