V-Team Ambassadors

 

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Aaron Diamond

Location: Jackson, WY


Instagram: @aarondiamond13


Aaron Diamond is an AMGA Certified Splitboard Guide and avalanche educator based in Jackson, Wyoming. He guides year round for Exum Mountain Guides and has guided technical ski and snowboard descents on various Teton summits including the Grand Teton, Middle, Teton, Nez Perce, and Mt Moran. In the summer months Aaron works as an alpine climbing guide on Denali and throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He is alway psyched to share his backyard with experienced and new backcountry travelers

In his free time Aaron enjoys spending time in the splitboarding in the Tetons, or exploring the lesser known areas of the Alaska Range with his friends. He has first descents in the Tetons, Andes, and Alaska Range, including unrepeated splitboard descents of the Ramen Route on Mt Hunter (14,573ft), Mt Foraker’s Sultana Ridge (17,400ft), The Fat Calf Couloir on Pico Polaco (5995m) and the SE Face of the Gilkey Tower (12,320ft).



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Ann Driggers

Location: Carbondale, CO

Skis: V8 176cm


Instagram: @anndriggers


A Jill of all trades and a master at none, Ann is a weekend warrior and backcountry bon vivant who lives to hike, run, ride, paddle but mostly ski in the mountains of western Colorado. 

Ann lives in Carbondale, Colorado, from which she aims to explore as much of the wild and beautiful places of her local geography as possible. She loves to begin her day with a backcountry dawn patrol, watching the sunrise from a local summit and then sliding into work wiping the powder from her grinning face. The weekends are spent skiing deep into the Elk Mountains, where devising new routes and truly connecting with nature, returning with memories, pictures and words with which to inspire others, are what makes her tick. 



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Ben Zavora

Location: Cooke City, MT



Ben Zavora is the owner and lead guide for Beartooth Powder Guides in Cooke City. Ben has been extensively exploring the backcountry of Montana, Idaho and California for the last 23 years and his enthusiasm for Powder skiing and Ski Mountaineering just seems to grow stronger each year. The goal of Ben and his guides at Beartooth Powder Guides in Cooke City, Montana is to “Create a socially significant business that encourages people to get outdoors and appreciate the beauty of the mountains, while sharing our enthusiasm and love for the wild places of Montana." 



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Brett "Kowboy" Kobernik

Location: Salt Lake City, UT


Brett Kobernik has been with the Utah Avalanche Center since the 2004-2005 winter season. More affectionately known "Kowboy," Brett worked as a helicopter skiing guide in Valdez, Alaska during mid 90s, a backcountry ski and snowboard guide for Utah Mountain Adventures and has been a product tester and designer for Voile Equipment for more than 20 years. Brett single-handedly invented the splitboard and still does most of his UAC field work with one but also is well versed on skis, snowmobiles, and snowbikes as well. (Click here for a cool video profile of Brett.) Brett is also responsible for much of the technical "behind the scenes" work on the UAC's website and programing for the American Avalanche Association. 



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Blake Votilla

Location: Wilson, WY


Instagram: @blakeskii


Blake travels around the Rockies and beyond as a full time backcountry skier. He is currently based out of Jackson, WY under the shadow of the Tetons. Although he can be found making his annual trip to the French Alps for a healthy dose of steep skiing and baguettes, Blake still thoroughly enjoys the more remote and less traveled corners of the mountains here at home. When on the road Blake finds inspiration in getting to know the many mountain ranges and the people who call these places home. Lately Blake has taken to the air as a part time speed flying and paragliding pilot, so when not on the slopes look for the Voiles in the sky. 



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Brooke Jackson
Location: Battleground, WA


Brooke Jackson is a writer and photographer based in Seattle, WA, and founder of Wandering Trails Media. Her background specializes in climbing, kayaking, and, of course, skiing! As an instructor for REI, Brooke finds joy in educating others on how best to get outside and get after it in a responsible and sustainable way.



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Bryce Gordon

Location: Bozeman, MT

Skis: V6 178cm


Instagram: @brycesgordon


Bryce grew up in Durango, CO skiing the San Juan Mountains in and around Silverton. Throughout high-school he competed in free ride competitions testing and refining his skiing abilities while continuing to learn the back country terrain in the local area. For the past two seasons he has been attending school and skiing out of Bozeman, MT. He quickly realized Bridger Bowl is the amazing local hill everyone spoke of, but this season looks forward to exploring more of the back country terrain in the surrounding mountain ranges.



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Emily Sullivan

Location: Anchorage, AK


Instagram: @emelex


Emily Sullivan didn’t grow up in the outdoors: a city-kid-turned-adventurer, she has spent the past decade seeking new experiences in the mountains surrounding Missoula, Montana and Denali National Park, Alaska. She is a dedicated film photographer, writer, and conservation advocate. Although it took her until her late twenties to realize it, she is a polar bear at heart and lives for winter. An enthusiastic Randonée racer, she is looking forward to deepening her roots in the backcountry ski community while honing her skills and increasing her speed. Emily's current objectives include ski mountaineering in the Alaska Range, exploring winter landscapes in the Arctic, and protecting Alaska's public lands. She also serves as an Ambassador for The Cairn Project, where she dedicates her time and skills to increasing outdoor opportunities for adolescent girls. 



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Garrett Keith

Location: Bozeman, MT


Instagram: @garrettk161


Garrett grew up in Summit County Colorado, where he first came to love the outdoors and where the mountains became an important part of his identity. As soon as he was able, his parents got him out on the magic carpet and he spent his childhood shredding Breck, A-basin, and Copper. His dad was a ski instructor, and Garrett spent most of his time following him all over the mountain, or skiing with his mom when his dad was working. With a family mission to ski at least one day in every month, Garrett's skiing never stopped (even if it meant skiing washboard glaciers in August). 

Following a few-years-long stretch in Idaho, Garrett's family settled into Bend Oregon when he was 16. He joined the alpine ski team and got into backcountry and ski mountaineering in the Cascades, following the footsteps of his parents who climbed peaks like Rainier and Baker back in the day. 

When looking at college options he knew he wanted to get back to his roots in the Rockies, so he headed to Montana State University where he now studies computer science and Montana’s epic backcountry. This year he's really focusing on pushing further into the backcountry and exploring new areas to feed the adventure in his soul.



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Jen Girardi

Location: Whistler, BC


Instagram: @jenmcgoldrick

Jen grew up in the shadows of the Coast Mountain Range in Vancouver, Canada, and fell in love with exploring in the backyard mountains at an early age. It wasn’t long before she was found herself traveling in the mountains on a splitboard. Now based in Whistler, B.C. Jen can be found discovering new lines or sharing her passion for the mountains as a coach. In the summer months, Jen can be found hanging out in the mountains rock climbing or flying south, chasing snow and adventures in Chile and Argentina.


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John Van Hook

Location: Fayston, VT


Instagram: @jvh_ski


A native of New Jersey, when John was five years old his father taught him to ski on the hill next to the house. By the time he was eight he was introduced to Mad River Glen in Vermont. Since that time his winters have been devoted to skiing, with Vermont always being the home base. 

A long-time patroller at Mad River (widely accepted as the Mecca of telemark skiing in the U.S.A.), John splits his time between telemark and alpine skiing and spends his weekends touring the Vermont backcountry. He also chips in and helps patrol at Cochran’s Ski Area (a tiny nearby hill that has possibly produced more world cup skiers than any other mountain) in Richmond, Vermont and has worked as a backcountry guide. When he’s not skiing, he’s fly fishing. 

Passionate about his family and friends, skiing, fly fishing, and the environment, he is a self-employed geologist/environmental consultant specializing in the remediation of petroleum in soil and groundwater. The self-employed part allows him to plan his work around his skiing and fishing. 



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Justin Lichter

Location: Truckee, CA


Facebook Business Page: Justin Lichter Adventures


Justin Lichter has logged over 40,000 miles of hiking, backpacking, and ski touring. He has hiked unsupported from end to end through the Himalayas, through the Southern Alps of New Zealand, through Iceland and Norway, across the United States seven times, and over 1800 miles through Africa. Along with his expedition partner, he completed the first winter thru-hike/ski of the Pacific Crest Trail (2650 miles from Canada to Mexico). They also completed the Tahoe Rim Trail in the winter. He has written multiple books on hiking, backpacking, and the outdoors.



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Mark LeBlanc

Location: Salt Lake City, UT


Instagram: @markcleblanc


Mark is a Cajun flatlander turned mountain athlete who was born and raised in south Louisiana. The high point on his calendar year after year was his annual trip out west to the mountains of Colorado, Wyoming and of course, Utah. His passion for mountain sports is rivaled only by his love of adventure, travel and photography. His motto is “Always say yes” meaning he rarely turns down an invitation and that frequently puts him in challenging situations where he feels most alive. “If there isn’t some uncertainty in the outcome, it’s not an adventure."

His athletic background goes back to his earliest opportunities as a young child in team sports, but it was his success as a competitive cyclist and endurance athlete that has most influenced his ability to suffer in pursuit of his goals. As soon as his engineering career presented the opportunity, he and his wife moved to Salt Lake City where they could have daily access to mountain life. Mark spends his summers cycling, trail running and rock climbing. His summer activities are largely focused on sharpening skills and building fitness for the winter where ski mountaineering and backcountry skiing take focus. In true form as a professional photographer and film maker, he never leaves home without his camera and he approaches photography as an athletic pursuit. His passion for photography is in capturing the determination of humans in beautiful and challenging environments. 



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Matt Primomo

Location: Leavenworth, WA


Instagram: @mattprimomo


Matt grew up in upstate NY, and soon found that moving west was the only option after tasting a couple of classic 16" storms followed by blue-bird days in the Sierra during a high school trip with friends.

He worked his way up from the bottom, working as a lifty (where he bought his first splitboard, a Voile 159 at a used gear shop in Truckee, CA in 2001), then going to school, then as a ski patroller and some ski guiding, back to school, and eventually got a job mountain guiding in the Northwest. Soon, aspirations to explore bigger mountains of the world with his skis and board were irresistible, and he began working in Chile as an avalanche forecaster for a small gold mine.

Matt grew to not only love Chile while spending 5 full seasons living there, forecasting, teaching, and exploring the ski potential of the Central Andes, but he basically became a Chilean, Jaja! (...I mean haha!). In the process he has logged many first descents in the range with friends from near and far. 

Matt got to know the Voile crew while living in Utah and working with the Utah Department of Transportation as an avalanche forecaster in the Southern Wasatch. Matt has been working with Exum Mountain Guides in the summer since 2015 and is a certified Ski Mountaineering Guide with the AMGA. They say that he was actually the first candidate to pass a Ski Guide Exam using both skis and a splitboard, an attribute to the amount of time he spends on snow. 

These days he is in Leavenworth, Wa working as an avalanche specialist with the Northwest Avalanche Center. He enjoys passing along knowledge he has gained through teaching both professional and recreational avalanche courses. Whether soul surfing powder, steep ski mountaineering, or doing a long glaciated traverse, he often explores new areas in the mountains and is always intrigued by the ever-changing snowpack. 



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Nate Rowland

Location: Aspen, CO


Instagram: @aspenate


Nate grew up in Washington State near iconic Mt. Rainier and learned to ski on the slopes of the state’s volcanoes. Trading a deep coastal snowpack for the light continental crapshoot of Colorado, Nate has called the Elk Mountains near Aspen home for the last couple of decades.

As a year round guide with Aspen Alpine Guides, he spends the snowy months ferreting out high alpine powder, ski mountaineering and linking up backcountry huts between Crested Butte and Vail. Over the years Nate has been fortunate enough to take his skis for walks in many exotic locations from Kyrgyzstan to the Aleutians.


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Nick D'Alessio

Location: Girdwook, AK


Facebook Business Page: Remarkable Adventures


Born and raised in New Hampshire, Nick began climbing and skiing mountains as soon as he could walk. Answering the call of the mountains, he is now an AMGA certified ski guide, Avalanche and Backcountry educator, and Alaskan local. Home is now Girdwood, Alaska. During the summer he leads expeditions in Alaska’s great ranges. In the winter he guides Heliskiing and backcountry ski touring trips. When not guiding, Nick is taking his enthusiasm deeper into the hills on personal trips. His career has become his lifestyle and he wouldn't have it any other way. Nick loves to share his knowledge about safe mountain travel and looks forward to sharing his passion for the mountains with you. 



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Shaun Raskin

Location: Park City, UT


Facebook Business Page: The Life Unbound / Inspired Summit Adventures


Living each moment to it’s fullest has lead Shaun on this wild journey. From NY to Colorado to now Utah, she has spent over a decade chasing her dreams. Shaun’s passion for skiing is what has been the engine behind her actions. First as a big mountain competitive skier, then sponsored pro, to now avalanche educator, guide, and business owner. It is even how she and her husband, Weston D met. Now living in Park City with their two dogs and daughter, Shaun continues to pursue her dreams whether as a big mountain skier, web series co-creator, AIARE avalanche instructor, backcountry and cat ski guide or owner of a wellness guiding company, Inspired Summit Adventures. She began this journey with nothing more than a dream of becoming a professional skier not sure where it would lead, but today finds herself humbly sitting amongst many of her heroes living the dream. 



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Trent Meisenheimer

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Splitboard: Revelator 162cm



Trent Meisenheimer grew up in Salt Lake City Utah, skiing and snowboarding the Wasatch mountains since the age of two. He can be found most winter days pursuing his passion- hiking the backcountry, shredding Utah’s famous powder. He also works for the Utah Avalanche Center where he is continually seeking knowledge for snow and avalanche science. He devotes himself in the winter months to avalanche outreach and education and follows his passion of the mountains. In the summer months you can find him clinging to the side of a rock wall or floating down one of the many scenic rivers in the western U.S. Trent lives in SLC and is a full time Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Utah. 



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Ty Guarino

Location: Bozeman, MT


Instagram: @ty.guarino


Ty is a career Outdoor Educator, Mountain Guide, and Ski Patroller currently working for Montana Alpine Guides, the Colorado Outward Bound School, Bigsky ski resort, and Porters ski field NZ. Originally from southern New Hampshire, Ty developed his passion for Backcountry skiing on the eastern flanks of Mt Washington in New Hampshire’s Presidential range.  Currently Residing in Bozeman Montana, Ty skis as much as possible in and around the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Although Bridger Bowl is his home mountain, Ty likes to explore other skiing venues including Alaska, South America, New Zealand, and New England.



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Weston Deutschlander

Location: Park City, UT


Facebook Business Page: The Life Unbound / Inspired Summit Adventures


Weston is one of the smarter New Yorker's and fled the state as soon as he could. After arriving in Utah, the snow addiction took a firm hold. Once he learned the freedom of a beacon, probe, shovel, skins and a good partner, he started venturing further and further off the beaten path. Today Weston spends his summers and winters guiding all while trying to play as much as possible on the side.