At its core, Protect Our Winters is an athlete-led community, within which athletes are a powerful leverage point.
If we’re going to create the social movement we need, it starts with professional athletes. Athletes can impact our entire community and industry with incredible effectiveness by taking a complex issue and making it understandable and inspiring, then using their influence to mobilize millions. Our priority is to provide them with a platform to do that.
The POW Riders Alliance is a community of the most accomplished professional athletes in the world, all committed to environmental leadership. We support each athlete’s environmental activism and provide them with opportunities throughout the year to leverage their influence to create a social movement while serving to unite the snowsports community under once voice.
For example, Riders Alliance athletes have met with over 50,000 high school students, written numerous national newspaper op-eds, spoken to large groups, created inspiring content and have continually visited Washington, DC to speak to lawmakers asking for their support of a strong climate policy.
We also work closely with the team to help amplify POW actions and campaigns across their media and social networks, generating millions of impressions.
For more information, please contact: [email protected]
- Jamie Anderson
- Brittney Arndt
- Ingrid Backstrom
- Ralph Backstrom
- Adrian Ballinger
- Chris Benchetler
- Maddie Bowman
- Hana Beaman
- Jake Black
- Gretchen Bleiler
- Casey Brown
- Kjersti Buaas
- D. Carrier-Porcheron
- Julian Carr
- S. Cattabriga-Alosa
- Jimmy Chin
- C. Chythlook-Sifsof
- Cody Cirillo
- Stacey Cook
- Kelly Clark
- Angel Collinson
- Johnny Collinson
- Chris Davenport
- Danny Davis
- Alex Deibold
- Lucas Debari
- Kit Deslauriers
- Jessie Diggins
- Josh Dirksen
- Mike Douglas
- Lexi Dupont
- Lynsey Dyer
- Tim Eddy
- Amie Engerbretson
- Kaitlyn Farrington
- Benji Farrow
- Kimmy Fasani
- Alex Ferreira
- Bryon Friedman
- Marie France-Roy
- Pep Fujas
- Clare Gallagher
- Alison Gannett
- Caroline Gleich
- Arielle Gold
- Taylor Gold
- Roz Groenwoud
- Moss Halladay
- Simi Hamilton
- Hadley Hammer
- Emily Harrington
- Angela Hawse
- Seth Hill
- Elena Hight
- Nate Holland
- Hilary Hutcheson
- John Jackson
- Josh Jespersen
- Dakota Jones
- Jeremy Jones
- Jordie Karlinski
- Eric Larsen
- Iris Lazzareschi
- Wang Lei
- Brody Leven
- Ted Ligety
- Devin Logan
- Nick Martini
- Ian McIntosh
- Megan McJames
- Kt Miller
- Jack Mitrani
- Nicolas Muller
- Andrew Newell
- Steven Nyman
- Meg Olenick
- Hilaree O’Neill
- Sarka Pancochova
- Michelle Parker
- Kevin Pearce
- Leanne Pelosi
- Maddie Phaneuf
- Megan Pischke
- Griffin Post
- Sierra Quitiquit
- Kikkan Randall
- Nick Russell
- Beth Rodden
- Paul Schommer
- Tobin Seagel
- Anna Segal
- Matt Segal
- Nat Segal
- Griffin Siebert
- Forrest Shearer
- Chanelle Sladics
- Austin Smith
- Mark Sollors
- Doug Stoup
- Cody Townsend
- Kaya Turski
- Seth Wescott
- Alex Yoder
- Zeppelin Zeerip
- Graham Zimmerman
Lake Tahoe, CA
Jamie grew up with eight siblings near Sierra Mountain, where her two older sisters introduced her to snowboarding at age 9. Being home-schooled allowed her to be on the mountain almost every day. Jamie rose quickly in the snowboarding world, becoming the youngest Winter X Games medalist at age 15. Since then she become the first ever women’s Olympic Slopestyle Gold medalist, snagged 11 X Games medals, was named the women’s TTR World Tour Champion in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014, and the Winter Dew Cup Champion in 2011 and 2012.
Park City, UT
Brittney grew up in Park City, UT and is a member of the US National Luge Team. She was the 2016-17 winner of the Calgary Junior World Cup #2, and is a 2012 Norton Youth B National Champion, and 2015 Norton Jr. National Champion. When Brittney isn’t competing she loves doing anything outdoors including sledding, snowboarding, and rock climbing.
Ingrid graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Geology, and promptly headed to Squaw Valley, CA to live the ski bum life for a year. After entering a few freeskiing contests, Ingrid decided she had found her niche. Awarded Breakthrough Performance in 2005 in addition to being a ten-time Powder Magazine Reader Poll winner, Ingrid has appeared in films such as Steep, All.I.Can, Into the Mind, 6 Warren Miller films, and The Great Siberian Traverse. She has first descents in Baffin Island, Greenland, and the 20,000-foot Reddomaine Peak in China. When she’s not traveling for skiing, Ingrid is at her home in Central Washington where she spends time running, biking, and gardening with her husband and daughter.
Olympic Valley, CA
While his parents ski patrolled on the weekends near Seattle, WA Ralph ski raced with his siblings. At age 11 Ralph decided to switch it up and try snowboarding, and never looked back. Aftering graduating from Western Washignton University, he followed his sibling’s footsteps and headed to Squaw Valley. There he met Jeremy Jones and Zim Zellers, who have helped set him on his path in the big mountain world today. Ralph currently rides for Jones Snowboards and has six first place medals on the Freeride World Tour.
Squaw Valley, CA
Adrian is Alpenglow Expedition’s head guide and founder, and has been guiding full-time for fifteen years. He is the only American to ski two 8,000-meter peaks, was the first person to ski Manaslu, and was the first person to summit three 8,000 meter peaks in three weeks. In addition, Adrian has led over 100 international climbing expeditions on 5 continents. Sharing the mountains with friends and clients is what Adrian lives for. In the foreseeable future, Adrian plans to ski, climb, and guide in the Himalayas, South America, Alaska, and at his home in Squaw Valley.
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Chris grew up in Bishop, CA, starting out as a slopestyle ski racer, but quickly bailed when he realized he could ski powder for a living. Chris now travels the world and skis for Nimbus Independent, a production company he started in 2008 with Eric Pollard, Pep Fujas, and Andy Mahre. He’s been featured in films with TGR, Sweet Grass Productions, Warren Miller, and MSP in addition to being one of Skiing Magazines 2010 Skiers of the Years and competing in X-Games Real Ski. When he’s not skiing Chris is climbing, biking, surfing, and has been known to do a triathalon or two.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Maddie, a South Lake Tahoe Native, put herself into the history books by winning the first Olympic gold medal in women’s halfpipe skiing. She also has won seven X-Games medals, with four of those being gold. After a season ending injury in February of 2015, she bounced back in 2016 with an impressive win at the Park City stop of the U.S. Grand Prix. Maddie enjoys just about anything outdoors including mountain biking, hiking, wakeboarding, and backpacking. She is also currently enrolled at Westminster College, which helps keep her mind sharp during the offseason.
Salt Lake City, UT
Starting her career in contest riding, Hana has since made the switch to backcountry snowboarding. Her accomplishments include three X-Games silver medals and numerous magazine covers, in addition to producing her own web series titled “P.S. with Hana Beaman” and a film called “Intervals”. Outside of snowboarding, Hana loves home improvement, real estate, architecture, and would love to be a doctor some day.
“Many people around the world are passionate in fighting climate change, but need the knowledge and information available to them so they can be educated on protecting the environment. The POW Riders Alliance is a group of athletes with the passion and capabilities to spread this knowledge and information globally and ultimately impact the media and their communities in the best way possible.”
Jake was born and raised in Summit County, CO where his parents put him and his brothers on skis as soon as they could walk. At age 7 Jake made the switch to snowboarding and began competing. After graduating high school, Jake decided to stay in Breckenridge where he could continue competing while earning a college degree. Jake is also pursuing writing and published his first article in Snowboard Colorado Magazine in 2012, which discussed the unspoken “Circle of Trust” between riders and their filmers/photographers.
Gretchen is a 2-time Olympian and Olympic Silver medalist, World Superpipe Champion and 4-time X Games gold medalist, and has been inducted into The Sportswomen of Colorado Hall of Fame and The Action Sports Hall of Fame. She is the winner of the ESPY award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. She has done modeling, sports commentary, and has been featured in everything from prime time talk shows and national commercials to hundreds of publications worldwide.
Seeing the effects of climate change around the world pushes Gretchen to lobby on Capitol Hill, work with brands to design sustainable products, speak at events like the United Nations Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris, and serve on the board of Protect Our Winters and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. As a leading female athlete, Gretchen also sits on the board for espnW in order to support their efforts in elevating women in sports. Since transitioning from snowboard competition in 2014, Gretchen is now creating a larger movement; inspiring the art of living extraordinary. She’s spearheading this through a company called ALEX that she co-founded with her husband, Chris Hotell. ALEX stands for Always Live Extraordinary and is designed to shift habits and consciousness for a healthy and sustainable world.
Revelstoke, BC, Canada
Growing up the youngest of five in the remote west coast of southern New Zealand, Casey was quick to take to an outdoor lifestyle that included gathering edibles from the sea and forest, to wrangling sheep and chickens. Her family moved to Revelstoke, BC when Casey was eleven years old and with that move came bigger mountains. During her first few years in Canada, Casey pursued competitive freestyle skiing. Mountain biking was more of a hobby in the beginning, something she enjoyed doing with her family. Casey’s brother, Sam – an accomplished pro rider in the early 2000’s – introduced Casey to riding early on. She soon found herself shifting her attention to the sport. In 2012 Casey’s had a breakout year when she won the Canadian Championships, Queen of Crankworx and 6th at her first DH World Cup. These performances cemented her path to the World Cup Circuit. Many podiums and successes later she is focused on film projects and riding in Crankworx events. She is beyond fired up to keep making a name for herself in the freeride world.
Kjersti Buaas is a professional snowboarder from Trondheim, Norway. She has competed on the professional Snowboard Tour for 18 years, and is one of few women who successfully has transitioned from halfpipe and slopestyle, to big air and freeride competitions. She has won medals in the Olympics, X Games & the Us Open & been awarded with many prestigious titles, one of them being “Queen Of Style” from Onboard Magazine. Kjersti is known for always adding extra intention into her style and presence, both on and off the mountain. With her positive, light energy, her enthusiastic attitude and growing passion for health, wellness and the environment, she inspires the snow community and beyond.
In 2015 Kjersti started hosting PRSNT women’s adventure retreats together with X Games medalist and TV announcer, Chanelle Sladics. Kjersti is still competing at the top level of snowboarding and recently started studying meditation. She wants to deepen her practice, expand her platform as an athlete and share the tools of meditation with the world.
Also known as DCP, David is a professional snowboarder from Quebec, Canada. After riding for Burton Snowboards for 14 years, he started YES snowboards with Romain de Marchi, JP Solberg, and JMZ. DCP is married to former pro snowboarder Megan Pischke, and they have one daughter and one son
Salt Lake City, UT
Julian Carr is known for hitting the biggest cliffs in skiing, with a world record of 210 feet. He has been featured in seven Warren Miller films, received Powder Magazine’s Photo of the Year, won the Sickbird Award on the Freeskiing World Tour, and holds two world records in cliff height. Julian is also the founder of Discrete Clothing and a mountain running series called the Peak Series.
Sage is one of the best-known skiers in the film industry and has the record to back it up. He won Best Male Performance from Powder Magazine in 2004, 2009, and 2011. Every year, Sage works with Teton Gravity Research to produce annual movies, webisodes, and commercial content. Not only is Sage passionate about skiing, but also sustainability, living well, mountain biking, and art.
Through his artistic talents, he produces graphic designs for musicians, designers, and companies such as The North Face and Atomic. Between living in Utah’s snowy winters and Portland Oregon’s hot summers, both his passions in art and the outdoors are able to thrive.
Jimmy Chin thrives in art and adventure. His career ranges from photography, documentary filmmaking, and being a 14-year veteran of The North Face Athlete Team. He has explored untouched places around the world, while photographing some of the most progressive athletes. From first ascents in the Karakoram mountain range to skiing from the summit of Mount Everest, Jimmy has made a name for himself in the outdoor community.
His outdoor photography has been on the cover of National Geographic and gathered recognition from Photo District News, Communication Arts, the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Lowell Thomas Journalism Awards. He shot and directed documentaries and commercial projects for The North Face, Pirelli, Apple, National Geographic, Working Title, and RSA Films. His recent film, Meru, won the Audience Choice Award at the Sundance 2015 Film Festival.
Callan was born in Bristol Bay, AK, an area only accessible by air or boat. It was in 2007 that she would emerge from this wilderness and win her first VISA U.S. Snowboardcross Championship. She also took third place in the first world cup of her career the same year. Callan was plagued by an injury in the 2009 season but was still focused on her dream of making the 2010 Olympic Team. This dream would come true a year later when she became the first-ever native Alaskan to do so. Her other accomplishments include a silver in X-Games and return to the World Cup podium.
Cody Cirillo is a professional skier out of Breckenridge, CO. He’s spent the past few winters competing and filming across the world, all the while attending the University of Southern California where he received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Health. He’s passionate about bottomless powder, tacos, and the art of apres ski.
Four-time Olympian Stacey Cook has been a member US Ski team for the last fifteen seasons. Stacey describes herself as resilient, relentless, and fearless. She raced just 5 days after a high speed crash during a training run at the 2010 Olympics that resulted in a helicopter medivac. Did we mention she’s fearless?! When not tearing down a race course on two planks, she is exploring exotic destinations, and earning her Business Degree through a distance learning program. She’s a big fan of mixing up her training regimen with long-distance hikes and mountain and road rides in the Eastern Sierras. Stacey is a big-time positive impact player in her community. A committed environmentalist, Stacey also fights the good fight by trying to reduce her footprint daily and as hybrid vehicle owner!
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Kelly paved the way for all female halfpipe riders today. She is known for continually pushing innovation and amplitude in the halfpipe, allowing her to make history and set new records. In 2011, Kelly was the first female to land a 1080 in competition. Her 70 career wins make her the most decorated snowboard athlete in history, with one of these wins being an Olympic gold.
During the offseason, Kelly can be found biking, surfing, hanging out with friends, watching movies, or reading. She also helps run the Kelly Clark Foundation, which helps youth become successful through snowboarding. This foundation has awarded over $125,000 in grants and scholarships.
Angel grew up in the employee housing at Snowbird Ski Resort, where her dad worked for the snow safety department. Angel, along with her brother, was homeschooled by her mother, which allowed for countless powder days. This lifestyle enabled her passion and skills to grow as a skier. After quitting ski racing at 18, she refocused her efforts into big mountain skiing.
Her love for the mountains and growing up in nature has led to her actively protecting the outdoors. She currently attends University of Utah, studying environmental law while still competing on the Freeskiing World Tour. During the summer, she rock climbs, kayaks, and even guides rafting trips in Glacier National Park.
Johnny grew up in Little Cottonwood Canyon with his sister Angel. It was here, at mountains such as Snowbird and Alta, that he found his passion in skiing. His father worked in the snow safety department while his mother homeschooled Johnny and Angel. This allowed for plenty of powder days. At the age of 17, he accomplished climbing the Seven Summits in one year while skiing three of them. Johnny has been able to travel the globe with film crews to ski powder in Japan, pillows in BC, spines in AK, and big mountain lines in Greenland. Even with all this traveling, he still finds time to return home to Alta to get in some resort laps.
Widely known as one of the premier big mountain skiers today, Chris is also a two-time World Champion skier. One of his most notable achievements happened when he became the first person to ski all fifty-four 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado in less than a year. He has also guided and skied on Mt. Everest. He has over 30 appearances in films with companies such as Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions films.
Chris is also a commentator for ski racing events on networks such as ESPN, ABC sports, and Outside television. In addition to this, he has written two books and is a professional speaker on business and mountain sports.
Danny started snowboarding on the hills of Michigan and eventually ended up on top of podiums with two X-Games gold medals in superpipe. He is known globally for massive amplitude and style in pipe competitions. He was voted 2006 Rookie of the Year in the TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders Poll and 2008 Snowboarder Magazine Top 10 Riders of the Year. Danny is known for reinventing snowboarding contests and making them more fun through contests like Peace Park. Outside of snowboarding, he can be found strumming his guitar or banging on a bongo.
Salt Lake City, UT
Alex fell in love with snowboarding at the age of four on a purple and green Burton Air 128 that he got for Christmas. He won the first slopestyle contest he entered. Alex has made the podium three times in the Snowboard Cross World Cup with a third and two second place finishes. In his first Olympic appearance in 2014, he won a bronze metal in the snowboard cross event. He is currently training for a return to the Olympics in 2018. Outside of snowboarding, Alex can be found mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing, or surfing.
Lucas began snowboarding at the age of four and competed in halfpipe contests throughout his teens. He soon withdrew from these competitions and began his career in the backcountry. In 2008, Lucas received the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award in TransWorld Magazine’s Rider’s Poll. He went on to win the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom, a childhood dream of his. Other career highlights include snowboarding Denali in 2011 and receiving the opening part for Absinthe Films NOWWHERE in 2010.
Jackson Hole, WY
After becoming the only women to have won two consecutive World Freeskiing Champion Titles, Kit redirected her career towards ski mountaineering. She became the first person in the world to have skied off the top of the 7 Summits, the highest points on the 7 continents. Her favorite skiing experiences were the first descents she made in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska. She currently resides in the Teton Range of Wyoming with her husband Rob and their two daughters, Grace and Tia.
After leaving his small Oregon hometown, Josh headed to Bend to shred Mt. Bachelor where he washed dishes to pay for snowboarding. His passion for snowboarding has taken him from the Pacific Northwest to over thirty countries around the world. Josh has first accents captured by Kingpin Productions, RobotFood, TGR and Warren Miller. He won the Vans Triple Crown Big Air Competition in 1999 and 2000, and received a bronze medal at the 2000 X Games Big Air Competition.
Mike Douglas has been called one of the 10 most influential freeskiers of all time. He, along with the members of the New Canadian Air Force, pioneered modern freestyle skiing and developed the first high-performance twin tip ski with Salomon back in 1997. Since then he’s won dozens of awards for his skiing, and has more recently added award-winning filmmaker to his resume. His company, Switchback Entertainment, produces documentary adventure films and the web series Salomon TV.
Sun Valley, ID
Lexi was first put on skis at the age of two and soon began ski racing. She qualified for the Junior Olympics while on the Sun Valley Ski team. During her time at the University of Colorado Boulder, she competed with the university’s freestyle team. She went on to compete on the Freeskiing World Tour and placed in the top 10 overall in 2009 and 2010. Another impressive accomplishment of hers was a 4th place finish in the 2012 “Red Bull Cold Rush” event.
Lexi has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for children in Tanzania, volunteered for Beadforlife, and participated in a six-week volunteer program at M’Lop Tapang Center for Street Children in Cambodia. She also enjoys sailing, biking, surfing, climbing, hiking, and yoga.
Jackson Hole, WY
Lynsey is one of the most influential figures in action sports. As a professional skier, Lynsey’s has starred in films from companies such as Teton Gravity Research, Warren Miller, Sherpa’s Cinema, and more. She has skied on 6 continents, won every big mountain competition she’s entered, and won Powder Magazine’s Female Skier of the Year. Most recently, she started Unicorn Picnic, a film company that produced the first community driven, all female big mountain ski film, Pretty Faces.
Outside of being a professional skier, Lynsey is also a graphic designer, photographer, filmmaker, TV host, mentor, action sports model, and adventurer. Currently residing in Jackson, Wyoming, she balances art with being an athlete, while still finding time for her non-profit work.
Tim has been riding a snowboard for 17 years and calls the Sierra Nevada mountains home. His preferred choice of travel is his truck camper and splitboard. Positivity is what gets him out of bed in the morning, and long days in the great outdoors are what helps him sleep at night.
Truckee, CA and Salt Lake City, UT
Amie Engerbretson is a lover of the mountains and the beautiful communities that dwell in them. Born in Tahoe and raised on the slopes of Squaw during the post-Hot Dog: The Movie era, Amie spent her first day on snow at 10 months old and has been skiing for the camera (and for fun!) ever since. Following in the footsteps of her former pro skier father, Jeff Engerbretson, Amie developed a unique set of skills and deep knowledge of the mountains. She’s been featured in motion and print advertising campaigns and published in international media outlets. From skiing to mountain biking to paddle boarding, Amie’s warm personality, infectious smile, and passion for exploration are present on her many adventures. She has a bachelor’s degree in Media Management from Columbia College of Chicago and is always looking for ways to bring involvement and professionalism to her athletic career. She is sponsored by Spyder, K2 Skis, Leki, Backcountry Access, Dalbello Ski Books, Marker Bindings, Discrete Headwear, and Mons Royal.
Salt Lake City, UT
Kaitlyn, a former professional snowboarder, won the halfpipe competition in the 2014 Winter Olympics. She also won the 2012 Dew Tour at Breckenridge and the 2010 X-Games Europe. With an X-Games Aspen silver medal, the 2013 World Cup Bronze Medal, and being the first women to land a backside 900, Kaitlyn was one of the best in women’s snowboarding.
Unfortunately, she sustained a career ending injury in 2014 during a video shoot in Austria. After getting an MRI, she found out she has congenital cervical stenosis, a spine conditions she’s had since birth. She announced her retirement on January 16, 2015. Most recently, Kaitlyn has picked up surfing and frisbee golf.
After renting a snowboard for his seventh birthday, Benji switched from skiing to snowboarding permanently and hasn’t looked back. In 2011, he was on the World Championships halfpipe team and earned the top spot for the US with a 12th place finish. That same year, he finished in the top 10 at the Mammoth Mountain Grand Prix and was asked to join the U.S. Snowboarding rookie squad. With a podium finish at the 2012 Burton US Open, Benji was moved up to the U.S. Snowboarding Pro Team. In 2013, his first year on the team, he finished in fifth place at the Burton US Open.
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Kimmy started snowboarding at the age of nine and six years later, she took home the title of USASA National Slopestyle Champion. She would go on to win this title for 2 more years. After graduating high school early in 2002, she moved to Mammoth Lakes, CA to pursue her snowboard career, while working towards her Bachelor of Science in Marketing. In 2008, TransWorld SNOWboarding crowned Kimmy ‘Rookie of the Year’. After some top ten finishes but no podiums in contests, Kimmy shifted her focus to filming with Standard Films in the backcountry. She filmed the only female segment in Absinthe Films’ After/Forever.
Outside of Protect Our Winters, Kimmy works with Boarding for Breast Cancer, LIV Bicycles, and Lululemon. Herself and her husband, professional skier and Riders Alliance member Chris Benchetler, are also co-owners in Mimi’s Cookie Bar, a bakery in Mammoth Lakes, CA.
Park City, UT
Bryon was born in Atlanta, an unlikely location for a professional skier. After regular family trips to Vail as a child, his family moved to Park City when he was 8 years old. At the age of 10, he made the Park City Ski Team and two years later he won his first ski race. He made an impressive 10-year run on the U.S. Ski Team with some World Cup results and national titles.
Since retiring, Bryon started a business with the mission of delivering ecofriendly ski poles called Soul Poles. Bryon is also an incredible singer songwriter. He has created three albums and was voted best new singer songwriter by SiriusXM’s Coffeehouse channel.
Growing up at the foot of Mount Éboulements in Quebec, Marie was always surrounded by snow. Like most kids, Marie started on skis, but at the age of 11 she switched to snowboarding after seeing her older brothers ripping down the mountains.
Since then, Marie has made appearances in X-Games and the Abominable Snowjam, while still filming video parts. She has been awarded TransWorld SNOWboarding’s Woman Rider of the Year, Women’s Reader’s Choice, and the Women’s Video Part of the Year. Marie has also worked on a non-profit snowboard documentary called ‘The Little Things.’ Being known for her sustainable lifestyle, she focused the movie on balancing life with the environment.
Salt Lake City, UT
Whether it’s the alpine, backcountry, park, pipe, moguls, or groomers, Pep rips it all. This wide range of skiing experiences has created his effortless, aggressive, and playful style in any terrain. His accomplishments include X-Games appearances, over 20 film appearances, and traveling the world in search of snow. When Pep isn’t skiing, he can be found climbing, surfing, mountain biking, fishing, or camping.
Skiing is Pep’s life passion, keeping him strong mentally and physically, and never bores. He believes there is never a bad day when skis are on his feet.
Clare is an ultrarunner (and competes in skimo-yes, with the skinny skis-GASP!), and she’s partial to the marine impacts of climate change, as she studied coral ecology at Princeton. She’s spent many months of her life underwater researching coral degradation, which no, is not conducive to her ultrarunning career. She’s won the Leadville 100 and set the course record at the 100k CCC-UTMB, but her real passion is using running to talk about anything but running, i.e. climate change. Since she has to train in the mountains and doesn’t study coral anymore, her commitment to climate change mitigation is now in the form of eduction and outreach. She coaches youth runners in her hometown of Boulder, CO and subtly shoves progressive ideas into their minds.
Alison is a World Champion Extreme Freeskier and environmental activist. She is an award-winning global cooling consultant and the founder of multiple non-profits. One of which, Save Our Snow, works towards educating the public about measurable choices and solutions to climate change to save our snow and water. Not only does she help educate, but also proactively works towards reducing the anthropogenic causes of climate change.
Alison has created the world’s first solar SUV, fights against fracking for natural gas, and has created local food infrastructures. Through these actions, along with additional efforts, she has reduced her out carbon footprint by more than half.
In 2013, she was diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor. After the initial surgery, she switched to a ketogenic diet, DNA testing, and a new lifestyle to starve the remaining cancers. She has since made efforts to help others change their diet and lifestyles to prevent cancer or conquer cancer.
Salt Lake City, UT
Caroline is a professional ski mountaineer from Salt Lake City, UT. Her achievements include ski mountaineering the three highest peaks in Ecuador in one week, the highest volcano in the US in a weekend, and King’s Peak in a single day. She has received prestigious covers from Powder Magazine, Ski Magazine, and Backcountry Magazine, and also has been featured in Warren Miller Films.
Her passion for skiing has driven her to advocate for the environment, not only through Protect Our Winters but also through HEAL Utah and Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. Outside of skiing, she loves trail running, alpine climbing, ridge scrambling, biking, adventuring, and working in her organic garden.
A Steamboat Springs local, Arielle exploded onto the halfpipe snowboarding scene with podium threats in every contest. In 2012, she won two silver medals in the Winter Youth Olympic Games and not long after, won gold in the FIS Junior World Championship. The next season, she won gold at the FIS World Snowboarding Championships, bronze at X-Games Aspen, and first place at the 2013 Burton European Open. During the 2013-2014 season, she clinched an Olympic spot with a podium spot at the U.S. Sprint Grand Prix and a fourth place finishes at X-Games and the Breckenridge Dew Tour. A shoulder injury prevented her from competing at the Olympics but she returned strong in the 2015 and 2016 seasons with a win at the LAAX Open and a podium spot at X-Games Aspen.
Taylor began snowboarding with his sister, Arielle, at the age of seven in his hometown of Steamboat Springs, CO. Gold joined the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club after seeing snowboarding in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. Taylor’s first competitions were halfpipe, slopestyle, boardercross, slalom and giant slalom at a USASA event. Since then Gold has had multiple wins on the Grand Prix Tour, a Dew Tour win, a US Open title, two National titles, and a 2014 Olympic appearance.
When he’s not on the snow, Gold loves to jump on the trampoline, skateboard and play guitar. He shares a condo with his sister in Breckenridge, CO.
In the first women’s Olympic halfpipe competition, Canadian Rosalind impressively landed in seventh place. She has also finished in third place in both the 2010 and 2011 X-Games. In 2012, she would honor her friend and teammate Sarah Burke, who passed away in a ski accident, by winning the X-Games halfpipe gold. She still carries Burke’s name on her helmet in all competitions. Rosalind would go on to win silver in the 2013 X-Games as well. Currently, she is studying math and physics at Quest University.
Moss was raised in Los Alamos, NM and grew his love for snowboarding on backcountry trips his uncle took him on. After moving around from Los Alamos to Vail, he would eventually end up in Squaw Valley, a mountain known for breeding the worlds best riders.
Not only is Moss an incredible rider, but also an impressive photographer. His opportunity to travel and see beautiful places as a professional snowboarder has enabled him to grow his photography into a career from what was originally just a way of documenting his adventures. This growth in photography talent has allowed him to fund his passion for exploring the backcountry.
Simi grew up in Aspen, where he grew his skills in a variety of mountain sports. From mountain biking to white water paddling to climbing, he had his pick for what to pursue. Eventually he decided on cross country skiing and remains one of the top sprinters in the world. He became a three-time NCAA All-American with two Olympic appearances, three World Championship teams, and a World Cup stage win. Simi enjoys backcountry skiing in Colorado when he’s not cross country skiing. Outside of his career, he can be found climbing and surfing.
For most big mountain skiers, powder, mountains and big lines occupy the entirety of their daylight hours and even dreams. Hadley Hammer does not fit this stereotype. Though she crushes the big lines with the best of them as demonstrated with her competition record on the Freeride World Tour, Hadley also happens to be a sommelier, gourmet chef, book nerd, showcase Mountain Athlete and climber to name just a fraction of her side hobbies. Growing up in Jackson, WY, Hadley was brought up in the mountains, spending all her time chasing her brothers around the Tetons. As college approached, Hadley recognized the benefits of a formal career outside of her mountain life though and and headed east for a B.A in Hospitality and Economics. After a few years working in the urban hotel world, she recognized a key component missing and headed back to her mountain base to achieve a greater balance between career and lifestyle. Cultivated by rock climbing and skiing before she could even walk, balance is the name of her game and now manifests itself in her big mountain skiing pursuits and complimentary lifestyle.
Squaw Valley, CA
Emily is a professional rock climber and adventurer with major accomplishments on the USA Climbing Team. She has 5 US national Sport Climbing Championships and 2 North American Championships. Her passion truly lies in outdoor climbing though. She shifted her focus towards this and has numerous first female ascents, has free climbed Yosemite’s El Capitan, summited Everest, and has climbed mountains in Nepal, China, Myanmar, Crimea, and Morocco.”
Angela is one of few female IFMGA guides. She was the 6th in the U.S. and one of few women to sustain a full-time career as a technical guide. She has led over 25 high altitude expeditions all over the world, ski traversed Lapland from Sweden to Norway, ski guides in Antarctica and led an all-women’s ski descent of Mt. Elbrus in Russia. She owns Chicks Climbing and Skiing, is an Instructor Team Lead for the AMGA and works as a guide and avalanche forecaster for Telluride Helitrax. Angela has a Masters Degree in International Mountain Conservation and is an educator and advocate of the environment with long history of service work and giving back. In 2011 Angela was awarded the “AMGA Guide of the Year”
Seth started snowboarding at the age of 10. He has been living his dream as a professional snowboarder for the last 6 years. For the first 4 years of his career, he focused on contests and in his prime, he ranked 7th in the US and 18th overall in the world. After breaking his back in 2014, he reassessed what made him happy and switched to filming, producing, and riding in his own documentary, REALLY GOTTA WANNA. More recently, he has been working on a project with Red Bull called GottaBoard.
Incline Village, NV
After first snowboarding at the age of 6, Elena competed in her first event at the young age of 8 years old. She quickly progressed and at the age of 13 she became the first female to land a 900 in competition. She is also the first person, male or female, to land a double backside alley-oop in competition. Elena has also made impressive finishes in the Olympics with a sixth place in 2006 and a tenth place in 2010. After winning five X-Games medals and wins at the Burton US Open and the Grand Prix, she switched to filming full time with the Full Moon crew in 2016.
Nate was born and raised in Idaho, where he idolized riders such as Shawn Farmer and Damian Sanders. He would go on to win eight X-Games gold medals in snowboard cross. With three Olympic appearances and his top performance landing him in fourth place in 2012, he is looking towards PyeongChang in 2018. Most recently, he won the Olympic test event in February of 2016.
Nate currently resides in Truckee, California with his wife Christen and daughter Lux. Outside of snowboarding, he enjoys dirt biking, fly fishing, mountain biking and wakeboarding
Columbia Falls, MT
Hilary grew up near Glacier National Park in Montana, which gave her a feeling of connectedness with the rivers and lakes in the area. After being taught to fish by a friend down the road, she made the commitment to always live near the rivers. She went on to attend the University of Montana as a broadcast journalism major and then worked as a news anchor in Missoula, Montana and Portland, Oregon. Currently, she is co-host on a fly fishing show on Trout TV. She also owns a marketing firm called Outside Media that represents fly fishing, ski, and outdoor industry brands.
Through her involvement in the outdoor industry, she has become an advocate for conservation. Outside of Protect Our Winters, she is involved in Project Healing Waters and Casting for Recovery. She also enjoys skiing with her daughters, trail running, and volunteering as a fly fishing instructor for Glacier Anglers’ Fun on the Fly Youth Retreat.
John started his career as a teen phenom in the park and pipe before redirecting his path towards filming in the backcountry. Known now for his ability to combine his park skills with the world’s steepest lines, his film parts are unbelievable. These parts can be seen in Forum Films as well as Brain Farm. John and his brother Eric also filmed a mini series with Red Bull called Brothers on the Run. They journeyed from Alaska to the southern top of Chile in search of snow and surf.
When he’s not filming, he runs a jewelry business called Jax Union, which raises money for an orphanage project in Nicaragua. He is also a talented musician, playing the piano, guitar, and mandolin.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania among the rolling hills, and Amish folk in the Appalachian countryside, Josh learned to ski at Tussey Mountain outside of State College when he was three years old. Continuing to learn on the icy slopes of the Poconos until fifteen, he heard about snowboarding, and never looked back.
At eighteen years old, he committed to six years in the military as a Navy SEAL. During that time he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. On his second deployment, situated high in the Sulaiman Mountains of the Hindu Kush, he was snowed in for more than a month, and was surrounded by dream lines. The need for shredding was renewed, and upon separation from the Navy, he promptly moved to Colorado. He soon bought his first splitboard, and again, never looked back.
Getting inspired by Jeremy Jones, he kept at it. To help motivate his fellow veterans to go out in the mountains, he decided to pick up an audacious goal, “Become the first person to climb and ski/snowboard all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks in a single ski season.” On May 20th, he accomplished that goal, and did so in 138 days. The itch still can’t be scratched, and he’s beyond stoked to join the POW Rider’s Alliance to bring more people out in the mountains, and maybe inspire them to keep peaks snowy the world over.
Dakota Jones is a mountain runner from Durango, CO. He has been running trails ever since he found that trail running wasn’t nearly as competitive as road running, and that it might give him a shot at being famous. He still isn’t famous, but it turns out he really likes exploring wild places on foot. Indeed, this unexpected appreciation of nature has resulted in him doing all kinds of complicated things in order to try to save the environment, like taking a cargo ship across the ocean and being a pain in the ass at potlucks by not eating meat. Lately, he has come to accept that compromises are inevitable, and that the goal must be to choose which compromises to make and then work to reduce them over time. By working with POW, he’s hoping to utilize his ability to run fast on trails to promote sustainability and respect, which sounds like two things that wouldn’t work together, but which in reality are surprisingly interconnected. Please go follow him on Instagram and get all your friends to do so too. His self-esteem depends on it.
Jeremy Jones, the Founder and CEO of Protect Our Winters, has been a professional snowboarder for over 18 years and is widely regarded as one of the best big mountain snowboarders in the world. Ten times voted “Big Mountain Rider of the Year” by Snowboarder Magazine, he has starred in over twenty snowboard films worldwide. In 2013, Jeremy was nominated by National Geographic as an “Adventurer Of The Year” and a “Champion Of Change” by President Obama for his work fighting climate change with Protect Our Winters.
Jordie has been on the snow since the age of two. As a Snowmass local, she has won professional snowboard contests such as the Burton Euro Open. She has also earned a third place overall at the Dew Tour, third in the New Zealand Open, and an invite to X-Games Tignes. Other impressive finishes include a sixth in the U.S. Revolution Tour, second at the Mammoth Grand Prix, and finishing just outside the podium at five Olympic qualifiers.”
Eric has been to some of the most remote places on earth through his expedition guiding and polar adventuring. With the help of Lonnie Dupre, the pair completed the first summer expedition to the North Pole in 2006. This expedition involved canoeing 550 miles through sea ice and open ocean. He went on to lead a 600-mile, 41-day expedition to the South Pole in 2008. In 2009, he would start the first part of his Save the Poles Expedition with a 750-mile ski traverse in the South Pole. Two months later, he would start the second part with a 51-day expedition in the South Pole that would be completed on Earth Day of 2010. He completed the Save the Poles expedition when he reached the summit of Mt. Everest on October 15th, 2010. This made him the first person in history to reach the world’s three ‘poles’ within a 365-day period. Eric aims to connect people to places and issues and because of this, was elected as one of Outside Magazine’s Eco All Stars in 2008.
Jackson Hole, WY
Iris has been a professional snowboarder for 12 years and has won contests in every discipline, from slopestyle to freeriding competitions. She shares her talent and love of snowboarding through coaching kids at High Cascade and Alpine Meadows. Becoming a professional snowboarder was her dream and she is living this dream through competing on the Freeride World Tour and exploring the backcountry on her splitboard.
Currently residing in Jackson Hole, she enjoys fly fishing during the offseason. She plans on continuing to follow her dream of professionally snowboarding as long as the doors are open.
Wang is a professional snowboarder living in Beijing. He embraces the pure spirit and style as the core of snowboarding. After retiring from competition, Wang chased experiences traveling the globe. Wang is dedicated to the advancement of snowboarding in China. He is also involved with local brands, making an effort to grow these brands and Chinese winter sports.
Salt Lake City, UT
Brody is an adventure skier from the flat state of Ohio. He chases winter all year from North America to South America, and has skied on almost every possible place on the globe. One of his biggest accomplishments is climbing Denali. Brody also is a photographer, social media adventure expert, and a prolific writer. Recently, he was featured in a Grit Visual video for testing his endurance by running the Grand Teton.
Salt Lake City, UT
At age 21, Ligety shocked the world by becoming the youngest American male to win an Olympic Gold medal in alpine skiing. He continued to dominate the men’s alpine circuit with five World Cup overall giant slalom titles and five World Championship titles. In 2013 Ligety became the first man in 45 years to win three events at the World Championships, and in 2014 he won the first-ever men’s giant slalom gold medal for the USA. At the 2015 World Championships on home soil in Colorado, Ligety became the first skier to win three consecutive World Championship titles in giant slalom securing his place in history as a legend in his sport.
Ligety is one of the hardest workers on the World Cup circuit. In addition to being one of the world’s best skiers, he runs his own business, a company called Shred Optics.
Salt Lake City, UT
Devin is a talented freeskier that has achievements in halfpipe, slopestyle, and big air. She started skiing on the slopes of Mt. Snow, VT, where she would compete in racing and moguls before switching to halfpipe and slopestyle. In addition to an Olympic slopestyle silver medal, she has five overall AFP titles, an X-Games silver medal, and multiple Dew Tour, World Cup, and Grand Prix podiums.
Outside of skiing, she loves to cook and has even been feature in Good Cents Cooking Magazine. She also loves playing soccer and being outdoors. She is currently balancing professional skiing with Westminster College in Salt Lake City.
Venice Beach, CA
Raised in the east, Nick’s skills were soon noticed in ski competitions. He began seeing competitive results at a young age with the Alpha Dawg Award in 2009 as one of the top Dew Tour athletes younger than 18. He went on to make appearances in 10 major ski films and juggles being a successful competitor, film segment skier, filmer, producer, and CEO. Today, you will find Nick in Colorado, running his own company called STEPT Productions.
Ian started skiing at the age of two, learning to walk just two months prior. Growing up in a small ski town near Banff, CA, Ian knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life: ski. After high school, he moved to Whistler, where he and several ski friends would live for a year. Following a ski bum year, he traveled to New Zealand to follow the snow and his passion. Since then, he has competed on the Freeride World Tour and has been featured in multiple ski films. For Ian though, “It’s all about being in the powder.”
Salt Lake City, UT
At 2 years old Megan learned to ski in Utah. She grew up doing many outdoor sports including mountain biking, hiking, camping, soccer and tennis, but especially fell in love with skiing! Megan is proud to have represented the United States in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and four World Championship events including 2017 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Most recently Megan won the women’s giant slalom at the 2017 US Alpine Championships.
For the past four winters Megan has been competing at the international level with no support from the national team. Overcoming this challenge has been an exercise in athletic perseverance, passion and work ethic, and Megan hopes to use these life skills in her campaign to protect the environment and the mountains that have played such an integral part in her ski racing career.
In Megan’s off time, she is a student at Westminster College, enjoys relaxing in the kitchen while baking, watching movies and skiing powder at Alta Ski Resort!
Cooke City, MT
Kt is a skier and adventure photographer who captures images in some of the wildest places in the world. She specializes in human-powdered adventure with many high-level routes and first ski descents. As a media specialist, she has worked in the Arctic with polar bears and has hosted the world’s leading polar bear and climate scientists for large digital outreach initiatives. Her photography inspires others to take action on climate change, connect with the natural world, and become better stewards of the environment.
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Jack is a professional snowboarder, entrepreneur, filmmaker, music festival producer, and musician. His work, whether in business or snowboarding, instills positivity and a sense of belonging. He currently rides professionally for Burton Snowboards and is a host for major snowboard contests around the world. He founded a company called Easle Entertainment and Frendsvision. Jack is also the cofounder of a Vermont-based music festival called the Frendly Gathering. His hope is to push the world forward through telling the untold stories of organizations and people in their respective industries.
One of the most down to earth individuals you will ever meet, Nicolas or “Nico” is known for having one of the most unique styles in snowboarding. He grew up riding halfpipe in Aarau, Switzerland and since then, has graced the cover of numerous magazines. Many of these magazines highlight his trademark method or one-footers in the halfpipe. Nico has been voted TransWorld Snowboarder of the Year, put out numerous video parts, and won an X-Games gold medal. He has been considered the best all-around snowboarder for years and stamps his style on every aspect of the mountain.
Andy is a 3x Olympic cross country skiing champion. He started on the US Development Ski Team in 2002 and eventually progressed to the US National Team, competing internationally on World Cups and at World Championships for 10 years. He placed third in the 2006 World Cup, becoming the first American Nordic skier to do so in 23 years. Andy has established himself as one of the most consistent sprinters in the world through multiple top 10 finishes.
When he’s not competing, he can be seen pushing halfpipe and big air jumps on cross country skis. Outside of Protect Our Winters, he is also involved in Athletes for Action, an environmental activism program.
Park City, UT
Steven started skiing at the age of two at Sundance Mountain Resort. He went on to become part of the Park City Ski Team and won two medals while part of the 2002 World Junior squad. The coaches were so impressed with his skiing that they entered him in a World Cup slalom event six days later. He finished 15th and progressed to becoming a three time World Cup Champion and three time Olympian.
Outside of skiing, Steven works on a project called Fantasy Ski Racer, which aims to connect fans to the skiing world. He has also become a host for the Birds of Prey race in Beaver Creek and the U.S. Alpine Championships at Winter Park.
Meg is a Colorado native professional skier that learned to ski at Buttermilk Mountain at the age of two. She followed in her two brothers’ footsteps and began competing in slopestyle competitions. Known for her superior rail game and her style, she has put down some of the smoothest slopestyle runs. This has allowed her to podium on some of the biggest stages, such as X-Games and the Dew Tour. Unfortunately, Meg was plagued with knee injuries throughout 2011 and 2012 but was able to rebound and made the 2014 Olympic Team.
Hilaree was born and raised in the Northwest and started skiing at the age of 3 at Stevens Pass, WA. After moving to Chamonix Valley, France, she was able to take her skills to the next level in ski mountaineering. She became the first woman to climb two 8,000-meter peaks in 24 hours. She has also accomplished feats such as skiing from the summit of Cho Oyu in Tibet, skiing multiple remote volcanoes, and has first descents in the tight couloirs of Baffin Island. Hilaree is currently residing in Telluride, Colorado with her two sons.
Sarka began snowboarding at the age of 11 and developed her skills on Morava Pico, a mountain in the Czech Republic. She has early career wins at the Quicksilver Snowjam and the O2 World Rookie Fest. In 2008, she won the Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam and came in second at the Dew Tour the next year. Sarka qualified for the 2014 Olympics but took a bad crash on one of her runs. Since then, she took a break from competition and began filming in the backcountry, putting out her own snowboard series, Shark Tales.
Michelle started ski racing at Squaw Valley, California but switched over to freeskiing at the age of 15 to follow her real passion. She competed in slopestyle and halfpipe at the US Open and X-Games for a few years but decided to switch it up again and follow backcountry skiing. Michelle is now one of the best all around female skiers and has appeared in over a dozen ski films. Her segment in Matchstick Productions’ Superheroes of Stoke won her Best Female Performance at the Powder Video Awards and at the International Freeski Film Festival. A goal of hers is to feel safe in the backcountry and because of this, she’s launched a women’s avalanche safety clinic while being involved with the High Fives Foundation, a group that helps injured athletes.
At age 18, Kevin soared on to the professional snowboarding stage, quickly becoming the athlete to watch in this ever-evolving sport. While training for the Olympic trials, Kevin suffered a traumatic brain injury. His ongoing rehabilitation and training remain an inspiration to all. Kevin is now an inspirational survivor, sports commentator, motivational speaker and advocate for brain injury and Down syndrome.
Leanne dominates rails in women’s snowboarding. These skills can be seen in films such as MissChief, La La Land, and a string of first place finishes in contests. She is also the founder and a featured coach in the all girls MGT Snowboarding Camps. Leanne has also been able to complete a Bachelor of Science degree while maintaining her snowboard career. Leanne spends her winters in Whistler, BC where the options are limitless.
Lake Placid, NY
Maddie began skiing at the age of 8, when her family moved from South Carolina. She didn’t pick up a rifle until the age of 15, and hasn’t put it down ever since. Following her high school graduation in 2013, she moved to Fort Kent, Maine and trained with the Maine Winter Sports Center. There, she devoted all of her time and energy in becoming a full-time biathlete. Maddie is now a professional biathlete on the US Biathlon National A Team – that’s cross country skiing and shooting guns! When she’s not training, you can find Maddie rock climbing, and exploring the Adirondacks.
Megan, a pro snowboarder, believes the mountains, surf, and yoga keep her daily life in check through all the ups and downs. She has made appearances in X-Games, Warren Miller Films, and even has first descents in Greenland. For more than 16 years, Megan has been involved with Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC). She partnered with this non-profit to provided scholarships to her ReTreat Yourself women’s wellness experience for breast cancer survivors. Unfortunately, Megan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. After undergoing treatment, she became cancer free in April of 2014.
Griffin grew up skiing the slopes of Bald Mountain in Sun Valley, Idaho. After competing on the Sun Valley and Hailey Ski Teams, Griffin made the switch to freeskiing in his early twenties. He went on to compete on the Freeride World Tour and won his second contest ever entered, the U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships. Although he has established himself as a major threat in freeskiing contests, he believes that his skiing is just a means to accomplish a bigger goal; giving back to people who are less fortunate than you.”
Park City, UT
While Sierra’s career as a model for brands like American Eagle, Lulu Lemon, and Nike rockets forward, her skiing is quickly and simultaneously coming into its own. As a professional skier, her recent moves to Discrete, Spyder and Volkl are defining her as not only one of the hardest-charging skiers in the scene but a respected representative of brands reaching across industry lines.
Kikkan made her Olympic debut in cross country skiing in the same place that she was born, Salt Lake City. She has the title of best results by an American woman in both the Olympics and World Cup. In 2008, she won the World Cup, becoming the first American woman to do so. She also won the first ever US Women’s World Championship medal at the 2009 World Championships. Herself, along with Jessie Diggins, became the first US duo to win gold for the cross country team at the World Championships in Val di Fiemme in 2013.
Originally hailing from the icy slopes of Connecticut and Vermont, competition provided a early gateway into a lifelong passion for Nick. Over the last decade, Nick has found solitude and enlightenment deep in the mountains via splitboard. Now calling the Sierra Nevada backcountry home, he intends to delve deeper into the range utilizing his own two feet to get him there. Nick stands with Protect Our Winters, so that future generations can experience the joy and happiness that which the mountains bring him.
Beth is an American rock climber most notably known for being the youngest woman to climb 5.14a, and is one of the only women in the world to have redpointed a 5.14c traditional climb. Beth likes to travel the world for great climbing, good friends and tasty food.
Lake Placid, NY
Paul competes as a member of the US Biathlon Team, a winter sport combining cross country skiing and rifle marksmanship. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, paddling, reading, and hanging out with friends.
Anna is a professional skier from Melbourne, Australia. She competed on the international freeski circuit in slopestyle for 10 years and made her debut as an Olympic athlete in the 2014 Winter Olympics. She won gold in the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships and X-Games 13. The Olympics would be the end of her competitive career though, as she made the switch to filming. She now resides in Whistler, BC, where she challenges herself in the backcountry.
Originally from Miami, Florida, Segal left the beaches for the mountains of Boulder, Colorado. He has been climbing since 1998, the first years dedicated to traveling the US and Europe for indoor competition. After many successful comp seasons Segal realized there was more to climbing than gymnastic movement on plastic holds, so he ditched the gym and journeyed outside.
Some say if Segal hadn’t become a professional rock climber, he could have made a solid go at it in the world of used car sales. His level of enthusiasm for climbing and adventure is unrivaled. When pitching an idea for a trip, Matt’s voice creeps up steadily in volume, and his gaze becomes more intense. Then, at the crescendo of the proposal, he’ll explode with “It’ll be great!” A born explorer, Segal has a sixth sense for sniffing out obscure, wild rock climbing destinations.
He’s traveled the world, from China to Argentina, mostly focusing on establishing the most difficult traditional climbs he can find. Some of his proudest lines include The Iron Monkey (5.14) in Eldorado Canyon, CO, The Orangutan Overhang (5.14-) in Independence Pass, CO and Air China (5.13d R) in Liming, China. Recently he’s also collaborated with both scientists and photographers on National Geographic expeditions where his skills as a climber have proven to be valuable.
Segal graduated from Naropa University with degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies with an emphasis in Tibetan Buddhism. Even though not working in his academic field, he carries the knowledge he acquired in his everyday life. He tries to live by the words of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the late founder of Naropa University, when he said: “The arrival of chaos should be regarded as extremely good news.”
Born and bred as a skier in Australia’s Victorian Alps, since 2010, Nat has been traveling the world as a top competitor in freeride skiing events, including the Freeride and Freeskiing World Tours.
Nat is known for her high energy, adventurous spirit and driven personality. It is these attributes, as well as her proactiveness in the media and her passion for skiing that has found her travelling the world working on a range of projects. This includes filming with Shades of Winter (2014) and co-organizing and participating in the Shifting Ice and Changing Tides Expedition to Greenland, for which she received a National Geographic Young Explorers grant.
Based in Chamonix, France, Nat continues to progress her freeride skiing and ski mountaineering skills.
Salt Lake City, UT
Griffin Siebert is a snowboarder from Park City, Utah. He now resides in Salt Lake City, UT and can be found splitboarding, and climbing around the Wasatch Mountains. Griffin is a senior at the University of Utah, studying Environmental Geoscience, and is a huge advocate in trying to protect the snow we all enjoy for future generations to come.
Salt Lake City, UT
Forrest enjoys adventuring in the mountains on his splitboard, where he believes earning your turns is more rewarding. He was originally a surfer from Southern California but made the switch to Utah for the backcountry freeriding. With features in Deeper and Further, Forrest is one of the best backcountry riders out there.
San Diego, CA
Chanelle is a triple-threat with skills in snowboarding, surfing, and skateboarding but most often, she’s found competing on the women’s slopestyle and rail jams circuit. Not only is she well known in the contest circuit, but also has been featured in magazines and films. She’s appeared in Oakley’s Uniquely, an all women’s film, and Runways Films’ See What I See.
Outside of snowboarding, Chanelle enjoys yoga, spinning records, organic gardening, and promoting environmental awareness. She not only works with Protect Our Winters, but also with Action Sports Environmental Coalition.
Austin has found his success snowboarding outside of the traditional contest circuit. He co-produced the 2014 Pathology Project movie, which won the coveted TransWorld Video Of The Year award. Additional career highlights include earning Rookie Of The Year and Video Part Of The Year honors, as well as the cover of TransWorld SNOWboarding magazine, and a celebrated stint as co-editor of Snowboarder Magazine alongside Bryan Fox.
Austin also co-founded Drink Water alongside Fox, a principled response to the influence of energy drinks in action sports. Through Drink Water, they founded the Drink Water Rat Race, an annual banked slalom contest held at Mt. Hood, which has become the not-to-be-missed snowboard event of the summer with proceeds donated to water.org. In addition to being an enthusiastic banked slalom competitor, Austin also travels extensively, most recently to North Korea with Snowboarder Magazine and to Sweden and Norway with Smith for the Life Beyond Walls series. He also filmed this past season with Nitro for their new movie Boom!, and has plans to release a segment from an epic early spring trip to Alaska.
Mark is pushing snowboarding in every discipline. He can ride powder with the best, while still being able to hit urban rails. He has been filming in the Whistler backcountry for a number of years now and has been featured in movies such as, Colour, Burton’s The B, Standing Sideways, and also in Burton’s SNOWBOARDING backcountry web video.
Douglas Stoup is the world’s leading polar adventurer and has skied to both the North and South Poles more than anyone on the planet. Douglas has lead international scientific expeditions to both poles, including Poletrack in which he pioneered locator beacons that track climate change for scientists. As the founder and President of both Ice Axe Expeditions and the Ice Axe Foundation he is an educator dedicated to sharing the profound beauty and fragility of our planet and continues to push the limits of human endurance leading disabled adventurers in the polar environments while raising monies for charities. He’s an explorer, environmentalist, humanitarian, father and husband.
From his first ski run at Squaw Valley at the age of 2, Cody Townsend knew he had found his passion. He spent his early years chasing legends like Shane McConkey and Kent Kreitler around his home mountain before being recognized in his own right as an up-and-coming big mountain skier. Since turning pro a decade ago, Cody has constantly pushed the limits of fun and adventure. From skiing what some have called “the most insane ski line ever” to adventuring in the Arctic and hanging in the backcountry with his buds, Cody embodies what skiing was meant to be: a journey of exploration and relentless passion in the company of friends.
Santa Monica, CA
After learning to ski at a young age in Montreal, Canada, Kaya quickly turned towards slopestyle. Fast forward 20 years and Kaya is now a seasoned veteran in ski slopestyle. She has won major events such as the 2013 World Championships, the Winter X-Games, and the Winter Dew Tour. Currently, she holds more gold medals in X-Games than any other skier. Outside of skiing, Kaya spends time training on the trampoline, working out, doing yoga, and slack lining. She is also pursuing a degree in sports psychology.
Carabasset Valley, ME
After getting bored of ski racing at the age of 10, Seth switched to snowboarding and never looked back. He started competing in both halfpipe and snowboard cross events, but eventually narrowed his focus on snowboard cross when he got word of the Olympics adding the event. With two Olympic gold medals, one being the first in the event history, he has solidified himself in snowboard cross history. When he’s not snowboarding, Seth is surfing, golfing, or landscaping around his home. He is also a partner at a restaurant in Sugarloaf, ME, The Rack BBQ.
Jackson Hole, WY
Alex currently resides in Jackson Hole, WY as a Patagonia Ambassador. Attending summer school opened up his winter for riding and perfecting his skills. At the age of 18, he took a trip to Alaska, which set his career on the path it’s on today. He has won the North Face Masters Overall Young Gun Award (2010), was featured in the film ‘Manifest, and finished in fourth in the North Face Masters at Crystal Mountain.
Salt Lake City, UT
noun: Zeppelin; A snowboarder, writer, filmmaker, and activist who doesn’t know how to ‘slow down.’ A Zeppelin can often be found amongst the peaks of the Wasatch range in Utah, on location for WZRD Media’s upcoming film The Heist, or holed up in a coffee shop writing.
Thirty year old male. Heavy drinker. Of coffee. Sporter of Moustache. Enamored with alpinism and the experiences, challenges and relationships that come from it.
Born in New Zealand raised in the Northwest. After being exposed to alpine terrain in the Cascades he moved back to NZ where he cut his teeth in the Southern Alps and became a strong part of the Kiwi climbing community. Then, after graduating from university in 2007 he moved back to the states and has been focused on climbing as it applies to alpinism ever since. This has taken him on expeditions from Alaska to Patagonia to Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and all over the lower 48 and Canada where he has established numerous new routes on rock, ice and snow.