Our Athletes

 We have a pretty bad ass team at Uthrive.  Our athletes are World Champions, stars in the biggest ski movies and all round awesome people.  Read more about our athletes and their adventures.

Ian McIntosh

Pro Big Mountain Skier
Films with TGR , Winner Powder Magazine “Line of the Year” – Twice!

Raised in British Columbia, Canada, where the mountains are BIG it’s no wonder Ian McIntosh can stomp 50 foot cliffs. You’ve probably watched Ians impressive Big Mountain Skiing in the TGR movies or from his “line of the year” Awards from Powder Magazine. Yes, he’s won it more than once!! Skiing for North Face, Volkl, Surefoot & being a POW ambassador Ian is definitely the guy to follow around (except when he jumps off those 50 footers) his mountain knowledge is extensive and he loves sharing it with other skiers.

Want to ski with Ian? Click Here
Watch Ians “Line of the Year 2018” Here

Johnny Collinson

Pro Big Mountain Skier
Red Bull Athlete, Films with TGR, Youngest person ever to climb the Seven Summits.

Johnny is not only a bad ass skier but a great mountaineer too. At age 17 Johnny became the youngest person in the world to climb the Seven Summits (the highest peak on all 7 continents) – including Everest! Skiing for Redbull & Faction his adventures seem to go get more impressive each year. Johnny hucks in the TGR films, podiums in Red Bull competitions and won the Junior Freeskiing Tour in 2010.

Johnny has a relaxed but stoked personality that is infectious. He’ll have you so excited about getting up to go ski that you can’t sleep.

Want to ski with Johnny in the French Alps this winter? Click here
Watch Johnnys segment from Faction ‘This is Home’ movie here
Listen to our Interview on our Podcast here

Reine Barkered

Freeride World Tour Champion
Endless medals in his collection. Mayor of Stomp Town.

There isn’t room to list all of Reine’s successes. Let’s just say that Reine’s Freeride results look like this – Podium, podium, and more podiums (32 to be exact, we counted them!). On the FWT Finals venue, Bec de Rosses, there is a cliff named after Reine. You guessed it, it is the biggest one high up on the steep mountain. That is why they call him The Mayor of Stomp Town!!

As well as being a Pro Freerider Reine is a qualified ski instructor. He has an amazing ability to break down the technicality of skiing and will have you skiing terrain you never thought possible. He has a stoked attitude and always wants to encourage all levels of skiers to ski with him and learn more about Freeriding.

Sponsors: Dynastar, Giro, Norrona, Hestra Gloves, Mammut.

Want to ski with Reine in Verbier this winter? Click here
Watch Reine’s winning FWT in Verbier here
Follow Reine on the FWT this winter here

Lynsey Dyer

Professional Big Mountain Skier.
Producer & Director Ski Film Maker

Lynsey is a ripper skier who has won every Freeride competition she’s ever entered, been voted Female Skier of the Year by Powder and Freeskier Magazine, Producer & Director of the award winning ski movie Pretty Little Faces and on top of that she has an inspiring Ted Talk “Ski Like a Girl” and Podcast; Showing Up.  Phew! we’re exhausted just typing all those success!  Lynsey brings outside tools and techniques to skiing which she attributes her success like transformational breathing.  Skiing with Lynsey is a continual inspirational and educational experience.

Watch Lynsey’s ‘Pretty Little Faces’ trailer here
Check out Lynsey’s Ted Talk here 
Want to ski with Lynsey Dyer this winter? Contact us here

Jackie Paaso

Xtreme Verbier Champion
Bad ass Freerider.

Jackie is one bad ass Freerider. Her film ‘Evolution of Dreams’ shows her pushing the boundaries for Freeriders. Her competition results are 7 Freeride World Tour Victories, Xtreme Verbier Champion, 12 podium finishes & being in ESPN’s “Top 50 women in Action Sports”. Coming from a background of moguls Jackie breaks down the technique of skiing and knows how to use it as an advantage in Freeriding. If anyone knows how to handle fear & pressure, it’s Jackie. You’ll be thinking like a true athlete after skiing with her.

Want to ski with Jackie in Verbier this winter? Click here
Watch Jackies movie Evolution of Dreams here
Follow Jackie on the Freeride World Tour here

Kyle Smaine

Half Pipe World Champion & Big Mountain Skier
World Half Pipe Champion and a gold medalist in the 2018 World Cup.

Kyle Smaine is a World Half Pipe Champion and a gold medalist in the 2018 World Cup. His body awareness and control is what sets him apart. Kyle now travels the world focusing on Big Mountain skiing bringing a playful and creative style that only a halfpipe skier can. Kyle knows the importance of focusing on your own personal style and he’ll help you develop yours.

Kyle puts his success down to his mindset. He knows how to handle pressure and realizes that only he is responsible for putting pressure on himself. Kyle shares his athlete mindset with our guests taking skiers to the next level.

Want to ski with Kyle in Tahoe this winter? Click here
Watch Kyle’s winning Half Pipe run here
Watch our interview with Kyle here

Hazel Birnbaum

Freeride World Tour Gold Medalist

Hazel has competed on the FWT since 2015 consistently winning podium spots including winning the Xtreme Verbier & The North Face Chilean Freeskiing Championship. She charges hard and has a creative eye for line choice. She skis for Dynastar, Giro, Reusch, Clif Bar & represents Kirkwood Mountain, Tahoe. Hazel has a natural interest in wellbeing and attributes her wellbeing knowledge to her success. She enjoys sharing the wellbeing aspect with others and loves taking their skiing to the next level.

Sponsors: Dynastar, Lange, Look, Maloja, Leki, Pret Helmets, Boot DOC

Want to join Hazel in our Women’s Only camp this winter at Kirkwood? Click here
Watch Hazel’s FWT Verbier run here

Drew Tabke

2 x Freeride World Tour Champion
Competing in the FWT 2020 tour going for a 3rd title.

Two time wining FWT Champion, Drew Tabke, is competing in the FWT 2020 tour going for a 3rd title. Drew is known for his impressive big mountain lines which you can watch in his FWT lines in Alaska. Drew is always chasing winter, if he’s not in the northern hemisphere he is down south in Chile or Argentina. Drew is an excellent ski guide and loves taking guests on incredible trips, one they’ll never forget. His sponsors are Praxis, Eddie Bauer, Giro and is an ambassador for Crystal Mountain, USA.

Want to ski with Drew in Chile in 2020? Click here
Watch Drew’s incredible line from FWT Alaska here
Follow Drew on the FWT here

Rachel Findler

Founder
Bronze medallist Freerider.

Bronze medallist Freerider Rachel Findler moved to Whistler in 2004 hoping to live the ski dream and she found it! While competing in Freeriding & Sponsored by Faction, Surefoot, Giro & Flylow Gear Rachel met an amazing community of skiers who were so supportive and great fun to ski with. During this time Rachel studied alternative medicines & meditation practices and was soon running her own wellbeing practice working with some of the top winter athletes in the world. She wanted to share the Pro Skier lifestyle with others and show them the athlete techniques that are used to gain podium positions.

As a result Uthrive was born

 

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