Meet our athletes, some of the best skiers and snowboarders in the world. From big mountain skiing to boarder-cross, the athletes below call Alyeska home and we proudly support their efforts.
Elyse grew up skiing at Alyeska Resort, alpine ski racing with the Alyeska Ski Team while finding a passion for big mountain skiing. After moving on from ski racing and graduating from the University of Nevada Reno with a degree in International Studies, she decided to pursue a career in professional skiing.
Kieffer spent his childhood chasing his older brothers on skis down the mountain at Mt. Alyeska. Now it’s Kieffer whom others are trying to catch. In 2010 Kieffer was named to the U.S. Ski Team, and became the first Alaskan to be named to the Alpine Team since 2001. Kieffer learned how to carve his turns as a toddler on the slopes of Alyeska, starting at the Alyeska Ski School at age 2, and skiing in front of his dad in a harness down the face of Mt. Alyeska. He started racing at age 6 with the Alyeska Mighty Mites, and continued through the Alyeska Ski Club Junior race program. He graduated from Burke Mountain Academy in 2010 and currently attends Dartmouth College for one term each year.
Kieffer’s accomplishments on the race course include winning silver and gold medals in both major children’s (under age 15) world championships, representing the U.S. at Junior (under age 20) World Championships four times, including a 9th place finish in 2012, finishing 3rd in the 2013 North American Cup giant slalom standings, scoring the most Europa Cup points out of all American’s not selected for the Sochi Olympics in 2014, along with winning 3 FIS races and being the youngest American male to compete on the World Cup in 2014. During the 13-14 season Kieffer traveled to Oregon, Chile, New Zealand, Colorado, Utah, California, Vermont, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland and Bulgaria to train and compete.
Despite his busy travel schedule that leads him across the globe to ski, Kieffer remains adamant that Alyeska offers the BEST combination of fast groomer's and off-piste skiing in the world! Racing is just part of the picture for Kieffer, skiing the terrain and powder at Alyeska is a necessary part of skiing and life for him. Kieffer always trains with the Alyeska Ski Club when he’s home, and every holiday season he clicks into his race skis and competes in the Alyeska Coca Cola Classics with his fellow Alaskans. Kieffer is also sponsored by Blizzard Skis, Tecnica Boots, POC optics and protection, and Swix poles.
Over the last decade, Alaskan Kikkan Randall has slowly and methodically built a career as the best U.S. women’s cross country skier in history.
Her roots in snowboarding began on the mountains surrounding her home, traveling by snowmobile as far as family would take her and following her brother's lead to the summits. Callan is the first Indigenous Alaskan to represent the United States of America in Olympic competition and the only known indigenous Alaskan to be a part of any U.S National Team.
Callan has involved herself extensively in community service projects and speaks publicly at events and schools year round. She works to promote opportunities and empowerment in the indigenous community and in woman’s athletics.
Callan’s history in the most remote of the Alaskan backcountry and big mountain riding has laid the foundation of her snowboarding. Landing on the podium in freeride events such as The North Face Masters and The World Heli Challenge has propelled her to continuing success in the freeride world as well as boardercross.
Alyeska Resort athlete Jason Scheben was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and grew up skiing and racing at Alyeska Resort. After one year of racing at the collegiate level for Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison/Crested Butte, he decided to focus primarily on big mountain freeskiing and the backcountry. He spent six seasons in Crested Butte, CO and five seasons in Snowbird, UT, eventually making his way back home to Alaska.
His goal for the resort and other sponsors is to market Alyeska and products endorsed by way of photos in major winter publications. He has been published in POWDER, SKIING, BACKCOUNTRY, ALASKA MAGAZINE, COAST, FREEZE, and Alyeska’s marketing sources including signature images in print ads and on the new website. This is Jason’s 5th consecutive sponsorship with Alyeska and his constant evolving marketing has created a successful relationship with the resort and our mission statement. He is currently sponsored by industry leaders 4FRNT Skis and Bindings, Full-Tilt Boots, Oakley Eyewear and Outerwear, Discrete, Dynafit and Alyeska Resort.
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Alyeska Resort athlete Clint Butler is a Girdwood local. He spent five seasons at Snowbird Utah. His home keeps him close to Turnagain Pass and Alyeska, two of the best playgrounds on Earth. His passion is shown in the picture’s featured in Alyeska ad’s among others that can be found in publications in major ski magazines. He is thankful for the support from Alyeska, being treated well by Oakley over the years, and this year by 4FRNT. His drive to be creative and ski the technical lines offered at Alyeska motivates him to be on the mountain most days.
Alyeska Resort athlete, Zach Halverson, grew up skiing Alyeska nearly every winter day. His formal training was as a Mighty Mite skier, Junior team racer, and Freeride team member. Mostly though, his “training” came in the form of freeskiing laps with friends, day after day. He turned that feeling of freedom into competitive success on the Junior Freeskiing Tour (JFT), a series of Big Mountain skiing competitions held throughout North America. In 2011, when Zach was 17, he won the overall tour title. He is also a two-time event winner on the JFT, winning at Stevens Pass, Washington, and Kirkwood, California. When he was 17, Powder Magazine ranked him the 10th best skier in the world under the age of 18.
Zach now shares his joy of skiing through films and photographs in national magazines. He was part of a team that won the prestigious Eye of the Condor film and photo contest in La Parva, Chile (http://vimeo.com/27315938). He also filmed two segments for ESPN, highlighting skiing in southcentral Alaska (http://vimeo.com/38119376 and http://vimeo.com/40367230). In a recent Powder magazine article showcasing Alyeska Resort, Zach had a spectacular, two page photo jumping off Lolo’s at sunset. He still occasionally competes in Big Mountain competitions, in the adult league now. He was 2nd place at the Red Bull “Wrangle the Chute” contest in Kicking Horse, British Columbia, 15th in the Freeskiing World Tour (FWT) event at the Argentine National championships, and 17th at the FWT event at the Chilean National championships. Zach is sponsored by Alyeska Resort, Blizzard skis, Tecnica boots, Smith Optics, Soul Poles, and Purplejumpsuit Apparel.
Hunter Keffalos, 15, has lived in Anchorage his entire life. He is currently a sophomore at South High, and he’s thrilled that Alyeska is his home resort. Hunter’s passion is big mountain freeskiing, and his participation in the sport reached new heights the past few seasons.
Hunter competes on the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association’s (IFSA) North American event circuit. The circuit allows Hunter to ski with other big mountain freeskiers on the most difficult inbounds terrain in the western U.S. and Canada. Hunter ended last season tied-for-2nd in the Pacific Northwest Regional Division and ranked 38th (Top 13%) in all of North America. In 7 competitions, Hunter has been on the podium 3 times.
Hunter has been mentally and physically preparing for this season’s competitions since making his last turns in Alaska’s backcountry in mid-May. The new season begins in January in Utah, and Hunter’s 2014 season goals are:
Hunter is also sponsored by Rossignol, GCI, SkiAK, Glacier City Realty and Flylow Gear.
I'm 13 years old and have lived in Girdwood my whole life. I started skiing just six months after my first birthday. That led to racing at age five through Mighty Mites and I continued until this year where I plan to join the free ride team.
Recently I have been transitioning from racing to big mountain and freestyle skiing, and I think skier cross is the perfect combination of the two. For the past three years I have competed in skier cross and slopestyle through USASA . Two seasons ago my family and I took a trip to Copper Mtn. and I placed 8th in the Skier Cross Nationals. The next year I went back down with a friend, on borrowed skis, and took 1st. I love skier cross because it combines all the best parts of skiing into one race. Speed, excitement, air, and wrecks. My goals for this year are to win the Skier Cross Nationals in Copper again, huck a backflip in a competition, and ski over a hundred days at Alyeska.
Rosie Mancari is a snowboard cross athlete from Anchorage ranked 7th in the nation. She graduated early from South High School in 2011 to train in Colorado with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. She is dedicated to achieving the highest level in her sport, and her goals include making the US team and qualifying for the Olympics. Rosie graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage. She has recently been placed on the U.S. Snowboardercross team which will give her starts at all 9 World Cups this 2015/2016 season.
Lynsey Dyer is a professional extreme skier, filmmaker, artist, and graphic designer from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After winning the National Freeski tour,Lynsey appeared in numerous extreme skiing films and was voted Skier of the Year by both Powder Magazine and Freeskier Magazine. She noticed that women were rarely featured in extreme sports films and decided to produce Pretty Faces, a female action sports film to offer positive role models to young girls. Lynsey is also a photographer and her work has been published in National Geographic Magazine, Outside Magazine, and The Ski Journal. A Graphic Design graduate from Montana State University, her designs can be seen on products by Eddie Bauer, Quiksilver, and GoPro.
Lynsey combined her creative and athletic forces in her non-profit SheJumps.org, which empowers females through mentorship by pairing role models with young girls in outdoor activities. As a professional skier, Lynsey’s career has spanned over a decade. Starring in films from the likes of Teton Gravity Research, Warren Miller, Sherpa’s Cinema and more, Lynsey has skied on 6 continents, won every big mountain competition she’s entered, been awarded Female Skier of the Year by Powder magazine and cemented her place as one of the best big mountain skiers in the world. Turning to TV, Lynsey has hosted a handful of television shows for NBC and ESPN, and appeared on Good Morning America.
I’m 15 years old, a freshman in high school, from the farmlands in Palmer, Alaska. I’ve been skiing Alyeska 70+ days a year since I was a year old. Ever since I was a little ripper I’ve been getting on the first chair or tram to ski Alyeska’s great terrain and pow. I am proud to be representing Icelantic Skis, Discrete Headwear, Perfect Moment French Outwear, and the most versatile mountain I’ve ever skied, Alyeska Resort.
I started competing in freeride skiing competitions when I was 12, at Alyeska’s Chugatch Open where I placed 3rd in the 12-14 year old category. Last winter I went on a huge road trip to compete in Freeride competition throughout Canada, and Wyoming. My top finishes where a 1st at the Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships, a 3rd at the North America Freeride Championships, and a 2nd in the Overall 12-14 IFSA (International Freeskiers Association) rankings. This coming winter I plan on competing in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming.
Other than charging down mountains and hucking off cliffs, I run high school cross country and track. I love running up mountains almost as much as skiing down them. At my house I can be found balancing on slacklines, jumping on my trampoline, or hanging out with my Alpaca Mithral.
Max Durtschi skied Alyeska for the first time in 1996 just after his first birthday between the legs of his parents. Since then he worked his way through the mighty mite and junior race programs until the creation of the Alyeska Freeride Team. Riding with the team he learned what freeride skiing had to offer and was hooked. The Chugatch Open, hosted by Alyeska, was Max’s first big mountain competition. After that he competed off and on until the 2015 season when he won the North American Freeride World Qualifier series and a place on the 2016 Freeride World Tour. Alyeska, simply put, has made me the skier I am today. Its combination of large terrain, deep snow and natural features makes it one of my favorite mountains to ski to this day. I consider myself very lucky to have grown up skiing there and its a dream come true to have Alyeska support my skiing pursuits.
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