Earl A. Miller (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1994
Born: 2-23-1925 Died: 6-14-2002
Earl Miller graduated from BYU where he was captain of the ski team. He later became the first ski coach at BYU. He was one of the twelve professional ski instructors who work initially to form the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). As a ski area designer, he planned the original Sundance Ski Area in Utah, and served as its first ski school director.
Miller is best known for his countless inventions including a fully releasable binding which made skiing safer. His most significant pieces are the ski brake, the Twin Cam, the Double Roller, platform ski pole grips and the Miller Soft ski. His focus on skier safety was always one of his calls to rally. In his pamphlet “Can Skiing Survive” he stated, “It is the responsibility of everyone to lend positive, constructive support to the cause of ski safety.” This was part of his campaign to represent the safety of his releasable binding. Staging on-hill demonstrations of high speed falls, Miller put his product to the test by conducting these events himself.