Fred Syversen

Fred Syversen

Fred is Norwegian native and is now based in Chamonix during high winter. In summer you will meet him at the Folven camp ground in Hjelledalen which is located very close to the Stryn summerski resort. He has become known internationally as the '107 m cliff drop dude', Fred holds the world record for the biggest ever ski drop whilst filming with Thierry Donard in 2009 which has made him something of a YouTube sensation. Fred accidentally took the wrong line and dropped a 107m (351 feet) cliff. This is the most anyone has ever jumped.

Check out his incredible ride.

 

Bine Žalohar

Bine Žalohar

Bine started skiing in 2005 for the first time ever. He started to show up at national ski cross competitions and even won some of them. Around this time he was stoked by guys doing tricks on skis, so he bought some videos and learned to jump. In 2007 he won his first national championship and six more titles in years after. Despite all the success he had with competitions, Bine became more and more interested with backcountry skiing, so in 2009 he started the "Untouched" project with some friends. Today his focus is now mainly on backcountry skiing but he still wants to represent his national scene by competing in slopestyle and big air contests. Bine loves free skiing and every aspect of it.

 

Sébastien Varlet

Sébastien Varlet

Sebastien started skiing at the age of 5 in a small ski resort in France near Geneva's lake. His passion for skiing only grew from there, he was training as a ski racer until he was 17. After he stopped, he focused on pleasure and freedom, since 3 years he is skiing all year long, winter in Europe, summer in New Zealand. He loves his "chasing snow" life. He is competing on the FWQ and making video with "Ubac Images" ski production.

TNF Freeski Open NZ FWQ 3*** 2015 Wining run
First track Chandolin FWQ 3*** 2015 wining run day 2

 

Stefano Sciuto

Stefano Sciuto

Stefano is an Italian ski teacher and freeride coach. His love for alpinism and touring was found on the vulcano Etna where he started skiing in the age of 3. Meanwhile his main passion is to transfer this love for the mountains to other people. For that he´s organizing a bunch of freestyle and freeride camps in locations all around Italy. There´s also a good chance to spot him in some relevant ski magazines, photographed by his friend Martin Söderqvist.

 

Fred Buttard

Fred Buttard

Born and raised in the french Alps and now living in Sweden, he's an UIAGM mountain guide with a heart beating for the famous and huge peaks of his native Maurienne valley and the secret mountains of northern Scandinavia. With his company "UP Ski and Mountain Guides" he is guiding his groups on alpine or tele skis, from the nearest off piste to the most remote backcountry. Fred is aware of the fact that he is really lucky to have the best job in the world: sharing his knowledge and passion of mountain skiing and snow, and his love for the great outdoors.

Check out his website.

 

Matilda Croy

Matilda Croy

Matilda skied since birth, and in early age her family traveled from Sweden to Austria where she got caught by amazing Alps at once. Now everything she does is to ensure a winter filled with skiing. Last season she competed at a few FWQ-competitions, which is the plan for next winters as well. But skiing is so much more for her than good results in competitions. According to her there's nothing in this world that beats the adrenaline after a drop in to fluffy powder snow, the laughs and joy among friends who shares the same passion. Matilda´s dream is to keep doing this her whole life.

 

David Kling Odencrants

David Kling Odencrants

David is a Swedish skier, growing up with typical Swedish hardcore conditions. Spending his whole youth on skis, he entered his first competition in 2005, the Swedish Extreme Skiing Championships, ended up 4th place. With several years as ski instructor he started running his own skischool, The Allmountain Academy, in Zillertal/Austria. Since he´s well known for his aggressive style, big cliff drops and innovative lines, he has the opportunity to ride with great photographers, gaining lots of exposure in ski magazines around the world.

 

Martin Winge Austeen

Martin Winge Austeen

Martin moved of the park into the backcountry at the age of 16 when he felt this is going to be his favorite part of skiing. Norwegian native, living now in Trondheim, his backyard offers a lot of big lines and cliffs, which he likes to take as a playground, riding a freestyle inspired style. In 2012 he started  Bluebird Productions, a media company, documenting the heart and soul of action sports in Norway and around the globe. One of his preferred spots is Stryn where skiing is possible 10 month a year.

 

 




Lars Chickering-Ayers

Lars Chickering-Ayers

Originally from Vermont, Lars Chickering-Ayers won the Kirkwood stop of the 2013 Freeride World Tour. He took second place overall on the 2011 Freeskiing World Tour. He grew up skiing at Mad River Glen, then moved to Alta, Utah, in 2006 and since then, as part of a group called Green Mountain Freeride, he’s bounced between Jackson Hole and Utah skiing and doing big-mountain competitions around North America. He currently calls Driggs, Idaho, home, where he’s starting up his own binding company called Cast.

Links: Green Mountain Freeride, Cast Touring.

 

 
Sander Hadley

Sander Hadley

If you don’t know Sander Hadley’s  name yet, you will soon. He’s one of the rising stars in freeskiing with a breakout performance in MSP Films’ 2014 movie, “Days of My Youth.” He first got noticed through inbounds GoPro edits, and he’s also appeared in Sweetgrass Productions’ “Valhalla,” and MSP’s “The Way I See It.” He grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, and now calls Salt Lake City, Utah, home, where he skis mainly at Alta and Snowbird. He focuses on producing relatable content that inspires people to go skiing. Here  yo can see him shredding together with Tanner Hall. Sander is currently finishing a degree in strategic communication with a business minor from the University of Utah.

 

 

Amie Engerbretson

Born in Tahoe and raised on the slopes of Squaw Valley, Amie Engerbretson has been skiing for the camera (and for fun!) since she was a kid. She’s been featured in motion and print advertising campaigns and published in international media outlets. She has a bachelor’s degree in Media Management from Columbia College in Chicago and she’s done sports modeling for various outdoor companies. She is sponsored by Flylow, K2 Skis, Smith Optics, Marker Bindings, Discrete Headwear, Squaw Valley and True Collections.

Links: Amie’s site.

Martha Burley

Martha Burley never set out to be a pro skier. She just loves adventures of all kinds. She grew up in Australia, but she lives in Fernie, BC, because that’s where the snow is. She’s a telemark skier, a backcountry skier, and she has won a bunch big mountain competitions (some tele but also against alpine skiers). She recently began competing in ski touring races in Europe, Canada and elsewhere. Martha is also sponsored by Faction Skis, Intuition Liners, Scarpa, Fernie and Smith Optics.

Claire Smallwood

Claire Smallwood makes a mean green chili enchilada, speaks four languages, and she started a 501c3 nonprofit (without attorney help) at age 22. There’s something new that friends discover every day—like she plays a number of stringed instruments. Who is this girl? She’s the executive director and a co-founder of the nonprofit SheJumps and she will take over Utah and possibly the world with her enthusiasm and good will. Oh, and she is a pro skier that calls the Wasatch home.

Links: Claire’s blog, She Jumps.

Michele Manning

Former Alaskan mountain guide and former Alta ski patroller Michele Manning skis almost every day of the winter. Since 2005, she’s been throwing down at big-mountain competitions on the Freeskiing World Tour all over North America. In 2009, she won the Extreme Freeskiing Championships at Crested Butte, Colorado, and in 2010, she placed fourth in the Canadian Freeskiing Championships at Revelstoke, BC. Michele is also sponsored by Black Diamond, Giro, and Scott.

Links: Michele’s blog.

Ashley Maxfield

Ashley Maxfield was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where she was on skis by age 2, trying to keep up with her older sisters. She ski raced into college and entered her first big-mountain competition when she was 25. Her first two years on the Freeskiing World Tour, she finished third overall both years. In 2013, she was ranked fourth overall for the women. Now, she splits time between Vermont and Alta, Utah. “I always have the gas pedal floored and that how I love to live my life,” Ashley says. “I try to live my life to the fullest each and every day.”

Links: Ashley’s blog, Ashley’s FWT bio.

Rebecca Selig

Freeskier Rebecca Selig isn’t afraid to fling herself off big cliffs in the backcountry. The Vail, Colorado, resident and Michigan native has competed on the Freeskiing and Freeride World Tours for several years, and in 2009, she won the World Freeskiing Championships at Alyeska, Alaska. She was born and raised Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she was one of the few people in her community that had any interest in skiing. She’s also sponsored by Scarpa, Optic Nerve, Troy’s, Icelantic, BCA, Jammypack and The Boot Lab.

Links:Rebecca’s blog

Eben Mond

An ex ski racer from Dubuque, Iowa, Eben Mond’s better known now as the guy who throws back flips at Colorado’s Loveland Mountain. After spending five years on the US Central Development Ski Team, Eben moved west and started competing in big-mountain competitions. Since then, he’s usually in the top five at big Mountain telemark comps, appeared in Tough Guy Productions’ films, won the Arapahoe Basin Enduro competition and had multiple photos published in major ski publications. Eben is the head product tester at Flylow (he’s often called “Bam Bam” in our office, as he has the ability to destroy everything he tries).

 

Jake Sakson

In 2012, Jake Sakson became the first telemark skier to land on the podium on the Freeride World Tour, when he placed third at the Kirkwood, California, stop of the elite big-mountain contest. The Colorado native has dominated countless telemark big-mountain contests over the last few years and he a regular star of Powderwhore Productions films. Little known fact: Jake was also a child actor. In 2013, he and fellow skier Paul Kimbrough formed Beans and Rice Freeride, a production company and big-mountain camp.

Links: Jake’s blog, Beans and Rice Freeride.

Paul Kimbrough

In 2010, Paul Kimbrough not only won the Telemark Freeskiing World Championships at Alyeska, Alaska, he also placed second in the alpine division of Alyeska’s comp (he competed on tele gear and hiked twice as far as other competitors). The Utah native, who now lives in Driggs, Idaho, has a degree in environmental education. He’s appeared in multiple Powderwhore Productions and he’s also sponsored by Twenty-Two Designs, Moment Skis, Climbing Skins Direct and Scarpa. His quote of the day: “I’m the best skier on the mountain!”

Links: Beans and Rice Freeride.

Eric Balken

With bachelor’s degrees in environmental studies and geography from the University of Utah, Eric Balken is a Salt Lake City native who skis every day at his home resorts Brighton and Alta. He’s made a name for himself in recent years by appearing in numerous ski magazines, including the cover of Backcountry Magazine’s 2012 Gear Guide. When not skiing, he works for a local non-profit, Glen Canyon Institute, and spends as much time as he can outside. He is also sponsored by Surface Skis, Smith Optics, Snogression, Alta, Brighton, and Alpine Haus.

Links: Eric’s blog

Silas Chickering-Ayers

Little brother to Lars Chickering-Ayers, Silas is known for being a promising young gun on the elite Freeride World Tour. In 2013, he won the Freeride World Tour stop in Fieberbrunn, Austria, and was ranked 10th overall on the tour. He began skiing with heavyhitters like his brother and Dylan Crossman at Mad River Glen when he was 2 years old. He’s filmed with Meathead Films and he’s a founding member of Green Mountain Freeride.

Links:Green Mountain Freeride.

Drew Petersen

Colorado native Drew Petersen has been making a name for himself as a young gun to watch. In 2012, he was featured in Powder Magazine’s “The Draft: The Top 20 Skiers 18 and Under.” Now 18, he’s been a consistent figure on the podium on the Junior Freeskiing Tour, including at win at the Taos, New Mexico, stop in 2012. You can see him on the big screen in the latest release from Two Plank Productions, called “Because,” and in web edits from Utah’s Dubsatch Collective.

Links: Drew’s blog.

Jeremy Benson

Jeremy Benson is big mountain and backcountry skier and writer who lives in Tahoe City, California. Images of him skiing—as well as his writing—has appeared in countless ski magazines, including Skiing, Mountain, and Tahoe Quarterly. He’s currently at work on a guidebook to backcountry skiing in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. He’s a longtime ski tester for Skiing Magazine and he’s sponsored by Volkl, Marker, Pret Helmets, Dalbello Boots, Alpine Meadows, Hestra Gloves and more.

John Wells

When John Wells came out West, he didn’t look back. He set up his base near Mt. Baker, Washington, the snowiest resort on Earth. A bonified all-country slayer, John likes his skis fat, his cliffs big, the snow deep, and visibility optional. Known for his POV edits on Tetongravity.com John has earned his own channel on TGR.com and produces, edits, and skis all around the West searching for the goods, from Jackson Hole to Mt. Baker, Kicking Horse, Whistler, Pemberton and Revelstoke. “I’m out there longer in the styliest, highest breathability and best functioning gear on the planet,” John says.

Links: More on John.

Dylan Hood

Dylan Hood grew up skiing in Massachusetts. While attending Gould Academy, he began competeing in halfpipe and big air competitions. He moved West to attend Montana State University, where he found bigger mountains and deep powder. From the park to powder, Dylan has evolved his jumping past into the mountains, looking for smooth natural lines and airs. In 2003, Dylan linked up with Teton Gravity Research and has been traveling the world filming video segments with TGR for the last nine years. He now calls Portland, Oregon, home, where he enjoys music, surfing, snowboarding, skating and hanging with friends.