MEET OUR GRANBASSADORS
GBA's Granbassador team is made up of athletes who excel, influence and promote the sport of backcountry skiing and have a connection to Maine and New Hampshire. Each Granbassador supports the GBA mission to develop backcountry skiing opportunities across Maine and New Hampshire and provides GBA with critical content, insight, industry contacts and general support. These athletes are leaders in the backcountry community and we value their support!
SKI MOUNTAINEER | Madison, NH
Andrew grew up in the White Mountains, ski racing through high school and got his first taste of the backcountry by tomahawking the Tuckerman Ravine Headwall at age 12. Through college he ski patrolled on the weekends at Attitash and ultimately fell in love with alpine touring after a few trips to Alaska. Andrew can still be found chasing sticks at the local beer leagues or more likely lapping the headwall with his dog Squall.
Sponsors: Fischer Alpine Sports, Clif Bar, Craft USA
BACKCOUNTRY SKIER | Portland, ME
Ben grew up ski racing in New Hampshire until finally venturing into the backcountry as a sophomore at Bates College in Maine. After Bates, he spent several years out west developing his love and respect for backcountry skiing. Ben has featured in four east coast ski films by Meathead Films and is the creator of Ski the East's Working for the Weekend webseries. When not on the hill, Ben is a lawyer in Portland, Maine, where he specialized in resolving land use disputes.
Sponsors: Flylow Gear, Scarpa, Liberty Skis
BACKCOUNTRY SKIER | Madison, NH
Hilary returned to the White Mountains in 2014 after a seven year hiatus in California where she received her doctorate in physical therapy (and realized surfing is really hard). Hilary is a former U.S. Ski Team member for five years but now spends more time in the woods searching for powder or hunting for steep lines in the Whites. Spreading the backcountry message and magic of a day of skinning in the woods are what aligns her with GBA. Hilary is a podium-caliber trail runner (winning several notable ultras) and works as a Physical Therapist in Conway, NH. She is co-founder of Backcountry Bliss Retreats. She is also employee #2 of Ski the Whites.
FREESKIER | Jackson Hole, WY
Born in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Caite developed a love for the sport of skiing by enjoying the variable nature of NH skiing. Ski racing shaped her skiing style and allowed her to travel nationally and internationally on the FIS and Nor Am circuit through High School and College. Caite ski raced Division 1 at the University of New Hampshire before heading to Jackson, WY to chase her dream of competing on the Freeride World Tour which is an International Big Mountain Skiing Circuit. On the FWT, Caite had considerable success with many podiums achieved. Most recently, Caite became "Queen" of the inaugural King & Queens of Corbet's at Jackson Hole, WY, a rowdy freeski competition.
Sponsors- Blizzard/Tecnica , Shred Optics, Flylow, Boot Soul, Tenyao salsa, Kulkea
MOUNTAIN GUIDE | North Conway, NH
David has devoted his entire adult life to climbing and skiing – pushing his grade on recreational objectives and working as a professional mountain guide. After a stint in the United States Marine Corp, he was hired as a rock and ice instructor and since has expanded his repertoire to include alpine, skiing and avalanche education. David is an aspirant Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guide Association [AMGA], an Ortovox Team Athlete, an expert gear tester at the Gear Institute, an American Institute for Avalanche Awareness and Education [AIARE] Course Leader, holds a Wilderness First Responder [WFR] and is a volunteer member of Mountain Rescue Service [MRS] and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue [AVSAR]. In his free time, you will find David blogging, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, sharing micro-brews with friends or in the kitchen working on a new recipe in his home town of Conway, New Hampshire. He resides there with his wife, Michelle, his son, Alex and daughter, Madalena.
SPLITBOARDER | Rye, NH
Jeff learned to ski at Birchwood Ski area in Londonderry, NH, tried snowboarding in 1986 at King Ridge, and skied backcountry for the first time at Tuckerman Ravine in 1989. With the exception of a brief time of self-taught backcountry tele-skiing in Colorado after college (because he couldn't afford lift tickets), Jeff has been a dedicated knuckle dragger since 1992. Jeff started splitboarding in 2010 and spends most of his time in the MWV with his wife and primary backcountry partner, Steph (Tele-maven) and their Australian Shepherd, Salty. Jeff is an Adjunct Lecturer at UNH and is the Youth and Student Programs Coordinator at The Browne Center for Innovative Learning (UNH's Ropes Course and Teambuilding facility). Steph and Jeff live in Rye and spend as much time as possible surfing, skate skiing, SUPing and riding bikes (for a very long time).
Sponsors: Weston Snowboards, Karakoram