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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.
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