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Aaron Rice loves to ski good snow. So much so that in 2016 he broke the world record for most human-powered skiing in a calendar year; climbing and skiing 2.5 million vertical feet. He grew up skiing New England, alpine racing and making weekend trips up north looking for powder stashes in the glades. At the University of Vermont, he studied Environmental Science and spent most mornings in the mountains skiing into the backcountry. After graduation, he spent the next five winters in Alta, UT skiing as much as possible, culminating in the world record.
Since breaking the record, Aaron moved back to Vermont and works at an environmental consulting firm. His goals now are more focused on finding a balance of activities, work, time spent with important people, and giving back to the communities that matter. He is guiding students at UVM and introducing them to the backcountry. He is involved in the local train organizations and working with POW to promote solutions to climate change that will allow us to continue recreating in the places we love. And, of course, he is still skiing most mornings before work, with over 120 days and 35o,000 feet of climbing this most recent season.
Tommy resides in Estes Park Colorado with his wife Becca, son Fitz and daughter Ingred. He was raised by an adventurous father and mountain guide who taught him to embrace fear and doubt and turn them into inspiration. Given this attitude, Tommy has established some of the hardest routes in the country and free climbed 12 routes on El Capitan in Yosemite.
He believes difficult journeys, with little chance for success, teach him the most. This attitude is no better exemplified than by his first free ascent of the Dawn Wall in January of 2015, and his first ascent of the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia in February of 2014.
“I go into the mountains each day as a way to explore limits and self and to increase my love for the world we live in.”
Conrad Anker is the leader of The North Face climbing team and a legend in the climbing and mountaineering community, where he is renowned for tackling challenging routes throughout the Americas, Himalayas and Antarctica, including multiple first ascents. Conrad lives in Bozeman, Mont., and sits on the board of the Conservation Alliance and the Leadership Institute of Montana State University. Conrad is also vice president of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick or “Paddy” is a cross-country skier from Lyme, New Hampshire. Paddy is a NCAA Champion, 2018 Olympian, and US Ski Team Member. Cross-country skiing is a family tradition for the Caldwells. Paddy grew up running, biking, hiking and skiing with his family around the Granite State and New England. When he’s not skiing you can find Paddy adventuring outdoors or scoping out a new summit to climb.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Foote is a mountain athlete living in Missoula, MT. He spends summers running ultra marathons in short shorts and winters competing in full spandex at ski mountaineering races. Mostly he just likes to move efficiently through big wide open spaces year round. His time spent outdoors has fostered a love for the natural world and a desire to protect it for future generations.
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.
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.
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 living in Boulder, CO. After studying the impacts of climate change on coral reefs in Bermuda and in the Pacific, Clare transitioned to the mountain realms where she races internationally (2016 Leadville 100 winner and 2017 CCC course-record holder), while also advocating for public land protection and climate change mitigation.
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.
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.
Joe Grant is an endurance athlete living in Gold Hill, Colorado. He has been running ultras for over a decade and has a diverse and extensive resume competing in trail and mountain running events around the world in places such as Colorado, the Alps, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Alaska and Japan. He derives his inspiration from exploring wild places under his own power and is passionate about protecting these places for future generations. He is also a writer, photographer and coach and documents his adventures on his website www.alpine-works.com.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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
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.”
The 2018 Winter Olympics cemented Chloe Kim as the female face of both snowboarding and action sports. Winning an Olympic Gold Medal and scoring a 98.25 on her third and final run, Chloe became the youngest woman in history to win an Olympic snowboarding Gold medal.
Prior to the Olympics, Chloe medaled at every event she entered in the 2017-18 season, starting with Gold medals at the New Zealand World Cup, Copper Grand Prix and Dew Tour, where she officially clinched her spot on the 2018 Olympic team. In January 2018, Chloe won Silver Medals at the Mammoth and Snowmass Grand Prix’s and, in the last competition prior to the Olympics, her fourth career Gold medal at the X Games, making her the first athlete to earn four X Games Gold medals before her 18th birthday. She finished the year by defending her title for a third year in a row at the Burton U.S. Open.
Chloe kicked off the 2016-17 season winning Gold medals at the Copper Grand Prix and LAAX Open, pushing her consecutive event win streak to eight. She went on to win Bronze at X Games and the first World Cup Crystal Globe of her career. Chloe finished the season defending her Gold medal at the Burton US Open.
During the 2015-16 season, Chloe won six Gold and two Silver medals. Chloe season highlights included defending her X Games Gold medal, becoming the first X Games athlete to win two Gold medals before the age of 16. Chloe continued to break new ground in women’s snowboarding, becoming the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s and score a perfect 100.
Chloe made history during the 2014-15 season when she became the youngest competitor (at 14 years old) to win a winter X Games Gold medal.
2013-14 was Chloe’s breakout season. The year began with a Bronze medal at the Dew Tour and continued with Chloe grabbing Silver at X Games. She finished the season with another Silver at the Burton US Open – all at the age of 13.
Chloe has had just as much success off of the mountain as she has had on it, being featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2017, TIME’s 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016 and 2017, and espnW’s 2015 IMPACT25 list. In addition, Chloe has been nominated for an ESPY, Kids Choice Sports Award, two Laureus World Sports Awards, and has been on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Kids and ESPN Magazine.
Chloe qualified to make the 2014 Olympic Halfpipe team, but due to her age and IOC rules, was unable to compete, setting up her debut on the Olympics stage in Korea this year. Chloe’s first tracks on a snowboard were at the age of four and she began competing when she was six. Chloe, whose parents emigrated from Korea, now lives in Los Angeles with her family.
I spend most winters snowboarding as much as I can and riding as much powder I can cram in
I’ve been snowboarding since I was 5 years old
When I’m not snowboarding I skate, surf and MTB and basically try to stay outdoors as much as I can
I want to ensure future kids can have the same conditions I had when I was growing up and to leave the world a better place than I left it.
Anton Krupicka is a mountain athlete living in Boulder, CO. He has been competing in mountain ultramarathons around the world for more than a decade and is a two-time Leadville 100 Champion and two-time 50 mile Trail National Champion. In addition to running, Anton is also an avid climber, skier, and cyclist, using these sports to pursue mountain adventures in a light-and-fast, self-powered, often multi-sport style that requires a combination of fitness and technical skill. He believes that getting outside and exploring the natural world—especially those places in your own backyard—is fundamental to being human, and consequently, that it is incumbent upon us to protect those places for future generations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
Luke Nelson has spent his life wandering in the mountains. His father introduced to rock climbing at age 3, and backpacking shortly after. His youth was spent climbing, snowboarding, and kayaking as much as he could manage. He completed a degree in Outdoor Education at Idaho State University which led to work as a river guide in the summer and a ski guide in winter. After a poorly thought out bet he found running, and hanging around the wrong friends led him to running ultra marathon distances in the mountains. For several years he seriously competed in Skimo racing, a career that spanned 8 years, twice representing the USA at the world championships, and included winning a US National Championship in 2012. With an ever present desire for adventure he chose to focus less on the competitive scene and set his sites on adventure. He has since traveled all over the world exploring wild places on foot. Trail running has provided him an intimate connection to the land and strong desire to do what he can to protect and preserve them.
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.
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.
Combining a passion for exploration, mountain adventures and skiing, Hilaree has travelled to some of the most exotic mountain ranges on earth. Her expedition career has led her to many ‘firsts” in the world of ski mountaineering including linking two 8000m peaks in one push, first ski descents in Baffin Island, a first American ascent and ski descent of Papsura peak in India and many more. She is an avid proponent of wild places such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and holds to the philosophy that these places hold huge significance in the well-being of the human psyche. Recently named by Men’s Journal as one of the most adventurous women of the last 25 years as well as National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurer of the Year, Hilaree rounds out her athletic endeavors by sharing her many stories on stages across the country in hopes of inspiring imagination and passion in the people she encounters. Hilaree is also the mother of two wild little boys and finds her sanity in the San Juan mountains near her home in Telluride, CO.
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.
Drew Petersen is a passionate skier, lover of the mountains, and eater of burritos. Originally from Silverthorne, Colorado, Drew now calls the Wasatch Mountains of Utah home. He enjoys all aspects of skiing, from deep powder and multi-day missions in the backcountry, all the way to ripping hard pack right up until last chair. Year-round, the mountains are where Drew is most at home, scoring turns in the winter and running in the summer.
“I’ve spent my whole life in the mountains, and ever since a young age, I have passionately cared about and have been learning about the realities of climate change. More recently, I realized that 20, 30, 50 years from now, when I look back, I want to know that I did something—even if it is just using my voice. We all have a voice, and that’s why I am joining POW, because I believe that POW’s unified efforts are the best chance at rallying the power of our communities and the outdoor industry to create positive change for the future.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota born and raised, Stephanie now resides in Bend, Oregon. Stephanie has a
passion for everything outdoors and a particular love for trail running. She spends
most of her free time on the trails, training and racing. Her primary sponsors are
The North Face, Clif Bar, and NATHAN. Stephanie also holds a PhD in Exercise
Physiology & Nutrition, and works as a sport nutritionist. You can learn more about
Stephanie here: http://stephaniehoweviolett.com/
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.
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.
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.
Brendan Davis is a Boulder, Colorado based photographer and filmmaker. He travels around the world combining his skills of strategic communications with a unique ability to craft meaningful human centered stories of adventure and impact with a special interest in unexpected and unlikely individuals.
Sarah is a self taught artist from Carbondale, Colorado. She uses art as a tool to convey environmental and humanitarian messages. Her primary areas of focus are water conservation, climate change, public land protection, and mental wellness with a unique focus on spreading kindness. She primarily works in partnership with brands and organizations to produce artistic works that amplify cause based messaging – either through visual assets or on-site event activations. Her whimsical style and deep personal connection to nature draws people into her creations on an emotional level.
Sarah has a diverse background, beginning with a professional cycling career that afforded her a world championship title in 2001. After cycling, Sarah worked in the outdoor industry in brand management and event production roles. At the age of 30, Sarah forged her own path as an independent artist. Sarah uses diverse mediums, including illustration, watercolor paintings, live art performances, map making ,writing, and poetry. She draws upon her previous work experience in marketing to customize her works for each client.
Sarah is motivated by her own relationship to nature. She aims to put her passion into action through art and inspire something similar in those who enjoy her work.
Founder and Director, Ear...
Founder and Director, Earth Vision Institute and Extreme Ice Survey
For 35 years, photographer James Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems. He and his Extreme Ice Survey team are featured in the 2012 internationally acclaimed, Emmy award-winning documentary *Chasing Ice* and in the 2009 PBS/NOVA special, *Extreme Ice*. He is the author of *ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers* and seven other books. His photos have been extensively published in major magazines, including *National Geographic*, and exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide.
Cinematographer and Photo...
Cinematographer and Photographer
His nomadic lifestyle is authentic to his “Still Wild” ethos, traveling the world to tell stories of Earth. A commercial and editorial filmmaker of 10 years, now turned photographer, he is led by his love for sharing moments captured within film and photos. Andy believes that the undiscovered locations people find upon their personal journeys are eternal waypoints on a path of progression, each inextricable to life itself. Only in recognizing their relationship to one another can we truly even begin to be part of the bigger picture.
Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere.
Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure, surf, and lifestyle subjects, Burkard is known for images that are punctuated by untamed, energized landscapes and peak moments of adventure. He has accumulated an audience of over one million followers to become a globally recognized social influencer.
Burkard is often central in synthesizing the creative projects he is involved in, across stakeholders. His holistic and visionary perspective has earned him opportunities to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, appear as a TED speaker, develop specialty product lines, teach national and international photography workshops and publish a collection of books, including a children’s book. Along with his team, Burkard is based out of his full-scale production studio and art gallery near his hometown in Central Coast California.
At the age of 30, Burkard has established himself as a global presence and influencer, accomplishing a prolific portfolio, connecting people from around the world and producing some of the most recognized creative work of our time.
Owner and Creative Direct...
Owner and Creative Director of Duct Tape Then Beer
Owner and Creative Director of Duct Tape Then Beer, Fitz started his career as a journalist covering politics and wrote for outdoor magazines on the side. More and more, he realized that they didn’t accept the stories that he loved most — stories about his mono boarding landlord and the crazy characters he came across in the mountains. With these unique stories, he started the 10-year running podcast The Dirtbag Diaries and has applied his story telling to film, VR and messaging campaigns throughout the years. Duct Tape Then Beer has helped POW over the last several years with their PSA and the evolution of their message. Fitz works, climbs, rides and bikes out of the great PNW where he lives with his rad wife and co-business owner, Becca Cahall and their two sons, Tep and Wiley.
First and foremost Jeremy Collins is a storyteller- via art, film, and activism. Secondly he is a consummate adventurer who has pioneered first ascent climbs around the world. He uses his on-location art as international goodwill from the most remote corners of Nepal, Venezuela, China and many points in between. His work has been seen in hundreds of publications including the cover of National Geographic. In 2010 Collins founded the clothing brand Meridian Line and was awarded “Most Inspirational Individual” by the Outdoor Industry Association in 2015. In 2017 he travelled to the Arctic Wildlife National Refuge with The Sierra Club to tell the story of the ongoing struggle to be protect it from oil drilling.
Zaria Forman documents climate change in pastel. She travels to remote regions of the world to collect images and inspiration for her work. She has flown with NASA on several Operation IceBridge missions over Antarctica, Greenland, and Arctic Canada. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and ABC7 Eyewitness News. She’s delivered a TEDTalk and spoken at Amazon, Google, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Her work was part of Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition and she was the artist-in-residence aboard the National Geographic Explorer, in Antarctica. Her works have been featured in the New York Times T Magazine, National Geographic Proof Blog, Huffington Post, and the Smithsonian Magazine, among others. Forman currently works and resides in Brooklyn, NY, and is represented by Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York, NY and Seattle, WA.
Born and raised in the mountains around Bozeman, MT, Ben’s passion for conservation was instilled in him at an early age. He started skiing as soon as he could walk and never looked back. After years of competing on the Freeskiing Tour, Ben directed his attention away from competitions and focused on storytelling by skiing in front of the camera. In 2015, he started working with Vision Hawk Films, a prestigious wildlife film company, in order to leverage his ability to showcase wildlife and the environment positively. Now, Ben is combining his three passions for skiing, environmental and wildlife conservation, and filmmaking to influence policy and preserve our world for future generations.
Aidan Haley is a filmmaker from the Pacific Northwest, now living in Colorado. He has spent the last seven years in Paris, Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Seattle working in the photojournalism, commercial, feature film and adventure film worlds. Working at places like VII Photo, Anonymous Content, Rock Paper Scissors, Cut+Run Editorial and Duct Tape then Beer helped Aidan build a practical foundation of skills and knowledge in a variety of different industries. He now freelances and continues to expand his creative boundaries and skillsets. He is an avid surfer, climber and skier, but loves a good game of hockey. (team sports are fun people…)
Writer, Photographer, and...
Writer, Photographer, and Filmmaker
After living like a feral animal for the first half of my life, I finally settled down, started a family, and tried to figure out how to function in (semi) polite society. It’s a work in progress. I recently abandoned a thriving journalism career that had culminated in senior positions at Esquire and the Daily Beast to re-focus my editorial talents on finding and telling tales that inspire and entertain outside of the regular nonsensical news cycle, while devoting much of my time to helping conservation and environmental groups get their messages across is a way that’s both engaging and educational. I believe great stories rise to the top and will stand the test of time, and that our best hope against the idiocy, greed, and evil looming all around these days is to laugh, live, and thrive in spite of it while ceaselessly fighting back. My stuff has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Atlantic, Monster Children, the Flyfish Journal, and everywhere in between, and I’ve been lucky enough to work closely and develop relationships with like-minded folks including Patagonia, Yeti, KEEN, Wilderness Systems, Specialized, and more. I’m also honored to be an ambassador for 1% for the Planet, and firmly believe you should go right now and sign up for one of their individual memberships, if you haven’t already.
When Tim Jones isn’t playing in the outdoors, he loves helping others tell their story through his SLC-based film production company, Grit Visual. His clients include companies and organizations such as CNN, Clif Bar, and Utah Avalanche Center. Watch his creations at http://www.gritvisual.com.
Educator, Writer, Ski Gui...
Educator, Writer, Ski Guide
Brennan Lagasse has been working on sustainability issues for the past two decades. His most recent multi-year effort focusses on the many intersecting issues surrounding protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Leveraging his diverse skill set, Brennan continues working with the Gwich’in tribe and other Arctic Refuge allies to raise awareness, and get people activated around the implications involved in allowing the last 5% of protected land on the Alaskan North Slope to be lost like the other 95% to fossil fuel development. Brennan has brought college students to the Arctic Refuge to learn from the Gwich’in about the their culture and the Refuge. He has also published words and photographs with several media outlets about the importance of protecting this unique place and looks forward to working with POW on several climate solidarity fronts. In his role as a ski guide Brennan works in the Sierra Nevada, Alaska, and internationally on an annual basis in places like Antarctica, Greenland, and the Himalaya. He has experienced the effects of climate change first hand in these places and continues to advocate for and support the current cultural shift of adventure athletes and the greater global community to understand how climate change affects all, and how to be a part of the solution.
Writer, Filmmaker, and Cr...
Writer, Filmmaker, and Creator of Semi-Rad.com
Brendan Leonard is a Denver-based writer and filmmaker and creator of Semi-Rad.com. His work has appeared in Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Adventure Journal, Climbing, Alpinist, and dozens of other publications. He is the author of six books, and his films have toured internationally with the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Mountainfilm, and the Kendal Mountain Film Festival.
Scott Markewitz is recognized as one of the most accomplished outdoor and action
sports photographers in the industry. His travels and adventures have taken him
around the globe with many of the world’s best athletes, including several POW
alliance members. Scott’s images have appeared in advertising and promotional
campaigns for many consumer and outdoor brands, including Adobe, Tag Heuer, J
Crew, Salomon, Adidas, Puma, Underarmour, Red Bull, Thule, Specialized, Camelbak,
Pearl Izumi, Giro and many others; and on more than 500 US and International
magazine covers. When not on assignment, you’ll find him out skiing, mountain
biking, or trail running, pushing his own limits in some of the sports he loves to
photograph. He lives with his wife Veronique and their son Julien in Salt Lake City,
Utah and Provence, France.
Andrew Miller is an accomplished photographer, adventurer and creative director focusing most of his work in winter climates exploring and chasing storms usually with a snowboard under his feet. From the Andes, Alps, Interior B.C. to the West Fjords of Iceland and high peaks of the Himalayas his award winning images has taken him to remote mountain ranges across the globe while working with a vast range of clients and editorial titles worldwide. Year after year Andrew has been out there creating his work and quickly establishing himself as one of the most well rounded photographers in the snow industry. Depending on winter and snow to make a living he has witnessed first hand the effects of climate change all over world which has sparked an urgent interested to get involved and do his part to help to reduce his impact and advocate for the climate through Protect our Winters.
Director of Brand and Cre...
Director of Brand and Creative Strategy - Duct Tape Then Beer
Anya is the Director of Brand and Creative Strategy at Seattle-based creative firm Duct Tape Then Beer. She works with all sorts of disciplines to gain creative clarity and inspiration on projects ranging from films to political campaigns to ground-up brands. A Canadian living away from the motherland, Anya likes all things 80’s, climbing tacky granite, slashing snow that makes no noise, hand drawn diagrams and baby animals.
Harnessing the power of visual media to tell stories, Jenny is an award winning filmmaker who works to create films that will act as tipping points in conservation campaigns. Jenny thrives on multidisciplinary projects and collaborates with a dedicated community of photojournalists, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, scientists and conservation organizations to try to expand the reach of conservation stories. Jenny’s films have screened at HotDocs, Brooklyn Film Festival, Telluride Mountainfilm, Banff Mountainfilm Festival, DC Environmental Film Festival, Jackson Hole Science & Media Awards, and many more! Jenny is also an artist focused on wildlife working to connect art and conservation.
Writer and Filmmaker
Writer and Filmmaker
Hilary Oliver is a writer, editor and filmmaker based in Denver. She’s written for Outside, Adventure Journal, Climbing, National Geographic Adventure, the American Alpine Journal and many other magazines. She also edits and curates the Verticulture blog for Outdoor Research. She has written, directed and collaborated on award-winning adventure films as well. You can find more about her and her work at hilarymoliver.com.
Photographer and Director
Photographer and Director
Ecologist, Filmmaker and ...
Ecologist, Filmmaker and American Dipper advocate
I’m a Montana based ecologist and filmmaker inspired by the confluence of society and wild landscapes. My passion bloomed from a childhood spent fishing, hunting and exploring the woods, and matured into a career after nearly a decade at U.C. Berkeley while earning my Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in ecology. But it wasn’t until I began working as a field scientist that I truly understood stewardship. It was during these seasons that I lived amongst the ecosystems I studied, and worked alongside folks who had committed their lives to these slices of wilderness and the organisms that punctuate them. I had the opportunity to explore topics ranging from eagle migrations to songbird, bighorn sheep, wild horse, white-tailed deer and salmon conversation projects bound to wild landscapes from the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest to the deserts of the Great Basin. These experiences taught me something simple: all of these places and populations existed because society deemed them too valuable to be ignored, cast aside, exploited or destroyed; stewardship was the key. Intent on bridging the gap between science and storytelling, I’m committed to creative projects that lean on the communicative power of film, journalism and photography to inspire our next generation of stewards. Intrigued by society’s relationship with our rapidly changing natural environments, I draw inspiration from this notion: how can we expect others to care about a species, landscape or watershed if the general public doesn’t even know it exists? Through storytelling, a vehicle exists to expose and illuminate narratives bound to the future of ecosystems that need our voice and will rely on our stewardship as they navigate a future defined by our rapidly changing planet. In the coming year, I will focus much of my efforts around a film that explores the nexus of ranching, wolves and grizzly bears within the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
Ben ‘Sturge’ Sturgulewski
Ben ‘Sturge’ Sturgulewski
Ben ‘Sturge’ Sturgulewski grew up on a rugged and remote island in Alaska’s Aleutian Chain, inspiring a life dedicated to the exploration of the world’s wild side, and the people who call it home. Infused in all aspects of filmmaking as a director, cinematographer, editor, and writer, he’s worked in definitively nasty and awe-inspiring conditions around the globe -bringing a unique cinematic perspective to a wide range of filmmaking mediums, be it documentary, narrative, action sports, or commercial.
These projects have created a portfolio of acclaimed films that have appeared in festivals worldwide, and have taken home dozens of awards for cinematography, editing, creativity, and storytelling – as well as overall grand prizes. In online releases, Sturge has produced a strong library of Vimeo Staff Picks and viral videos with over seven million views. His collaborations with agencies, collectives, production houses, and personal passion projects continue to take him on new and unexpected adventures.
When not on the move, Sturge lives, works, and plays around Anchorage, Alaska.
Meg Haywood Sullivan
Photographer and Environm...
Meg Haywood Sullivan
Photographer and Environmentalist
Meg Haywood Sullivan is a professional photographer & environmentalist who splits her time between shooting campaigns with brands and pushing for environmental stories through editorial features and her social platforms. With a career steadily blossoming, Meg realizes the importance of having a visible platform and partnerships with brands who are stepping outside the box to be a part of the greater good. With one foot in the outdoor industry and another in the realm of the commercial/fashion world Meg’s clients include Patagonia, KEEN, Clif Bar, New York Times and more. She currently is working on various projects exploring mankind’s relationship with the great outdoors.
Mike Thurk is a professional photographer and outdoor enthusiast, with a style steeped in moments of honesty. Using natural light and shadow in his photography whenever possible allows him to enhance the raw beauty of human experiences. Through his images, he tells stories of remarkable individuals and the stunning world in which we live. Thurk cherishes the meaningful relationships he’s built through this storytelling journey and is always on the search for new collaborations and the adventures they will bring.
Based in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Ali’s imagery reflects her passion for telling honest stories that capture her clients’ true spirit
Photographer and Filmmake...
Photographer and Filmmaker
Adventure Photographer, C...
Adventure Photographer, Cinematographer, Director
Krystle Wright is an adventure sports photographer from Queensland, Australia, although she now lives a semi-nomadic lifestyle in her quest to capture and present unique moments from extreme sports, expeditions and adventures across the globe. Whether she’s camping on a frozen fjord for a month in the Arctic with 23 BASE jumpers, paragliding in the Karakoram Range in Pakistan or sleeping on the back of a yacht on the Great Barrier Reef, Krystle strives to pursue fresh challenges, to seek out undiscovered layers and dimensions in her work, and is recognised for her creativity, composition, and an indomitable spirit in the face of adversity. “My biggest fear in life is regret. I follow my curiosity, my instinct, as it tells me to go to the ends of the earth. There’s an insatiable desire in me to explore with a camera in hand to try and capture a fleeting moment that encapsulates the soul of that place.”
Krystle is known for pushing herself to extremes, sometimes beyond what might even be considered sane. Anything to get that elusive, compelling shot. The world has no boundaries and she will do whatever it takes to shoot from her unique perspective – whether hanging from precarious positions on remote cliff edges, swimming through jagged, unexplored canyons, or trudging for days through vicious, baleful weather. It’s about that final experience – capturing a fleeting moment, sharing a treasured insight, telling incredible stories about impassioned endeavors that might otherwise go undocumented. She has battle scars – enough to compete with the most hardened adventurer – to prove it.
She feels incredibly privileged to share her photographs with a wider audience, and her work has appeared in selected esteemed publications such as Sidetracked, National Geographic, Outside, The Times, Red Bulletin, GQ, Huffington Post and clients such as Canon Australia, Canon USA, Outdoor Research, Helinox, Big Agnes, KEEN, Seirus, Evolv.
James ‘Q’ Martin
James ‘Q’ Martin
Storyteller, Photographer and Filmmaker
Flagstaff, Arizona-based photographer and filmmaker James ‘Q’ Martin was born in the Arizona desert and raised in the remote reaches of Alaska. Inquisitive, spirited, and dedicated to regional and international conservation efforts, Q has since traveled extensively throughout the American Southwest and to more than 30 countries, spanning six continents, documenting the stories of world-class athletes, artists, conservationists, filmmakers, and scientists who inspire him. His hope is, by capturing their compassion for special places on film, he will raise awareness for issues facing our communities worldwide, and unite people in taking steps to preserve and protect these places for future generations.
Rooted in Flagstaff, Q Media is a fully-staffed production house created to harness this passion, embodied over the years by many critically acclaimed adventure and conservation films. Learn more about Q here – www.jamesqmartin.com & https://qstories.com
Damon Baz Redd
Founder & Creative Direct...
Damon Baz Redd
Founder & Creative Director at Kind Design
Damon (also known as Baz) is Founder and Creative Director at Kind Design, a lifestyle brand/design firm based in Boulder, Colorado. He grew up in Vermont, skiing moguls throughout the 80s and 90s, then moved out to Colorado after college to be a ski bum. He really fell in love with Colorado, hard and fast. Inspired by ski patrolling all winter and raft guiding all summer, Damon started Kind Design, with the intention to spread kindness toward the earth and others, through clothing and design. On top of his work with POW, he also works closely with other nonprofits like Western Resource Advocates and the High Fives Foundation. He has a beautiful wife, Kristen, and three tiny, perfect children: Madeline (3), Wylie (1), and Wynter (1).
Dr. Jason Box
Dr. Jason Box
Dr. Jason Box is a research scientist and currently lives in Copenhagen. He has made sixteen expeditions to the Greenland ice sheet since 1994 and his time on the inland ice exceeds 1 year. He was awarded a NASA grant to support the installation and maintenance of Greenland EIS cameras. Dr. Box is active in Greenland fieldwork for EIS and is using EIS photos from Greenland to measure glacier speed changes, putting precise numbers on glacier flow sensitivity to climate. As an authority on the relationship between Greenland glaciers and climate, he’s authored or co-authored more than 26 peer-reviewed publications directly related to ice and climate and has led, since 2003, the annual Greenland entries for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and American Meteorological Society’s “State of the Climate” report. He was a contributing author to “Climate Change 2007″, the definitive report on the science of global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Follow Dr. Box’s blog posts on Dark Snow, read his 2015 New Yorker article with Naomi Klein on “Why a climate deal is the best hope for peace,” and his Huffington Post piece titled “Earth’s ice is melting much faster than forecast. Here’s why that’s worrying.”
Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski
Research Assistant Profes...
Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski
Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire
Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski is a Research Assistant Professor in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. Her research focuses on New England winter climate, snowpack properties, and the exchange of water and energy at the land-atmosphere interface. She uses climate models, remote sensing, and ground-based observations to study how changes in snowpack intersect with changes in land cover. Dr. Burakowski partnered with Protect Our Winters and the Natural Resources Defense Council to produce a landmark report, Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States. Liz also coordinates a citizen science snow sampling network whose volunteers have collected snow depth, snow density, and snow albedo measurements for over five years in New Hampshire. She teaches Introduction to Climate and Paleoclimatology at the University of New Hampshire.
Read Dr. Burakowski’s article, “If you like skiing or snowboarding, you should care about climate change,” published in The Guardian.
Dr. Jennifer Francis
Research Professor, Rutge...
Dr. Jennifer Francis
Research Professor, Rutgers University
Dr. Jennifer Francis is a research professor with the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, studying Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages, with roughly 40 peer-reviewed publications on these topics.
She has been at Rutgers since 1994, where she has taught courses in satellite remote sensing and climate-change issues and co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative. During the 13 months from July 2009-July 2010, her family of four spent a year sailing through Central America. She and her husband circumnavigated the world in a sailboat from 1980-1985, including Cape Horn and the Arctic, which is when she first became interested in Arctic weather and climate. Francis earned a B.S. in meteorology from San Jose State University and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington.
Dr. G. Greenwood
Executive Director of MRI
Dr. G. Greenwood
Executive Director of MRI
Dr. Gregory B. Greenwood, a natural resources specialist trained in agricultural ecology, population ecology, and ruminant nutrition, is Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) in Berne, Switzerland. His mandate is to develop a strategy to increase and focus global change research in mountain regions throughout the world as part of IHDP and IGBP programs, and as a policy objective of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Greg Greenwood was previously Bioenergy and Climate Science Advisor for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resources/Science Advisor for the California Resources Agency, Sacramento. He has extensive experience with and publications on land use development and ecology, including global change in mountains. MRD Assistant Editor Susanne Wymann von Dach interviewed Greg Greenwood in August 2005.
Dr. Anne Nolin
Oregon State University
Dr. Anne Nolin
Oregon State University
Dr. Anne Nolin is a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University where she heads the Mountain Hydroclimatology Research Group. Her research interests focus on snow and ice in the climate system, particularly with regard to water resources. She has published articles on “at risk” snow in the Pacific Northwest, glacier melt contributions to rivers from Oregon to the Andes, and new ways of mapping snow and glaciers from space. She received her Ph.D. degree in Geography from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1993 and from 1993-2002 she worked as a research scientist at the University of Colorado, spending several field seasons on the Greenland ice sheet. She is a member of the NASA Science Team for the MISR and teaches courses in snow hydrology, climatology, and satellite remote sensing.
Learn more about Dr. Nolin’s 2017 trip to the remote Wrangell Range in Alaska to study the iconic Dall sheep. Read POW’s blog post, “Sheep, Locals, and Wet Snow” here.
Dr. Thomas Painter
Research Scientist, Hydro...
Dr. Thomas Painter
Research Scientist, Hydrology
Dr. Thomas H. Painter is a Research Scientist of Hydrology, and serves as a Principal Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology and a Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the Principal Investigator of the JPL Airborne Snow Observatory, an integrated imaging spectrometer and LiDAR system to give the first-ever comprehensive, near real-time maps of snow water equivalent and snow reflectivity in mountain basins. His areas of interest are snow hydrology, radiative impacts of light-absorbing impurities on snow and glacier melt, water resources from mountain snow and ice, multispectral remote sensing and imaging spectroscopy. Dr. Painter has pioneered our understanding of the impacts of dust emission from land use change and black carbon from industrialization on snow and ice cover in mountain systems and the hydrologic response. He has also developed cutting edge remote sensing and field models for snow properties from spaceborne and airborne multispectral to imaging spectrometer sensors. He received a PhD and MA in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University. He is President of the Cryosphere Sciences Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union.
Dr. Tad Pfeffer
Glaciologist, CU Boulder
Dr. Tad Pfeffer
Glaciologist, CU Boulder
Dr. Tad Pfeffer is a glaciologist, geophysicist, and photographer at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a Fellow of the University’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. Pfeffer’s research is focused on glacier mechanics and dynamics, and particularly on dynamics of ocean—ending glaciers and glacier contributions to sea level. He has done field research for more than 30 years in glacier regions from Alaska to Antarctica to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Pfeffer also leads the long-term study of Columbia Glacier on Alaska’s South Central Coast, one the world’s most extensively studied and most rapidly changing glaciers. He has served as an advisor to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP), and is a Lead Author for Chapter 13 (Sea Level Change) in the IPCC Fifth Assessment/Working Group I. He also operates WT Pfeffer Geophysical Consultants, LLC, providing consulting modeling, analysis, and assessments on sea level rise and glacier-related hazards.
In addition to his scientific work, Pfeffer’s photography has appeared in many publications in the US and Europe. He is the author of The Opening of a New Landscape: Columbia Glacier at Mid-Retreat, published by the American Geophysical Union in 2007. His most recent book is The Hand of the Small Town Builder, published in March 2014, by David R. Godine.
Dr. David Robinson
Professor, Rutgers Univer...
Dr. David Robinson
Professor, Rutgers University
Dr. David A. Robinson is a professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University and since 1991 has served as New Jersey’s State Climatologist. A NJ native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and a doctorate in earth sciences at Columbia University prior to arriving at Rutgers. Dave’s research interests are in applied climate, especially related to New Jersey, and in climate dynamics and change, particularly focused on global snow cover. He is a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to the National Climate Assessment, and sits on the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. Dr. Robinson is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, has been named a NOAA Environmental Hero, and is past president of the American Association of State Climatologists. He recently received the Rutgers Presidential Public Service award.
Read The Washington Post’s 2013 interview with Dr. Robinson, “Ask a state climatologist.”
Dr. Kevin Trenberth
Senior Scientist, NCAR
Dr. Kevin Trenberth
Senior Scientist, NCAR
Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth is a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. From New Zealand, he obtained his Sc. D. in meteorology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been prominent in most of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessments of Climate Change and has also extensively served the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) in numerous ways. He chaired the WCRP Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) project from 2010-2013. He has also served on many U.S. national committees. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He has published over 520 scientific articles or papers, including 234 refereed journal articles, and has given many invited scientific talks as well as appearing in a number of television, radio programs and newspaper articles. In 2017, he was the recipient of the AGU Roger Revelle Medal for outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences.
Read Dr. Trenberth’s blog post on Trump’s March 2017 executive order on climate. Watch the Denver Channel’s 2017 interview with Dr. Trenberth on “How will climate change affect Colorado?,” the 2017 Vail Symposium that discusses science, politics, and climate change with Dr. Trenberth as a panelist, and his 2015 lecture “What’s going on with El Nino?”
Dr. James White
Director of INSTAAR
Dr. James White
Director of INSTAAR
Dr. Jim White is the Director of the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and a Professor in both the Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the founding Director of Environmental Studies Department at CU, which now has about 1,000 majors per year. He is actively engaged in exploring new paradigms of interdisciplinary education, and has worked steadily to break down barriers between the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, journalism, arts and business to better educate and train students and conduct research in the area of sustainability and environmental change. His two main research areas are paleo- environmental reconstructions from ice cores and past and modern controls on the carbon cycle. He worked with Danish colleagues to first document the astonishing speed and magnitude of abrupt climate changes as seen in the Greenland ice cores.
He is an author on over 150 peer-reviewed publications, including more than thirty in the high-profile journals Science and Nature. He is a member of ISI Highly Cited, a group of the most highly cited authors that comprises less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers in the geosciences.
He has served on a number of national and international committees including the Chairmanship of the Polar Research Board of the US National Academy of Science, two US National Academy studies (chair of one on abrupt climate change), and co-leader of large multi-national research programs, most recently the North-Eem deep ice core in northern Greenland.
Watch Dr. White discuss “The Future of Skiing and the Science Behind the Snow” on a panel hosted in April 2017 at Arapahoe Basin and watch his interview with POW Riders Alliance member Jake Black at Dr. White’s offices at INSTAAR about science and politics in March 2017.