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The SnowBrains Podcasts interviews the most intelligent people in the snowsports industry and passes their fascinating knowledge onto you, our listeners. With our listeners, we explore skiing, snowboarding, snowsports, avalanches, technology, climate, snow science, medicine, nutrition, fitness, technique, and cutting edge adventure. The SnowBrains Podcast is hosted by professional freeskier, professional mountain guide, UC Berkeley Molecular Cell Biology graduate, and founder and CEO of Snow ...
 
Join your hosts Maxwell & Darrin as they talk with splitboarding and backcountry industry pros, gear manufacturers, and certified mountain guides. No matter how much experience you have in the backcountry, you'll learn everything there is to know along with us to take your tours and shredding to the next level. New episodes drop weekly - subscribe to get notifications when new episodes are Dropping.
 
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Unlike a lot of snow and avalanche professionals, Jerry Roberts spent a fair amount of time hanging out around San Francisco, soaking up the Buddhist-infused literary scene of the '60s. He developed a deep affection for some very old school snow enthusiasts: Basho, Issa, Buson, and other 18th-century Japanese poets. He went on to a lengthy career f…
 
Brett Kobernik is a forecaster for the Utah Avalanche Center centered in the Skyline region of our state. Brett has worked tirelessly for the past 8 years to create protocols, weather forecasting, equipment and relationships that increase the safety and awareness of backcountry users during the winter season. In this episode, Caroline tags along wi…
 
Johnny Collinson - Pro Freeskier, Ski Movie Star, Youngest to Climb The 7 Summits, Fitness Guru Episode #50 Brought to you by Elevenate & Brian Head Resort, UT My guest today is Johnny Collinson: John had climbed all of the 7 summits by the age of 17 making him the youngest to have done so He is a professional freeskier who won the Junior Freeskier…
 
Nina Aragon - Climate Scientist Discusses The State Of The Western US Snowpack Episode #49 Brought to you by Northern California Toyota Dealers & Leki My guest today is Nina Aragon Nina is the team captain of the Protect Our Winters Science Alliance Nina has a masters in science from Portland State University Nina is currently a Ph.D. candidate at …
 
At the end of nearly every episode of the podcast, Drew asks his guests, "To what do you attribute your longevity?" The answer he hears more than any other: Luck. When he got the question as a guest on the show last season, it got Chris Lundy thinking. He ended up making a presentation at the Bend SAW about what luck has to teach us about winter ba…
 
Kelly Pawlak - CEO of the National Ski Areas Association Episode #48 Brought to you by Northern California Toyota Dealers & Vail Mountain My guest today is Kelly Pawlak Kelly has been the CEO of the National Ski Area Association since 2018 Kelly has occupied a variety of executive positions in the ski industry over the past 30-plus years including …
 
Carly Lansche, our statewide Recreation Planner, enlightens us on a sport few people dare to embark on: bike packing. But if riding your bike 160 miles through the desert wasn't enough, Carly and her friends manage to make this multi-day trip a multi-sport one as well! With life lessons about gear quality, competition and the unbiased opinion regar…
 
Dr. Robb Gaffney M.D. - The G in G.N.A.R., Ski Movie Star, Former Pro Freeskier, Activist, Medical Doctor of Psychiatry, Cancer Survivor Episode #47 Brought to you by CARV & Gunnison Crested Butte My guest today is Dr. Robb Gaffney M.D. - The G in G.N.A.R., Ski Movie Star, Former Pro Freeskier, Activist, Medical Doctor of Psychiatry Robb is one of …
 
EPISODE 99 Ruedi Beglinger, a man of the mountains. To be more specific, the Selkirks in British Columbia, Canada where, for the last few decades, he and his family have lived, in fact, his kids grew up on the Durrand Glacier. Ruedi’s story begins in the Swiss Alps where he was born and raised. He first traveled to North America in 1978 and eventua…
 
Jason Curry was appointed as the director for the Division of Outdoor Recreation in early December and I was lucky enough to snag a few minutes with him in his first week on the job. Jason references the Guiding our Growth Survey which you can find at guidingourgrowth.utah.gov/ This is a fantastic opportunity for Utah citizens to give input on how …
 
EPISODE 98 Alex Andrews of WNDR Alpine is a rad dude with experiences ranging from skating bowls and jibbing the streets of Ogden, UT. He eventually started riding and working for Burton as a young ripper. Alex’s “powder panic” and love for the mountains have him aligned with Wonder Alpine as their snowboard marketing and product manager. His passi…
 
Henri Rivers - President of the National Brotherhood of Skiers Episode #46 Brought to you by Vail Mountain: My guest today is Henri Rivers Henri Rivers is the President of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, as well as a native New Yorker and an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast for over 45 years. He is a professional ski instructor, certified mast…
 
EPISODE 97 McKinley grew up on the icy hills of New York, learning to ride in the Catskill Mountains. He made his way west in 2013 and began exploring the snow-filled mountains around Utah, Montana, and Colorado. His love of backcountry riding brought him to the Snow Science program at Montana State University, where he studied the applications of …
 
Mike Douglas - The Godfather of Freeskiing Episode #45 Brought to you by Elevenate & Brian Head Resort, UT My guest today is Mike Douglas - The Godfather of Freeskiing This episode of the SnowBrains Podcast is brought to you by Elevenate: Not ready to compromise on quality, fit, and function? Elevenate ski gear is designed by athletes for athletes …
 
EPISODE 96 2022 Freeride World Tour Junior World Champion, Lila Yeoman. Started snowboarding at the young age of 3, began competing at 11, and splitboarding at 14 Athlete for Jones Snowboards, ambassador for POC Sports, and snowboard instructor at Snowbird Currently working on riding all 90 lines in The Chuting Gallery Some would view Lila as a tee…
 
Zahan Billimoria - IFMGA Mountain Guide, TGR Ski & Snowboard Movie Guide, Samsara Experience CEO, Jackson Hole Local Episode #44 Brought to you by Brian Head Resort & Elevenate My guest today is Zahan Billimoria: Zahan is a fully certified IFMGA mountain guide who has been the guide of the famous TGR movies including guiding Jeremy Jones and crew o…
 
Alex Gavic is a photographer, adventurer and splitboard mountaineer. Discovered his love for photography over 15 years ago while skateboarding around with his friends Skating evolved into snowboarding, and as an athlete, he started finding himself in front of the lens as much as behind it His content drew a huge social media following, bringing man…
 
Stratton (a.k.a. Cascade Connections) dedicates his time in the backcountry to raising awareness of the impact of carbon emissions and the effect of increased traffic in the alpine wilderness along the Pacific coast. Based in Bend, Oregon and calls the Cascades Volcanoes his home range Snowboards without the assistance of any fossil fuel vehicles, …
 
Welcome to Recreation Elevated! While Caroline figures out how to work her microphone on the trails, she introduces us to the podcast, lets us know what we can expect going forward and announces the Campfire Story series with her own tale of modern day explorers on skis. To submit your own Campfire Story, email Caroline at cweiler@utah.gov! In the …
 
Spot Insurance - US Health Insurance Sucks, Medical Bills Are The #1 Cause of Bankruptcy in America, Spot Can Help Episode #43 Brought to you by Peak Skis & Scarpa Boots My guest today is Spot Insurance CEO Matt Randall The health insurance system we have in the USA today is broken and medical bills are the #1 cause of bankruptcy in America. I pers…
 
EPISODE 93 Pro rider Marissa leads by example, is passionate about getting the dawn light, and spends as much time in the mountains as possible. Born and raised in the northern woods of Michigan Moved to Oregon to become a wildland firefighter for the Mt. Hood National Forest She has been splitboarding all over North America, Eastern British Columb…
 
After a long hiatus, we're back! Introducing a familiar voice back to the Dark Starts program - Maxwell J. Morrill. Max brings 3 decades of experience to the show, plus a huge rolodex of friends that he met along the way. In this mini-episode, we chat about where the podcast came from and where it's going. One thing's for sure, we are making the sp…
 
Utah Avalanche Center - Should We Use Avalanche Airbag Backpacks?, How To Stay Out of Avalanches, Updated "Know Before You Go" Episode #42 Brought to you by Alta Ski Area & Gunnison Crested Butte My guest today is the Utah Avalanche Center's Executive Director, Chad Brackelsberg: Chad joined the Utah Avalanche Center as Executive Director in July 2…
 
Kit DesLauriers - The 1st Person to Ski All of the "Seven Summits", National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, 2-Time Freeskiing Champion Episode #41 Brought to you by Gunnison Crested Butte & Alta Ski Area My guest today is Kit DesLauriers: Kit was the very first person to ski from each of the legendary Seven Summits - the highest peaks on every …
 
Where and when does a situation go bad? It's easy to think that an accident is the result of a single bad decision. But as Laura Maguire tells it, to understand an accident, which can be read as a failure of decision making, you really need to examine the systemic influences and the progression of choices that led up to that pivotal moment, because…
 
Connery Lundin - Naked on Cover of Powder Magazine, Freeskiing World Tour Champ, MSP & Warren Miller Ski Movie Star Episode #40 Brought to you by Ikon Pass & Valle Nevado, Chile My guest today is Connery Lundin: Connery is fully naked on the cover the 2nd to last ever Powder Magazine cover He was the overall champion of the Freeskiing World Tour in…
 
Jonny Moseley - Olympic Gold Medalist, Skiing Pioneer, Voice of Warren Miller, TV Personality Episode #39 Brought to you by Valle Nevado, Chile & Ikon Pass My guest today is Jonny Moseley: Jonny Grew up skiing at Squaw Valley/Palisades Tahoe, CA He made the US Ski Team at 18 years old in 1993 Jonny Won the Olympic gold medal in moguls in 1998 with …
 
H.A.P.E. & The Ghost of La Anciana - Mexican Ghost Stories From 18,000 Feet Episode #38 Brought to you by Valle Nevado, Chile This episode is going to be a little different: I'm going to tell you a ghost story. A ghost story from 18,000 feet up. A ghost story I first heard while evacuating a patient off a high volcano in Mexico. This story still gi…
 
Elyse Saugstad - Ski Movie Star, Freeride World Tour Champion, Skier of the Year, 3X Best Line of the Year, In ESPN's Top 50 Women in Action Sports Episode #37 Brought to you by Ikon Pass My guest today is Elyse Saugstad: Elyse won the Freeride World Tour in her 1st year on tour, in 2008 She won the Freeride World Tour's "Best Female Line of the Ye…
 
Scot Schmidt - The Original Freeskier Episode #36 Brought to you by Ikon Pass My guest today is the legendary Scot Schmidt: Scot was the very 1st professional freeskier in North America He created the genre and he did it with style Scot's intro into the ski industry was him dropping a 100' cliff at Squaw Valley Palisades Tahoe, California in the 19…
 
A lifetime ago, back in 1981, Brad Meiklejohn was ski-bumming and working at Alta when he witnessed a full-depth avalanche on High Rustler. It was mesmerizing, and it changed his path in life. He went on to study snow and avalanches on the East Coast, moved back out West and joined what was then known as the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center. His life…
 
Lel Tone - Alaska Heli-Ski Guide for 23-Years, Winner of National Geographics "Ultimate Survival Alaska", Ski Patroller for 28-Years, Avalanche Professional Episode #35 Brought to you by A Golden State & Killington My guest today is Lel Tone: Lel has been an Alaska heli-ski guide for 23-years She won the National Geographic Reality Show "Ultimate S…
 
Episode 91 Guide and Athlete Will Kovacic talks foot powered filming and backcountry safety with Chad & Darrin. For the full show notes visit: https://www.darkstarts.ca/guests Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The A…
 
Julian Carr - 210-Foot World Record Cliff Invert, Pro Freeskier, Discrete Founder, X-Games Gold Medalist, Cirque Series Founder Episode #34 Brought to you by Killington & A Golden State “Fear is very present. Fear’s a great thing, you should definitely listen to it most of the time. But I learned that just because something's scary, doesn't mean yo…
 
Episode 90 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Split Decisions, with Mike Lewis of Zeal Optics. For more information, visit https://www.darkstarts.ca/zeal Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Art…
 
Park City Professional Ski Patrol - Battling Vail Resorts For a Living Wage Episode #33 Brought to you by A Golden State & Killington My guest today is Park City Professional Ski Patrol's business manager Patrick Murphy: Park City Pro Patrol has been battling Vail Resorts for a living wage and more for years They've been through 50 negotiating sess…
 
After five years of hosting the podcast, Drew Hardesty was curious about the mindset of the young guns just now cutting their teeth and testing themselves in very real, very consequential ski mountaineering terrain. Is the old guard wasting their time wagging their tongues and fingers about the dangers of backcountry travel while the youth just rol…
 
Episode 89 Sponsored Athlete Shawna Paoli talks about health, life and lines with Chad & Darrin. For the full show notes visit: https://www.darkstarts.ca/shawna-paoli Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Beh…
 
In the winter of 2002-03, 14 people were killed in a pair of large avalanches in British Columbia. Those horrific tragedies spurred Canada’s national parks agency to find ways to better insure public safety in the winter mountains. That’s where Grant Statham comes in. An accomplished mountain guide and avalanche forecaster, Grant led the developmen…
 
Eddie Taylor - Member of "Full Circle Everest" 1st All-Black Team to Attempt Summit of 29,000' Mt. Everest Episode #32 Brought to you by Grand Targhee Resort & Scott Sports My guest today is Eddie Taylor: Eddie is a member of Full Circle Everest, the 1st all-black team to attempt to summit 29,000' Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth. There have …
 
Episode 88 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Split Decisions, with John Keffler of Phantom Snow Industries. For more information, visit https://www.darkstarts.ca/phantom https://www.phantomsnow.com/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.insta…
 
Episode 85 Surfer, splitboarder & board shaper Chris Christenson chats shapes with Chad & Darrin. For full show notes visit: https://www.darkstarts.ca/guests Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The L…
 
Dr. Russ Costa PhD - Why People Do Dumb Shit in the Mountains!! Episode #31 Brought to you by Grand Targhee Resort My guest today is Dr. Russ Costa: Dr. Russ Costa is a cognitive scientist, skier, and mountaineer who studies why people do dumb shit in the mountains! He's an expert on human attention and performance, he is interested in how distract…
 
Episode 86 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Split Decisions, with Jack Beighle of Backcountry Access. For more information, visit https://www.darkstarts.ca/bca Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black…
 
Episode 85 Splitboard Guide Isaac Laredo from Truckee California educates Chad & Darrin. For full Show notes please visit https://www.darkstarts.ca/guests Show links: https://www.instagram.com/ilaredo/ https://www.instagram.com/alpenglowexpeditions/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners G…
 
Tom Day - Emmy Winning Cinematographer, 38 Years as Warren Miller Director/Filmer/Skier, "Blizzard of Aahhhs" Ski Movie Star, Smoothest Skier on Earth Episode #30 Brought to you by Grand Targhee Resort “[I made my dreams a reality] by following my heart. I can't think of another reason why it happened… Especially with skiing, I knew from a very you…
 
Episode 84 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents ski guide & POW Ambassador Blake Keogh. For full show notes and details on the products visit https://www.darkstarts.ca/blake-keogh Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_f…
 
Doug Fish - The Genius Who Created The Indy Pass, The Fastest Growing Multi-Mountain Pass on Earth with Over 80 Ski Resorts Episode #29 Brought to you by Hakuba Valley Japan & Scott Sports “It’s our goal to increase awareness about how great it is to ski at these smaller resorts. You don’t need a big resort to have a great day, and you don’t need t…
 
It’s been said that culture eats training for breakfast. In other words, you can take all the classes, read all the books, develop a fool-proof checklist and a dialed-in system, but when the snow falls, and when a social animal enters a high-risk environment, all that education and preparation can go right out the window. AMGA/IFMGA mountain guide …
 
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