Lars Chickering-AyersOriginally from Vermont, Lars Chickering-Ayers took second place on the 2011 Freeskiing World Tour overall standings. 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. Check out our interview with Lars.
Check out Powder Magazine's interview with Lars.
Chuck MumfordChuck Mumford grew up in Richmond, Vermont and has been skiing nearly since birth. He ski raced for the University of Colorado before finding his true passion in freeskiing and big-mountain contests. A frequent competitor on the Freeskiing World Tour, he also took first place at the Game of GNAR in Squaw Valley in 2010. He made an appearance in the 2012 Powderwhore Productions film, “Choose Your Adventure.” Chuck now spends most of his time living out of a van or a storage unit and skiing at Snowbird, Utah. Check out Chuck Mumford's blog here.
Drew PetersenColorado 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 newest release from Two Plank Productions, called “Because.” Check out Drew Petersen's blog here.
Rob DickensonComing from upstate New York and now living in Crested Butte, Colorado, Rob Dickinson has a calm and smooth demeanor. From the slopes of Loveland to his new home of Crested Butte, he is always one of the fastest guys on the hill. He’s been competing in big-mountain contests for years with recent top finishes including second place at the Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships in Taos, New Mexico, for the past two years and eighth in the Crested Butte Extremes in 2011.
Silas Chickering-AyersAlthough he was most recently thought of as the little brother to Lars Chickering-Ayers, Silas is now known for taking home the coveted Backcountry.com Sickbird Award at the Freeskiing World Tour Championships at Snowbird as well as 3rd and 5th place at other stops on the tour, all as a rookie on the circuit. He began skiing with heavyhitters like his brother and Dylan Crossman at Mad River Glen when he was 2 years old. After winning a lot of junior comps along the way, Silas is now ready for the adult field. This season found him traveling the country and filming with Meathead Films. Click here to see an interview with Silas.
Paul KimbroughIn 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 films with 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!"
Jake SaksonIn 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.
Eben MondAn 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 5 at Big Mountain Telemark comps, appeared in Tough Guy Productions' films, won the Arapahoe Basin Enduro comp 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).
Rebecca SeligFreeskier Rebecca Selig isn’t afraid to fling herself off big cliffs in the backcountry. The Vail, Colorado, resident has competed on the Freeskiing World Tour for several years, and in 2009, she won the World Freeskiing Championships at Alyeska, Alaska. Rebecca wears the Chemical Pants (a men’s pant that she wears in a size small) and a women’s Masala Jacket. She’s also sponsored by Scarpa, Optic Nerve, Troy's, Icelantic, BCA, Jammypack and The Boot Lab.
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Ashley MaxfieldAshley 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. 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.”
Michele ManningFormer 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.
Claire SmallwoodClaire 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? At the mature age of 24, she’s the executive director at SheJumps and 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.
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