Location: Jackson, WY
In the future, Aaron hopes to explore the lesser traveled peaks of Asia, Antarctica, and areas above the Arctic Circle with his splitboard and is, as one of his friends put it, "on a mission to splitboard in all the best alpine climbing venues". He is currently pursuing IFMGA certification.
When not in the snow Aaron enjoys long, adventurous alpine rock routes with short approaches and JRR Tolkien books. He is in the process of writing a guidebook titled "Aaron's Super Sarcastic Spot-on Book of Directions". Look for it in your local gearshop sometime in the next 20 years.
Location: Carbondale, CO
Skis: V8 176cm
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.
Location: Cooke City, MT
Facebook: Beartooth Powder Guides
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.
Location: Hamilton, MT
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.
Outside of crushing on snow and rock, Brooke aims to share experiences and skills with others who are wanting to become a part of the outdoor world in a smart and sustainable way. She translates her athletic pursuits from sea to summit into her writing and photography which covers topics such as adventure, lifestyle, gear and landscape.
Location: Bozeman, MT
Skis: UltraVector 177cm
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 in to Bend Oregon when he was 16 years old. 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. It's here that he really gets to push his skiing. In bounds and out, the surrounding mountains provide virtually unlimited terrain and new challenges every day. He continues to push his boundaries, chasing that perfect balance between passing classes and shredding Montana cold smoke.
Location: Whistler, BC
John Van Hook
Location: Fayston, VT
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.
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.
Location: Leavenworth, WA
Matt grew up in upstate NY, and knew 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 flying down to Chile to work as an avalanche forecaster for a small gold mine.
Matt grew to not only love Chile, but he basically became a Chilean (Jaja!...I mean haha!) while spending 5 seasons living there, avalanche forecasting, teaching, and exploring the ski potential. From the first year, friends would visit and he had a blast introducing them to the people, the mountains, and the food. In the process he has logged many first descents in the Central Andes 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. Matt began working with Exum Mountain Guides since 2015 and is a certified Ski Mountaineering Guide with the AMGA. They say that he was actually the first candidate to pass the Ski Guide Exam using both skis and a splitboard, an attribute to the amount of time he spends in the hills.
Recently he moved to Leavenworth, Washington where he is guiding, teaching avalanche safety, and working with the Washington State Department of Transportation on the avalanche team. Whether soul surfing powder, or steep ski mountaineering, he continually explores new lines in the mountains and really likes it when a striking or intricate ski route line up with the right conditions to make a descent.
Location: Aspen, CO
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.
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.
Location: Park City, UT
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.
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.
Location: Bozeman, MT
Location: Park City, UT
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.