Chris won two World Championships, an ESPN Winter X medal, many Powder Magazine Reader's Poll awards, the 24 Hours of Aspen, and was a fixture on the podium of the Freeride World Tour. Chris has been featured in over 35 feature ski films and has produced two of his own films, "Ski the 14ers" and "Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey".
Chris has written coffee-table books; "Ski the 14ers" and "Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America." He boasts a summit of Mt Everest, skiing the Messner Couloir on Denali, the East Face of the Matterhorn, the West Face of the Eiger, the SE ridge of Baruntse, Everest's Lhotse Face, and all 54 Colorado 14,000' peaks.
Colby grew up in Canterbury, New Hampshire, a small town about an hour and a half outside of Boston. He had a late start and was only 13 when he first started skiing. At 19 he made the decision to move out West to pursue his dream of becoming a professional skier. He's competed in almost every freeski event in the world and is no stranger to the podium, including standing on the stoop at the X Games. When he isn't skiing he's making comedic videos and recording voiceover projects. Check him out in this year's Warren Miller movie, "Like There's No Tomorrow" and MSP's "Attack of La Nina."
Daron grew up playing adrenaline sports: motocross, soccer and a short stint in jet ski racing, winning the Expert World Championship in 1993. At 13 years old he got hooked on ski racing and enrolled at Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont, a ski academy. Daron made the US Ski Team at 19 and started a successful racing career, including 3 Olympic appearances.
He competed on the best Downhill tracks on the World Cup and won the classics: Beaver Creek, Bormio, Wengen, Kvitfjell, Sestriere and the prestigious Kitzbuhel's Hahnenkamm Rennen. In 2008 D won Skier X at the X Games, and has launched the Rahlves' Banzai Tour – Banzai!
Jake is featured in Warren Miller Entertainment's 2011 film "Like There's No Tomorrow" and in Audi's 2010 "Truth in Motion: the US Ski Team's Road to Vancouver" movie. Named Ski Racing Junior Racer of the Year in 2001, Jake took his knowledge of speed and now coaches the next generation of racers.
Growing up Jess was on the junior race circuit, but then discovered the big mountains. In 2010 she won the Chilean Freesking World Tour Championships, the Revelstoke Freeskiing Championships, and the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix. Last season she finished 2nd overall on the Freeride World Tour (which she's also taken 2nd and 3rd in 2008 and 2009, respectively) and 3rd overall on the Freeskiing World Tour (where she landed 2nd in 2006).
Jess holds the title of the 2007 IFSA World Tour Champion and the IFSA National Champion. Calling Jackson, Wyoming home, Jess is also an accomplished kayaker.
Super Jules holds more Olympic medals than any other American woman (1 GS gold at Torino, 1 DH silver and 1 Super Combined silver both at the Vancouver Games). She was a NorAm champion at 16, an Olympian at 17, and set a U.S. record for Junior World Championships medals with five golds and three bronzes.
A well-rounded four-event racer, she had five World Cup Podiums last season. "13" was lucky for Julia in 2011, capturing the all-time American record (men or women) of 13 World Cup victories. She's a gym owner, lingerie designer, and serial philanthropist; she donated half of her final 2011 World Cup purse to Japanese tsunami relief efforts.
Carefully calculating depth hoar, slide paths, terminal velocity, and angle of impact, Julian pulled a front flip off a 210-foot cliff for a world record invert, and landed a 140-foot front flip during a competition. He can be found skiing in his home state of Utah or in the far reaches of the world such as Japan, Chile, or Austria.
Roz claimed the title of Association of Freeskiing Professionals Overall World Champion in 2009 and 2010! She took the top podium spot in the 2011 Austria World Cup Halfpipe event. She's also a Halfpipe Gold medalist at the inaugural Grand Prix and a X Games bronze medalist for 2010 and 2011. As if those credentials aren't enough, Roz's on the official Canadian Halfpipe Ski Team, a student at Quest University Canada with a science/math focus, a coach at Momentum Ski Camps, and an athlete ambassador for Right to Play.
A speed specialist on the US Ski Team, Steven competes in DH, SG, and Combined. He was a discretionary pick for the 2002 World Junior Championships, where he won the Slalom and took 2nd in the Combined. 2006 brought his first Olympics, a bronze at Birds Of Prey and the DH gold in Val Gardena.
A five-time US National Champion and inductee in the US Ski Hall of Fame, Tommy's successful race career on the US Ski Team lasted from 1987 until 1998. He competed in three Olympics: Albertville; Lillehammer; and Nagano. In Lillehammer Tommy became the first American male skier to win two medals at one Olympic Games; he won Downhill gold in by 4 hundreths of a second over Norwegian favorite Kjetill Aamodt, then scored a silver medal in the Super G, the gold lost by a heartbreaking .08 of a second.
After the Ski Team he spent the next 6 years on the Jeep King of the Mountain Tour. Tommy now co-owns the Tordrillo Lodge in Alaska and guides lodge guests on annual Kings and Corn trips.
During the 70's famous racers on the pro tour wore Spyder. Founded by former U.S. coach Bob Beattie, the pro tour's big money purse attracted top competitors like Jean-Claude Killy, Jimmy Heuga, Hank Kashiwa, and Billy Kidd. "It put a stamp on our credibility," David said.
While David Jacobs' young sons were in the ski race circuit, he noted there was only one brand of race sweaters available. He knew he could make a better product and sell it to the close-knit race community. David L Jacobs, Incorporated, began as a small mail order business 'for racing, by racers'.
One of David's early creations was a blue racing pant with yellow striped protective pads. Skiers began calling them 'spider' pants, due to their spider leg-like appearance. David renamed the company in 1978. A passionate sports car fan, he borrowed the spelling with a 'y' from the Ferrari Spyder.
During the early 80's breakaway gates changed racing technique. The functional World Cup Pant became the most coveted gear by national teams. "Every team had to have it," said David. Teams sporting the pant included the Yugoslavs, Australians, Norwegians, Swedes, Canadians, and Americans.
After Sports Illustrated called Steven Lee "Spider Man" after his World Cup win, Marvel Comics sent David a legal warning of trademark infringement. Before Marvel dropped action, David believed his business was doomed; "I thought everything collapsed." AJ Kitt ironically signed this SI years later.
David's son Jake drew the first web on a solid suit in 1984 as a mock-up, launching web-graphic designs built to this day. Suits replaced padded slalom wear around 1988 when slalom racers began cross-blocking gates, not hitting the gates on their upper body, only on their lower legs.
Spyder became an official supplier to the US Ski Team in 1989, a relationship Spyder continues to support with great pride.
David patented SpeedWyre, a revolutionary "trip wire" that reduced wind drag by up to 40%. US Ski Team members wearing SpeedWyre suits captured gold, bronze and fifth place in world championships over the next two years. FIS banned SpeedWyre in 1997, claiming that it gave skiers an unfair advantage.
Nothing less than a ski revolution, freeskiing took root. Spyder recognized the new ski genre and in 1998 introduced the Kreitler line, eponymous for pro skier Kent Kreitler, a member of the freeski vanguard. Shane McConkey and Kreitler moved from the pro mogul to and became sponsored Spyder pros.
As a youth David owned the title of Canadian Downhill Ski Champion, was the top-ranked Canadian FIS Team skier, and eventually became the first full-time head coach for the Canadian National Ski Team. In 2002, Spyder became a sponsor of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, bringing David full circle.