The SnowBrains Podcast

The SnowBrains Podcast

The SnowBrains Podcasts interviews the most intelligent people in the snowsports industry and passes their fascinating knowledge onto you, our listeners. With our listeners, we explore skiing, snowboarding, snowsports, avalanches, technology, climate, snow science, medicine, nutrition, fitness, technique, and cutting edge adventure. The SnowBrains Podcast is hosted by professional freeskier, professional mountain guide, UC Berkeley Molecular Cell Biology graduate, and founder and CEO of SnowBrains, Miles Clark.

Episodes

January 24, 2023 80 min

Nina Aragon - Climate Scientist Discusses The State Of The Western US Snowpack 

Episode #49

Brought to you by Northern California Toyota Dealers & Leki

My guest today is Nina Aragon

Nina is the team captain of the Protect Our Winters Science Alliance

Nina has a masters in science from Portland State University

Nina is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Oregon State University

Nina deeply studies our Western US Snowpack and how it a...

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Kelly Pawlak - CEO of the National Ski Areas Association

Episode #48

Brought to you by Northern California Toyota Dealers & Vail Mountain

My guest today is Kelly Pawlak

Kelly has been the CEO of the National Ski Area Association since 2018

Kelly has occupied a variety of executive positions in the ski industry over the past 30-plus years including 12 years as Mount Snow, Vermont's Vice president & General Manager


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Dr. Robb Gaffney M.D. - The G in G.N.A.R., Ski Movie Star, Former Pro Freeskier, Activist, Medical Doctor of Psychiatry, Cancer Survivor

Episode #47

Brought to you by CARV & Gunnison Crested Butte

My guest today is Dr. Robb Gaffney M.D. - The G in G.N.A.R., Ski Movie Star, Former Pro Freeskier, Activist, Medical Doctor of Psychiatry

  • Robb is one of the best skiers I've ever witnessed
  • He's is a former professional freeskie...
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    Henri Rivers - President of the National Brotherhood of Skiers

    Episode #46

    Brought to you by Vail Mountain:

    My guest today is Henri Rivers

    Henri Rivers is the President of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, as well as a native New Yorker and an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast for over 45 years. He is a professional ski instructor, certified master teacher and children’s specialist as well as a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine coa...

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    December 13, 2022 97 min

    Mike Douglas - The Godfather of Freeskiing

    Episode #45

    Brought to you by Elevenate & Brian Head Resort, UT

    My guest today is Mike Douglas - The Godfather of Freeskiing


    This episode of the SnowBrains Podcast is brought to you by Elevenate:

  • Not ready to compromise on quality, fit, and function? Elevenate ski gear is designed by athletes for athletes to feel like a second skin, infinitely comfortable to ski in, dependable and pro...
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    Zahan Billimoria - IFMGA Mountain Guide, TGR Ski & Snowboard Movie Guide, Samsara Experience CEO, Jackson Hole Local 

    Episode #44 

    Brought to you by Brian Head Resort & Elevenate 

    My guest today is Zahan Billimoria: 

  • Zahan is a fully certified IFMGA mountain guide who has been the guide of the famous TGR movies including guiding Jeremy Jones and crew on the legendary 13,000' Grand Teton in Wyoming 
  • TGR even ended up maki...
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    Spot Insurance - US Health Insurance Sucks, Medical Bills Are The #1 Cause of Bankruptcy in America, Spot Can Help

    Episode #43

    Brought to you by Peak Skis & Scarpa Boots 

    My guest today is Spot Insurance CEO Matt Randall

  • The health insurance system we have in the USA today is broken and medical bills are the #1 cause of bankruptcy in America.  I personally have paid over $24K in the past 7 years for my skiing injuries and treat...
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    Utah Avalanche Center - Should We Use Avalanche Airbag Backpacks?, How To Stay Out of Avalanches, Updated "Know Before You Go"

    Episode #42

    Brought to you by Alta Ski Area & Gunnison Crested Butte

    My guest today is the Utah Avalanche Center's Executive Director, Chad Brackelsberg:

  • Chad joined the Utah Avalanche Center as Executive Director in July 2017. 
  • He is responsible for communications, marketing, fundraising, st...
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    Kit DesLauriers - The 1st Person to Ski All of the "Seven Summits", National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, 2-Time Freeskiing Champion

    Episode #41

    Brought to you by Gunnison Crested Butte & Alta Ski Area  

    My guest today is Kit DesLauriers:

  • Kit was the very first person to ski from each of the legendary Seven Summits - the highest peaks on every continent
  • She was the first woman to have won 2 consecutive World Freesk...
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    Connery Lundin - Naked on Cover of Powder Magazine, Freeskiing World Tour Champ, MSP & Warren Miller Ski Movie Star

    Episode #40

    Brought to you by Ikon Pass & Valle Nevado, Chile

    My guest today is Connery Lundin:

  • Connery is fully naked on the cover the 2nd to last ever Powder Magazine cover
  • He was the overall champion of the Freeskiing World Tour in 2015
  • Connery has been in 7 ski movies including
  • Warren Miller - "Winter St...
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    Jonny Moseley - Olympic Gold Medalist, Skiing Pioneer, Voice of Warren Miller, TV Personality

    Episode #39

    Brought to you by Valle Nevado, Chile & Ikon Pass

    My guest today is Jonny Moseley:

  • Jonny Grew up skiing at Squaw Valley/Palisades Tahoe, CA
  • He made the US Ski Team at 18 years old in 1993
  • Jonny Won the Olympic gold medal in moguls in 1998 with the 360º mute grab that hugely changed skiing
  • He won a silver medal at the 1999 X Ga...
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    H.A.P.E. & The Ghost of La Anciana - Mexican Ghost Stories From 18,000 Feet

    Episode #38

    Brought to you by Valle Nevado, Chile

    This episode is going to be a little different:

    I'm going to tell you a ghost story. A ghost story from 18,000 feet up.  A ghost story I first heard while evacuating a patient off a high volcano in Mexico.  This story still gives me the shivers when I think of it...

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    Elyse Saugstad - Ski Movie Star, Freeride World Tour Champion, Skier of the Year, 3X Best Line of the Year, In ESPN's Top 50 Women in Action Sports

    Episode #37

    Brought to you by Ikon Pass

    My guest today is Elyse Saugstad:

  • Elyse won the Freeride World Tour in her 1st year on tour, in 2008
  • She won the Freeride World Tour's "Best Female Line of the Year" in 2009
  • Elyse won Powder Video Awards "Best Female Performance&...
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    Scot Schmidt - The Original Freeskier

    Episode #36

    Brought to you by Ikon Pass 

    My guest today is the legendary Scot Schmidt:

  • Scot was the very 1st professional freeskier in North America
  • He created the genre and he did it with style
  • Scot's intro into the ski industry was him dropping a 100' cliff at Squaw Valley Palisades Tahoe, California in the 1983 Warren Miller Ski Movie and as he drops the monstrous cliff Warren says:  &...
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    Lel Tone - Alaska Heli-Ski Guide for 23-Years, Winner of National Geographics "Ultimate Survival Alaska", Ski Patroller for 28-Years, Avalanche Professional

    Episode #35

    Brought to you by A Golden State & Killington

    My guest today is Lel Tone:

  • Lel has been an Alaska heli-ski guide for 23-years
  • She won the National Geographic Reality Show "Ultimate Survival Alaska" in 2015
  • Lel's been a Squaw Valley Palisades Ta...
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    Julian Carr - 210-Foot World Record Cliff Invert, Pro Freeskier, Discrete Founder, X-Games Gold Medalist, Cirque Series Founder

    Episode #34

    Brought to you by Killington & A Golden State

    “Fear is very present. Fear’s a great thing, you should definitely listen to it most of the time. But I learned that just because something's scary, doesn't mean you can't do it.” - Julian Carr

    My Guest today is Julian Carr

  • Julian is...
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    Park City Professional Ski Patrol - Battling Vail Resorts For a Living Wage

    Episode #33

    Brought to you by A Golden State & Killington 

    My guest today is Park City Professional Ski Patrol's business manager Patrick Murphy:

  • Park City Pro Patrol has been battling Vail Resorts for a living wage and more for years
  • They've been through 50 negotiating sessions with Vail Resorts in the past year
  • Ski Patrollers are highly trained ...
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    Eddie Taylor - Member of "Full Circle Everest" 1st All-Black Team to Attempt Summit of 29,000' Mt. Everest

    Episode #32

    Brought to you by Grand Targhee Resort & Scott Sports

    My guest today is Eddie Taylor:

  • Eddie is a member of Full Circle Everest, the 1st all-black team to attempt to summit 29,000' Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth.
  • There have been over 6,000 summits of Mt. Everest and only 10 of those were...
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    Dr. Russ Costa PhD - Why People Do Dumb Shit in the Mountains!!

    Episode #31

    Brought to you by Grand Targhee Resort

    My guest today is Dr. Russ Costa:

  • Dr. Russ Costa is a cognitive scientist, skier, and mountaineer who studies why people do dumb shit in the mountains!
  • He's an expert on human attention and performance, he is interested in how distracted, fatigued, or otherwise impaired minds and brains perceive the world, particula...
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    Tom Day - Emmy Winning Cinematographer, 38 Years as Warren Miller Director/Filmer/Skier, "Blizzard of Aahhhs" Ski Movie Star, Smoothest Skier on Earth

    Episode #30

    Brought to you by Grand Targhee Resort 

    “[I made my dreams a reality] by following my heart. I can't think of another reason why it happened… Especially with skiing, I knew from a very young age I was going to be skiing was going to be my life. And I was able ...

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