Bryce Bennett blasted onto the U.S. Ski Team in the same way he hucks cliffs at Squaw – by going big. An invite to a 2011 spring tryout camp proved to be the only opportunity he needed, as he showed coaches his form on the hard stuff is just as solid as it is in the fluff. Bennett opened the 2013-14 season with a bang, winning the U.S. downhill title on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain in early December. Bennett then refocused on the NorAm tour and delivered the downhill title, solidifying his World Cup start for the 2015 World Championship season.
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Amie Engerbretson was raised on the slopes of Squaw Valley starting at 10 months old. She has been skiing for the camera ever since. Following in the footsteps of her former proskier father, Jeff Engerbretson, Amie has been featured in Warren Miller Movies with segments in Alaska, France & Iceland and can be seen on the covers & in the pages of SKI Magazine, Powder, Shape & more. She has done sports modeling & hosting for various outdoor companies. She is sponsored by Spyder, K2 Skis, Scott Sports, Leki, HiBall Energy & Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
Alpine Ski Racer
Travis Ganong was born in Truckee, and grew up as a downhill ski racer at Squaw Valley. His feats include a fifth place finish in the men’s downhill at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, finishing just .41 seconds behind the winner. Ganong is a three-time podium finisher in World Cup events, including a win in Santa Caterina, Italy in 2008. Ganong also finished second in the Downhill at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creek.
Nate Holland was born in Idaho in 1978, but calls Squaw Valley his home mountain. Holland’s passion is in Snowboard Cross, where he has won an incredible 8 Winter X Games gold medals, including back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back golds from 2006-2010. Holland has also competed in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, finishing fourth in Boarder-X in 2010. He currently lives in Truckee, CA with his wife, Christen, and his daughter Lux.
Ski Base Jumper / Crazy Guy
JT Holmes grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but regularly made the drive out to Squaw Valley to ski. Holmes realized that the mountains were his passion and turned professional at the age of 17. After a few years of producing content for production companies and ski magazines, Holmes discovered BASE jumping with the help of Squaw Valley legend, Shane McConkey. Holmes’ real calling came in January 2003, when he completed his first ski BASE jump with McConkey at his side. It was a brand new idea to the ski world, and would transform Holmes’ career.
Jeremy Jones grew up riding in the northeast, but he considers Squaw Valley his home mountain. He turned professional in 1991 and has gone on to become an award-winning filmmaker, entrepreneur, environmentalist and snowboarding pioneer, Jeremy is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished big mountain riders and explorers of all time. Jeremy has starred in over fifty snowboard movies worldwide. He is the founder and CEO of award-winning Jones Snowboards and founder of Protect Our Winters, a global cause uniting the winter sports community against climate change.
Errol grew up in Lake Tahoe, California, competing for the US in the Alpine racing events. He dreamed of representing the homeland of his father, Jamaica. In 2008 Errol made the switch from Alpine to Skier Cross and realized he was a natural at this event because of his strong background in Alpine, BMX and Motocross racing. He went on to place 9th at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in ski cross, representing Jamaica.
Big Mountain Snowboarder
At age 9 Sammy relocated from Girdwood, AK to Truckee, CA to follow his dreams of professional snowboarding in the Sierra. Sammy's love for freestyle snowboarding took off and he was the youngest competitor to ever win the "Subaru Freeskiing Championship" at age 16. At age 21 Sammy filmed video parts, while also taking on the North Face Master's Series, in which he won the overall title. This propelled him to the top qualifying spot on the Swatch Freeride World Tour in 2012. In 2016, Sammy snagged the coveted Freeride World Tour Championship title. In 2017, Sammy won the overall Freeride World Tour Championship for the second year in a row! Sammy continues to train hard at his most beloved place to ride, Squaw Valley.
Born in Oakland, CA, Connery grew up a Bay Area weekend warrior making the trek to Squaw Valley with his family. At 18, he switched gears from racing to freeskiing and attended the University of Colorado Boulder. After graduating, Connery moved back to Squaw Valley to seriously pursue his dream: freeskiing. The following year he won the Freeskiing World Tour in 2015. Since then he’s transitioned from competing to filming, which was always the end goal. Connery has stared in MSP films like "Drop Everything" and filmed with Powder Magazine for their first movie, “Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks”. Connery resides in Squaw Valley and hopes to see you on the slopes this year!
Jonny Moseley was born in Puerto Rico, but moved to California when he was young. He spent his weekends in the Sierra Nevada, and joined the Squaw Valley Ski Team when he was 17. Moseley found success quickly and excelled in the latter half of the 1990’s, qualifying for the 1998 Winter Olympics and going on to win gold in moguls. In 1998, he won the World Cup Mogul Skiing title. In 1999, he became the first skier to medal in the X Games and the Olympics. Moseley competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics and finished fourth in moguls.
Michelle Parker grew up in Truckee, CA and skiing at Squaw Valley. By 15, she realized that she wasn’t passionate about racing, but rather freeskiing. She competed in slopestyle and halfpipe events in the U.S. Open and X Games for a few years, but ended up dedicating herself to big mountain terrain. She is now one of the most versatile female skiers in the world, and has appeared in many films, winning Best Female Performance at the 2013 Powder Video Awards and the International Freeski Film Festival for her contribution to Matchstick Productions’ Superheroes of Stroke.
Cody Townsend grew up shredding the slopes of Squaw Valley. His dedication to freeskiing has spanned the course of the last decade or so, and over the course of that time he has moved into an elite company of big mountain skiers. Townsend is perhaps most famous for his 2014 “Line of the Year” in the Tordrillo Mountains of Alaska, where he shoots down a nearly impossibly narrow couloir and pops out the other side. He continues to be a leader in the big mountain skiing world. He currently resides in Tahoe City with his wife, professional skier Elyse Saugstad, and their dog Theo.