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:: Rossland, B.C.

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain.

Occupation: Professional Skier

Background Information: Dane is a determined, focused all round athlete. Whether shredding lines in the backcountry, hitting booters in the park, riding rails, his fluidity and steeze shine bright. He is a ripper! Dane possesses a unique ski imagination that allows him to turn a big mountain venue into a natural terrain park. Dane’s big genuine smile and quiet demeanour compliment his confidence on skis. The fusion of big mountain and park; Dane is the hybrid skier to watch.

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: Sally Steeves

Hometown:: Rossland, B.C.

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain Resort

Age: 16

Background Information:
As my parents both work at Red and have for my entire life, I have always spent a great deal of time at the hill. Until I was six, I just spent my time just zooming around with my parents but at age six I joined the Nancy Greene Ski League. I raced with them until I was ten, when I realized that freeskiing was more my pace and joined the Red Freeriders. At 13, I joined the freeski academy at RSS and have been with them ever since, participating in big mountain competitions all over Western Canada and into the USA.

Sponsors: Salomon, Red Mountain Resort

Competition Results: 2011
3rd Grand Targhee Jr. Freeski
1st Lake Louise Jr. Freeski
1st Fernie Jr. Freeski
3rd Jr. Canadian Open

2010
1st Crystal Mountain Jr. Freeski 
1st Lake Louise Jr. Freeski
1st Fernie Jr. Freeski
1st Jr. Canadian Open

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Name: Jay Maloney

Hometown:: Rossland, B.C.

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain Resort

Occupation: Freeskier/Student

Background Information:
I began skiing at the age of three when my parents put me on skis at the Salmo Ski Area. At age five, I started ski racing in the Nancy Greene Ski League. I continued ski racing at Salmo and Whitewater until I was 12 years old, when I joined the Red Mountain Racers and began skiing at Red full-time. I raced for three more years with the Red Mountain Racers, and then switched to the Red Mountain Freeski Academy to further pursue my passion for skiing. This has proved to be an extraordinary program which allows me to ski 5 days a week all winter long and still maintain my academic standards. This will be my third year skiing and competing with the Freeski Academy in Big Mountain and Slope Style competitions, around Western Canada and the US. I’m pumped for another great season at Red and on the road.

Sponsors: 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: Todd Loukras

Hometown:: Rossland, B.C.

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain Resort

Age: 20

Birthplace: Haliburton, ON

Background Information:
I began riding here since I was 5 in a backpack. I got on my first pair of skis when I was about 2. My parents put me into racing till I was about 13. When i got my first pair of twin tips skiing completely changed for me. I have been freeskiing for about 6 years now and continue to have great passion for the sport.

Greatest Skiing accomplishments: 2nd fernie jr freeski; 2nd canadian open jr feeski; 1st 2x game rail jam; 1st 2x Mt.seymour slopestyle; 1st nike 6.0 rail jam

Hobbies: Skiing, Skateboarding, Biking

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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: Ian Lockey

Hometown:: Rossland, B.C.

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain

Occupation: Adaptive Snowboarder, Red Shutter Inn Lodge Manager, Landscaper

Background Information:: From snowboarding to surfing my whole life revolves around going out and participating in the activities I enjoy. At 25 years of age I had an accident whilst dropping a cornice on my snowboard in New Zealand in 1998. The accident resulted in a severed spinal cord and a minor head injury. I am now a standing paraplegic with only 50% use of my muscles from the waist down; it has left me a little physically different but no less amped or keen. I got involved with the Canadian Snowboard Federation Adaptive Snowboarding Program in 2006 and haven’t looked back. I have the privilege of helping to make history and watch the program grow as the younger athletes find out about and join the program. As an athlete or a coach I would like to see Adaptive Snowboarding become part of the Paralympics in 2014. The 2007/08 season was difficult, I had an accident while training for my first event in COP and although I was able to overcome the injury for my first two events, I was unable to compete at the 2008 USASA Nationals. I am now completely recovered and more motivated than before to be in the best condition I can be in and train hard to be strong for the 2008/09 winter season and competition.

Greatest Snowboarding accomplishments: Being named to the Canadian National Adaptive Snowboard Team 08/09. Overcoming my disabilities and being able to snowboard! Being North American Alpine & Freestyle Adaptive Champion 07 and last but by no means the least having ridden chest deep Pow(snorkel stuff) at Red Mountain

Sponsors: Canadian Snowboard Federation, Elan Snowboards, Red Mountain Resort, Bettygohard.com.

Competitions: Adaptive (Disabled) Snowboarding Events

    2008

  • Silver Medal at the first ever World cup of Adaptive Boardercross at Whistler
  • Gold Medal at the Adaptive Boardercross COP
  • Attendee at 3 CSF Train2Train Camps. COP, Whistler, Mt Tremblant
    2007

      USASA Nationals 2007 Northstar Resort, Tahoe

    • Gold Medal Slopestyle
    • Gold Medal Half Pipe
    • Gold Medal Boarder Cross
    • Gold Medal GS
    • Gold Medal Slalom
  • Gold Medal at a NORAM Adaptive event at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary racing parallel slalom.
  • Participant at a Camp Of Excellence at Big White with the Canadian Snowboard Federation and with national coach Christian Hrab
    2006

  • Silver Medal at the BC Disabled champs Sun Peaks BC(first ever competitive event).
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Name: Vinzenz Keller

Hometown: Rossland, BC

Current Ski Resort: Red Mountain Resort

Occupation: Skier

Background Information:
I grew up in the prairies of Manitoba on a dairy farm. I was blessed enough for my family to move out to the Kootenays where I began to ski at the age of 10 at Kimberly. I was in a few race and moguls programs for a few years but the structure and rules of racing and moguls wasn’t for me and I found myself skipping practice to go ski the terrain park. I finally had enough and got into the Freestyle program. At age 15 I had the opportunity to move to Rossland BC, I quickly joined the Red Mountain Academy and my skiing has evolved and now I found myself hunting down the fresh Powder all around Red resort.

Sponsors: Scott, Discrete Headwear, Red Mountain Resort

Dreams: To compete in big mountain freestyle competition, produce quality film segments, progress my riding in natural terrain, and to keep it real.

Hobbies: skiing, biking, soccer, hiking, anything that keeps me active and outside