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, COVID, 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

April 27, 2021 68 min

Daron Rahlves - 4 Time Olympian, King of Kitzb?hel, and World Jet Ski Champion

Brought to you by Ikon Pass?

"To me, downhill is number one. It is the most thrilling, most dangerous, highest speeds, and biggest air. My top speed recorded was 91mph. The fastest ever recorded was 100.6mph by a French guy."

- Daron Rahlves on The SnowBrains Podcast

My guest today is four times Olympic skier Daron Rahlves. Daron was on the US Sk...

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Angela Hawse - President of the American Mountain Guide Association | Brought to you by Ikon Pass 

Episode #19 of The SnowBrains Podcast

“I was one of the rescuers first on the scene to a guy who had fallen over 1000 feet. Off of Fitzroy. And he survived to tell the tale which is remarkable. But it took us three days with an international rescue effort, and it took us three days to get this kid down from where he landed. He was...

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Jeremy Jones - Legendary Big Mountain Snowboarder, Climate Change Activist, CEO/Founder of Jones Snowboards | Brought to you by Ikon Pass 

Episode #18 of The SnowBrains Podcast

“I've got a lot going on, I'm running a business, I cant spend my time trying to win over haters. And so I do not look at comments on Instagram. Apologies to any thoughtful discussion that I miss out on. And that is due to the excessive, aggressi...

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Dr. Michael Fischman M.D. - COVID Vaccine: When Will Ski Resorts Go Back To Normal? | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

Episode #17 of The SnowBrains Podcast

Dr. Michael Fischman M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM is an occupational & environmental medicine physician and toxicologist. He serves as a consultant in these fields to large organizations such as Intel & Pixar. Dr. Fischman is a Clinical Professor in and Assistant Chief of th...

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Mark Staples - Director of the Utah Avalanche Center

"27 Avalanche Deaths in Only 29-Days in the USA... Why Did the US Just See Its Deadliest Avalanche Cycle of All-Time?"

Episode #16 of The SnowBrains Podcast 

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This is another podcast that's gonna a little different.


The USA just went through its deadliest avalanche cycle in history with 27 avalanche fatalities in only 29-days from January 30th, 2021 to Februar...

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Dr. Ethan Greene - Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center

"Why Did The USA Just Have Its Deadliest Avalanche Cycle in History?"

Episode #15 of The SnowBrains Podcast 

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This podcast is gonna a little different.


The USA just went through its deadliest avalanche cycle in history with 16 avalanche fatalities in only 10-days from January 30th, 2021 to February 8th, 2021.


I think it's really affected a...

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Bode Miller - The Winningest American Male Ski Racer of All-Time | Brought to you by Sun Valley Resort 

On Fear:

“I don't think I have a lot of fear. I think I'm very respectful of the mountains and understand the danger that's inherently there. The unpredictable nature of being in the mountains and snow conditions and I think I have a healthy dose of awareness, but I wouldn't call it fear. It's more understand...

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Adrian Ballinger - Climbing Mt. Everest & K2 Without Supplemental Oxygen | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

"I was heli-ski guiding in Alaska, and through a series of communications breakdowns between me my co-guide and my pilot, we ended up getting out of a helicopter my 6 clients me and a co-guide, and it turned out we were on top of a cornice. The cornice broke 18 feet back as the helicopter lifted off. Me and 2 client...

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Randall Osterhuber - Winter Survival Instructor, Search & Rescue Badass, Snow Scientist, Avalanche Forecaster, Mountain Guide - | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

“He was almost naked…He had very little clothes on… Frozen to the snow surface… Right when we skied up I thought for sure this guy was dead, but he had a pulse, he had slight respiration… So we assemble the sled, this is all up in this raging wind and snowstorm. Got ...

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Cody Townsend - Star & Producer of The Fifty Project - | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

“I shit my pants in a Helicopter Once… Just like trying to press a fart out way too hard and maybe had a little something bad to eat the night before We were forced to land the helicopter because the pilot got so pissed off.” - Cody Townsend

“We almost got killed by Vladimir Putin, like truly…we got ran off the road while we were driving...

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Chris Davenport - Legendary Freeskier, Ski Mountaineer, Mountain Guide - | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

“We decided we would go rally this [borrowed] Nissan Pathfinder around in the deep snow and just see what it was capable of, and we ended up upside down on the roof, we flipped it, crashed it, hit a telephone pole, everyone was ok, but we had to drive that thing to the dealership the next day and… I didn’t film for Warren M...

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Marc Riddell, Director of Communications at Whistler Blackcomb | Whistler Blackcomb - Climate Change, The Future of Summer Skiing, COVID | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

"Climate change is real. Whistler Blackcomb has been proactive for decades to prepare for it. The Horstman T-bar, yeah, it's an iconic lift. We hadn't used it for 3-years. But it's [closing of the Horstman T-bar for summer skiing] certainly ha...

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Andrew McLean, The Big Mountain Scientist - Part 2 | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

Disclaimer: So, right off the bat, I wanna let our listeners know that Andrew and I are friends and that we've spent weeks together confined in small sailboats in Svalbard, Norway and well-spaced from each other in big boats in Antarctica so this conversation is gonna be fun, it's gonna be frank, and I'm excited to have this venue to...

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Andrew McLean, The Big Mountain Scientist - Part 1 | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

Disclaimer: So, right off the bat, I wanna let our listeners know that Andrew and I are friends and that we've spent weeks together confined in small sailboats in Svalbard, Norway and well-spaced from each other in big boats in Antarctica so this conversation is gonna be fun, it's gonna be frank, and I'm excited to have this venue to...

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Mike Maughan, Alta Ski Area's General Manager | Alta Ski Area - Skiing First, COVID, Canyon Traffic, & Silver Linings | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

"It's the vibe, it's the people, it's the character of this place. You put those 3 things together - it's a beautiful, majestic place with its own character and just world-class skiing." - Mike Maughan

Mike Maughan is the General Manager of Alta...

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Ron Cohen, Squaw Alpine President & COO - Renaming Squaw Valley, CA & Squaw Alpine's 2020/21 COVID Strategy | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

"When you say 'well who's in charge of the [renaming] process?' - ultimately it's me, I'm accountable, that's what happens when you take the job." - Ron Cohen

Ron Cohen is the President & Chief Operating Officer of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ...

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Mark Staples - What's The #1 Tool Available To Skiers & Riders in Avalanche Terrain? | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

"Imagine as your diving home thru the neighborhood and you're going just 25mph, which seems kinda slow, right? Stick your head outside the car and nail a mailbox with your head and your neck. You can imagine how that would feel and that's what's gonna happen in an avalanche. 25mph is not...

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Dr. William Montgomery M.D. - Why Do Skiers Tear Their ACL's So Frequently? | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

"Remember the old X-Screams? Remember those? Salomon X-Screams? Oh, baby! Remember those? I blew those puppies right out! They were destroyed..." - Dr. William Montgomery M.D.

Dr. Montgomery is an orthopedic surgeon at Dignity Health Medical Foundation in San Francisco, California. Dr. Montgomery has perfo...

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Dr. Michael Fischman M.D. - Are Ski Resorts Safe To Visit During COVID-19? | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

"I'm not sure that we're ever going to get back to the old normal..." - Dr. Michael Fischman M.D.

Dr. Michael Fischman M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM is an occupational & environmental medicine physician and toxicologist. He serves as a consultant in these fields to large organizations such as Intel & Pixar....

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Dr. Ethan Greene PhD - Why Is Colorado's Backcountry the Deadliest in the USA? | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area.

"Avalanches kill more people in Colorado than any other natural hazard." - Dr. Ethan Greene

Dr. Ethan Greene PhD is the director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) who has an undergraduate degree in meteorology, a master's degree in atmospheric science, and a PhD in geoscience. He&#...

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