Find out about our sponsored athletes, who they are, and why they ski or ride for us. We only sponsor the truly talented and look for special people that make a difference in both the community and in their aspect of competition. We also look for role models and people who give back to the community while they pursue their goals and dreams.

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Name: Dane Tudor

Hometown:: Palmer, AK and Rossland, BC

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain.

Occupation: Professional Skier and Athlete

Background Information: Dane began skiing at Red Mountain Resort at the ripe age of 3 years old, he skied in the Nancy Greene ski academy before graduating to the Red Mountain Racers ski team. Dane was a standout performer, with numerous podium finishes through the K1 and K2 divisions, winning the overall K2 provincial title to round out his racing career.

Dane was constantly drawn to Red Mountains steep trees, pillows and cliffs that proved the perfect training ground for Dane as he progressed his free ride skills.

In 2007 Dane moved towards a professional career in film skiing, he forged a working realtionship with Theory-3 Media, giving him his first ski segment in “The Journal” during 07/08. In 2009 Theory-3 merged with Poor Boyz Productions, a big name player in the history of ski films and Dane’s favorite production company. The merge gave Dane his breakthrough performance, showcasing his backcountry jump and big mountain prowess with the opening segment in “Every Day Is A Saturday”, exploding him onto the freeski scene. Dane’s hard work payed off and earned him nomintations for Best Male Performance at The Powder Awards and the International Freeski Film Festival, he went on to take home Best Male Performance at the International Freeski Film Festival and Breakthrough Performance at The Powder Awards.

Riding on the high of the 2009 season, Dane poured his heart and soul into film skiing, producing numerous award winning segments with Poor Boyz Productions through 2012.

In 2013 Dane sustained a season ending injury, dislocating his hip in the Revelstoke backcountry suffering a traumatic 6 hr helicopter rescue.
Dane is not one to sit back and let life pass by, he picked up the pieces and was quickly on the mend doing physio and gaining strength. Recovering like a true professional.

Dane returned to the film arena in 2014 with Teton Gravity Research, producing a feature segment in TGR’s movie “Almost Ablaze”.
Also in 2014 Dane produced a film segment for his entry in the X-Games Real Ski Backcountry video competition, his determination paid off, landing the worlds first backcountry switch triple cork 1260. Dane was awarded his first X-Games silver medal and achieved his dream of competing in X-Games.

2015 saw Dane transform as he tuned his focus to big mountain skiing, showcasing his skills in Haines Alaska with Stellar Media and in the Neacola mountain range at TGR’s Fantasy Camp.

2016 was a completely new aspect of skiing for Dane as he joined forces with Ian Macintosh and Griffin Post in the Tordrillo mountain range to camp and climb Alaska’s steepest razor back spine walls for Teton Gravitys movie “Tight Loose”. The team spent 16 days camped on the glacier, weathering heavy snowfall and cold nights. When a high pressure rolled in the crew began there 3am morning ritual, climbing 2 hrs up steep fluted spines under starry moonlight skies, enjoying spectacular sunrises while forging ahead to the summit for the reward of skiing the greatest lines of the year.
Camping, climbing and skiing aligns with Danes active adventure lifestyle and is an area he’s excited to pursue.

Beyond skiing Dane leads a healthy life, spending his off season mountain biking, crossfit training, practicing yoga and learning about nutrition to optimize his fitness for longevity in life.

Sponsors: Salomon, Scott, Red Mountain Resort, Skull Candy, Mons Royal, Discrete Headwear

Films: Theory-3, the Journal, 2008 PBP Everyday Is A Saturday, a2009. PBP Revolver, 2010. PBP The Grand Bizarre, 2011.

Greatest Skiing accomplishments:

2011:
IF3 Awards: Nominated Best Male Pro; 3rd Red Bull Cold Rush

2010:

ESPN: Best Male Performance in a leading role; IF3 Awards: Nominated Best Male Pro; Powder Awards: Nominated Best Male Pro

2009:
IF3 awards: Best Male Pro; Powder Awards: Breakout Performer; Powder Awards: Nominated Best Male Pro

2008:

1st Freeskiing Open Championships, Red Mountain Resort; 4th Red Bull Cold Rush Invitational, Red Mountain Resort; 3rd Subaru US Extreme Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte

2007:
2nd JR Canadian Freeskiing Championship, Red Mountain Resort; 1st JR Big Mountain Freeskiing Series, Lake Louise; 1st JR Big Mountain Freeskiing Series, Fernie;

2003-2005:

1st US JR Extreme Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte. (3 times)

Website: www.danetudor.com

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Name: Mike Hopkins

Hometown:: Rossland, B.C. / Canmore, Alberta

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain Resort

Occupation: Freeskier

Background Information:
My name is Mike Hopkins and I am a professional Freeskier and Moutain biker. I reside in a little place called Rossland, British Columbia, which is hidden in the midst of the Kootenay mountain range. I have called Rossland home for the last 15 years and still to this day (even after traveling the world) have yet to find a community that better suits the needs of a freeride athlete.

Rossland has a population of about four thousand, so as you can imagine you have to find things to entertain yourself with. For me it was plain and simple, skiing in the winter and biking in the summer. I spent the majority of my time with my brother ski racing and competing on the BC Cup Series. When I finished high school, I headed to University where I spent more time on the ski hill than in the lecture hall. I pulled the plug on school in my second year to compete on the freeski circuit. From that point until now everything has been a blur.

I now spend my year filming, shooting, and competing throughout both the bike and ski season. I get to work with great companies and travel the world doing what I love, so naturally I am a pretty happy guy.

Sponsors: Scott, Rossignol, Dakine, Giro, Red Mountain Resort

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Name: Simon Hillis

Hometown:: Rossland, B.C.

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain Resort, of course! Shred the POW!

Age: 8

Born: Bali, Indonesia, April 24, 2002

Background Information:
Great things come in small packages. Born in Bali Indonesia, Simon moved to Rossland with his family at the age of three and by the end of his first season on skis, the pint-sized Simon had savvy locals talking about his picture-perfect technique and his relentless hunger to be on his skis all day every day.

Simon spent the next three years dragging his dad around the mountain while also competing in the Nancy Greene Ski League, but steep trees and big air have always been his passion.

During the 09/10 ski season – at the ripe old age of seven – Simon was finally old enough to enter the Junior freeskiing ranks. He became Red Mountain’s youngest ever sponsored team athlete and made a powerful first impression on the Junior Freeskiing circuit, competing against kids four years older. In his debut season, Simon finished third at the Canadian Junior Championships at Red Mountain, third at Fernie’s Freeski Comp, and then topped off his year by winning Red Mountain’s Freeriders Open.

This summer, Simon finally grew enough to graduate from his one buckle toddler’s boots to a proper child’s ski boot, so now the sky’s the limit. To see Simon’s form for yourself, check out the cover of the November issue of SKI Magazine.

Dreams: 
To go heli and cal skiing as soon as possible, to get on the cover of Powder Magazine and to ski like Dane Tudor

Skis: 
K2 Bad Seeds 129cm, K2 Bad Apples 139cm

Sponsors: 
K2, Helly Hansen, Oakley, Marker, Dalbello, Red Mountain Resort, Powderhound, POC, Uncle Bernie and my awesome Mom & Dad

Greatest Skiing accomplishments: 
3rd Canadian Junior Championships Red Mountain, 3rd Fernie Freeski Comp., 1st Red Freeriders Open, Cover Photo – November 2010 issue of SKI Magazine

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Name: Colston Beatson

Hometown:: Rossland, B.C.

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain.

Occupation: Skier, High School student

Background Information: I began skiing in a backpack at Red before I turned one and I’ve had a great time shredding here ever since.

Sponsors: Line Skis, Helly Hansen, Oakley, Red Mountain Resort.

Greatest Skiing accomplishments: Having Fun! To me the well rounded video segments I’ve put together over the years are the greatest accomplishments, as well as meeting new people and exploring new places. I also enjoy doing my own thing on skis and creatively progressing the sport in all aspects.

Competitions:

  • 2x Canadian JR Freeski Open Champion
  • 2nd US JR Freeski Championships Crested Butte Colorado
  • 2nd Lord of the park Hemlock BC
  • Red Bull Cold Rush athlete

2007:

  • 1st Fernie JR Freeski
  • 1st Tribute Rail Jam
  • 2nd Lake Louise JR Freeski
  • 4th Spring Fling Invitational Big White BC
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Name: Jamie Rizzuto

Hometown: Rossland, BC

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain Resort

Occupation: Skier/Carpenter

Background Information:
Born and raised on the slopes of Red Mountain Resort, where I have developed and fine tuned my skill set which has helped me world wide.

Highlights = 2014 2nd place overall FWT with a 1st Place in FWTSnowbird Utah and in 2016 FWT Chamonix france 2nd place. Red Resort is one the best ski hills on the planet.. Its steep technical terrain has produced some serious world class athletes. There is fun and challenging but thats not even the best part… You can have it to yourself… whats a lift lineup ??? Did I mention it probably has the best tree skiing on the planet? Yes its that good… treat yourself you wont be disapointed.

Sponsors: Lib Technolgies

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Name: Neko

Hometown: Rossland, BC

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain Resort

Occupation: Little Shredder

Background Information:
Born in NZ, raised in Canada, and a RED Mountain local, 10 year old Neko has been on a snowboard since the moment he could walk. Snowboarding to Neko is all about fun and friends & his love just keeps on growing. Neko just wants to ride all day everyday.

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Name: Sally Steeves

Hometown: Rossland, BC

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain Resort

Occupation: Skier/Student – Electrical Engineering

Background Information:
My parents both ski patrolled when I was young, so I grew up at RED. I started Nancy Greene Ski Racers at 6 years old, and switched to Freeskiing when I was 10. I started competing in junior freeski competitions when I was 11 and was hooked. Since 2013 I have been studying electrical engineering at the University of Calgary. Although I haven’t competed since high school, I cherish the moments I get to spend skiing at RED and representing RED to everyone I meet.

1st Canadian Open Junior Freesking Championship – 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009
2nd JETA North American Finals, Revelstoke – 2013
1st JFT North American Finals, Snowbird – 2012
1st Lake Louise Junior Big Mountain Challenge – 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008
1st IFSA Junior North American Championships, Crystal Mountain – 2010

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Name: Kylie Sivell

Hometown: Ontario

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain Resort

Occupation: Big Mountain Skier

Background Information:
Kylie started skiing in Ontario when she was 2. At the age of 10, she started competing in mogul skiing and working her way up through the rankings to make the Ontario Mogul Team. She spent 4 years on the Ontario Team, and one year on the B.C./Alberta Team.

Following her mogul career, Kylie moved to B.C, to attend UBC, but instead discovered a new passion for big mountain skiing. She entered her first big mountain freestyle contest in 2012, the Lake Louise Big Mountain Challenge. Enjoying the exciting yet relaxed energy of the contest and just fell in love. Since then, she has continued to participate in contests every year and for the past three competed in the Freeride
World Tour Qualifiers. After the FWQ events of this past year, Kylie is currently ranked 1st in the world, qualifying for the Freeride World Tour in 2017. It’s a pro tour, a pivotal
moment to further her ski career. She will gain experience in big mountain settings as well as worldwide exposure through broadcast competitions.

Sponsors:
-PowderHound, Rossland

Films:
Kylie had her first taste of shooting in Jackson Hole WY, last winter after being invited to an all girls film trip with New Schoolers.

Skiing Accomplishments:

Big Mountain
2016 (1st overall F.W.Q.)
1st – Wrangle the Chute at Kicking Horse, Golden B.C. FWQ 4*,
1st – Revelstoke freeskiing Open, Revelstoke B.C. FWQ 3*
2nd – Taos Freeskiing championships, Taos NM, FWQ 4*
5th – Freeskiing Extremes Championship, Crested Butte CO, FWQ 4*
12th – Silver King Freeride, Crystal Mountain WA, FWQ4*

2015 (18th overall F.W.Q.)
1st – Wrangle the Chute at Kicking Horse, Golden B.C. FWQ 4*
15th – Freeskiing Extremes Championship, Crested Butte CO, FWQ 4*
25th – Taos Freeskiing championships, Taos NM, FWQ 4*

2014 (17th overall F.W.Q.)
1st – Silver King Freeride, Crystal Mountain, WA. FWQ 4*
13th – Subaru Freeride Series Chmpionships, Big Sky MT, FWQ 4*
16th – Subaru Freeride Series Stop #2, Telluride CO, FWQ 4*
2nd – Lake Louise Big Mountain Challenge, AB,CAN

2013-2012
1st (2013) – Lake Louise Big Mountain Challenge, AB. CAN
7th (2013) Wrangle the Chute, B.C. CAN
2nd (2012) – Lake Louise Big Mountain Challenge AB. CAN

Moguls
4 time Ontario Provincial Champ.
Silver and Bronze at Canada Winter Games, Yukon.
Competed on NORAM circuit for 4 years. Making finals at many events.

Social Media:
Instagram: instagram @kyski