FRANCONIA - New Hampshire native and six-time Olympic medalist and world champion, Bode Miller returned to his home mountain, Cannon, on Saturday.
"We looked up and saw three girls pressing their face against the window looking at us getting out of the car. They thought they were at a Justin Beiber concert," Miller said.
Bode and his family, who now reside in Orange County, California, made the trip up to Franconia Notch to host the 11th annual Bodefest.
"Seeing how many kids are out here enjoying skiing and enjoying the environment that I grew up in is awesome," Miller said.
Bodefest is an opportunity to let the local children ski for a day with the legendary skier, get autographs, and eat lunch with the celebrity.
"He definitely does not ski his fastest because that would be crazy if he did," Livian White, a young Franconia local said. "If he did we would be like at the top and he would be already at the bottom waiting for us!"
The event helped raise money for a non-profit organization that Bode created. The Turtle Ridge Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting adaptive and youth sports programs. Bode's main focus through the program however, is to enrich the lives of others and build stronger communities.
"We take care of each other. The communities all look out for each other. A lot of places in the world aren't really like that," Bode said.
"My whole family is really athletic, and we've always pushed to go outside and do sports as much as we can, and I think to open up opportunities to people who can't do that? It's just really important," Bode's niece, Iris Miller-White said.
Each year, Bodefest ends the long day of skiing with a silent and live auction. Items such as Bomber Skis, a Dainese Carbon Fiber Bode Helmet, Kjus TRF Jacket, Bode Bib, Autographed Throw Pillows, Cannon Mountain Season Passes 2016/17, and much more were auctioned off.
"He's so down to earth and that's always been really interesting to me," Iris said. "He's always stayed close to his roots and that's something I can really respect."