Rachel Croft-Steamboat Springs, CO
CURRENT NORTH & SOUTH AMERICAN FREERIDE WORLD QUALIFIER CHAMP.
Xevo Optics superstar Rachel Croft is now the current North & South American World Qualifier Freeride champion. Rachel will move on this season to compete on the World Freeride Tour with the top eight woman on the planet and has her sights set on qualifying for the 2018 FWT Championships in Verbier Switzerland.
Congratulations to Rachel for her amazing season and we just want to say what an honor it is for us to have such a tremendous young lady competing on our goggles. On top of being one of the best skiers on the planet she is one of the nicest you will ever meet! We look forward to watching Rachel this coming season as she travels around the world and can't wait to see her represent the USA on the World Freeride tour. We know she is going to KILL IT!
Rachel grew up skiing at Crystal Mountain, Washington. After taking a year off from competing to coach the Winter Park Big Mountain Team, she won the Sickbird and took 3rd place at the Crystal 4* Freeride World Qualifier in 2016 and recently won the 2017 Revelstoke 4* and Taos 4* FWQ . She continues to coach the Winter Park team and has her sights set on qualifying for the 2018 Freeride World Tour. We are amazed with her talent and so impressed with her beautiful personality- a true asset to Team Xevo!
Veronika Rudolfova- Prague, Czech Republic
23 year old Veronika is a star on the Czech National Alpine Team and currently one of the top technical skiers in the World. She is an amazing young lady beyond compare as she is also attending Law School at the University in Prague and plans on receiving her Law Degree in two years.
Veronika is a a fantastic role model and inspiration for all of our young athletes who strive to be the best through hard work and dedication.
Paul Kimbrough- Victor, ID
Paul is one of the most accomplished freeheelers of all time. He has been winning big mountain Telemark competitions since 2010. Just a couple of his awesome accomplishments are placing in the top 3 every season in the Grand Targhee Big Mtn. Telemark, including first place in 2011 and 2016, World Telemark Champion- 2010, and Sickbird Award-2009 in Alyeska Alaska.
The Utah native has a degree in Environmental Education from Western Washington University and now spends most of his time skiing in the Tetons and rock climbing across the west. We are so thrilled to have him on Team Xevo!!
Paul has been in 5 Powderwhore Films- check out one of them HERE
Robert Minam Cravens- Bend, OR
17 year old Minam started skiing at just 16 months old and racing at 6 years old. He has won best race results for MBSEF every year since 2009! He also came in First Overall for the 2015 U16 Men Western Regional Championships, First GS Buddy Werner Championships 2013, and invited to the Western Regional La Parva Chile All Disciplines Camp 2016, among many other accomplishments! Not only talented in Alpine Skiing but Minam is also recognized for his academic achievements.
Check out Minam's PNSEF video from Chile HERE
Phil and Steve Mahre- White Pass, WA
What do you say about Phil and Steve Mahre? They are true icons of American ski racing and when you talk about the best ski racers in the history of the planet they would be in the conversation!
Phil won the Silver in the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid and the Gold in the 1984 games in Sarajevo with Steve taking the silver. Phil won three straight overall World cup titles in 1981, 82 and 83 before retiring in 1984.
The Mahre twins retired from the World Cup at age 26 at the peak of their careers. Today Lindsey Vaughn and Bode Miller are the only Americans with more World Cup victories than Phil Mahre's 27. Their epic battles with Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark were some of the best in the history of modern ski racing. Phil and Steve were the first dominant American ski racers and together they laid the foundation of the great US ski teams and racers to follow. Our hats are off to the Mahres who in our eyes are the greatest of all time!!!
Xevo Optics is proud to sponsor the Mahre Summer Race Camp at Mt Hood and the ADL Ski Club
Check out the twins '84 Olympic medal run HERE
Knut Olberg- Sun Valley, ID
Knut is a former Norwegian Junior National Alpine Team member and came to the US on a ski scholarship to compete for the University of Washington Ski Team when they were a division 1 powerhouse. Knut is eight times World Masters Champ and we don't know how many national championships he has won because we can't count that high.
Knut is an icon in the ski world not just for all of his racing success but also because he has been one the great teachers, coach and mentors to so many great skiers over the years that it would be hard to count them all.
Kutter Moum- Bottineau, ND
Kutter is a 16 year old who started skiing at the age of three and jumped into racing at the age of seven. He calls the BWP Ski Team of North Dakota his home club. After having success at the local level he move on to regional and national events. His recent accomplishments include: 2017 USSA Central Division overall co-champion, Physical Assessment record holder, and Skills Quest overall winner. Rocky Central Region Championships included two Top 10 finishes in Slalom and Super Combined. He enjoyed three Top 10 finishes at the U16 Canadian Nat'l Championships along with an 8th place finish in Slalom at the Can-Am Games. He will start FIS in the 2017-'18 ski season and has been invited to US Ski Team projects. Kutter is a dedicated high academic student in the classroom with the same dedication on the ski hill. This Dakota boy thrives on adrenaline! We are so proud to have Kutter in the Xevo Family!
Keree Smith- Goverment Camp, OR
Keree grew up in the small mountain town of Government Camp, Oregon. Yes, she actually grew up there! With Ski Bowl and Sasquatch just in the backyard, she fell in love with skiing and raced competitively with Mt. Hood Academy until the age 19. Keree then decided to retire and simply took off to travel the world.
Her newly discovered touring ski's guided her to remote fjords in Iceland, the deep goods in Japan and a few -28F, polar bear trodden base camps in Svalbard. Via planes, boats and trains, she would like to recognize Borea Adventures and The Empire expeditions for employment opportunities and an incredible introduction to guiding in exotic and remote locations.
She thanks the local support of Mt. Hood 26 and the many miscellaneous friends and family for the new, hand-me-down and twice retired gear. Always happy to just get out there. The Xevo Team is so proud to have such an outstanding woman representing us!
Sophie Robinson- Ontario, CAN
Sophie Robinson is a 16-year-old female competitive skier from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. She's been downhill skiing since she was 2-years-old and at a very young age realized that skiing is her passion and decided to peruse this sport with everything she has! At age 12, Sophie made a goal to qualify for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing and is determined to do everything to get there.
Sophie placed first at the U14 Provincials in Ontario (2014), and qualified to go to Whistler Cup (2015), and placed 7th overall.
"I’d like to thank all of my friends, family and coaches who supported me in this incredibly journey. Thank you for believing in my dream."-Sophie Robinson. Well, Sophie, we at Xevo want to thank you for including us in your incredible ride!!
Jake Denham- Reno, NV
Jake is an up and coming competitive snowboarder from the Lake Tahoe region. Currently living in Reno, NV, Jake rides at Northstar at Tahoe Ski Resort during the season and trains at Woodward at Tahoe year round. He competes in Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air, and is currently trying to qualify for the Olympics in these disciplines.
Jake started snowboarding when he was 14 and started competing when he was 21, after tearing his ACL and going through rehab to be able to walk again. This was the point where he decided to give snowboarding 100% and see if it was still possible to have a career in the highly competitive snowboarding industry competing at an elite level. Over the past 4 years, Jake has finished his education at the University of Nevada, Reno with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, all while continuing to train and practice his snowboarding craft. He is now able to ride and practice everyday, and is feeling healthier than ever.
His goals for the future are to make it into the pro-circuit of snowboarding slopestyle contests and big air events, as well as learn and land on snow new tricks that have not been accomplished yet. Jake's motto is "you only live once" so he is trying to make the best of every situation and give 100% effort into anything he sets his mind too. Snowboarding is his passion and Jake wants to be able to snowboard until the day he dies, so training and fitness play a huge role in his snowboarding career. He is a fantastic inspiration and we are very grateful to have him in our Xevo Family!
Katie Holm- Sumner, WA
Katie is a sophomore this season! Some of her accomplishments are being the 2014 and 2015 Buddy Werner Champion, and the best overall in the 2016 Northwest Cup. You can check her out in PNSA races! Katie was recently invited to train with the US Ski Team Regional Development System in Cortina, Italy and Zagreb, Croatia. She is such an impressive young lady and we love watching her grow!
Ashley Lodmell- Bend, OR- RETIRED
18 year old Ashley just graduated with a 4.0 GPA! She's apart of MBSEF and is taking gap year to focus on her racing. She won First Overall in the 2014 and 2016 Sun Cup Speed Series and raced in Nor Am last season! We are so thrilled to have her on our team and can't wait to see where life takes her.
Valentin Revet- Annecy, France
Valentin lives in the French Alps and teaches skiing in Verbier. He has been a part of the Freeride World Qualifier for 2 years and is a fantastic part of the Xevo Family! Check out his instagram @valrevet and watch his sweet edit HERE
Kyle Skutch- Mount Hood, OR
Kyle grew up in Ithaca, NY where he discovered snowboarding and found his passion. After high school he moved to the west in search of bigger mountains and more snow- eventually landing in the Hood River area where he has been the last 8 years.
Kyle is about to start his 20th season boarding and his 10th as an instructor. He holds the highest certifications for professional snowboarding instruction and now leads clinics for instructors around the region! He's such a big part of our family and we are so grateful for him!
Colin Gomez- Chatel, Les Portes du Soleil, France
Colin is a french freerider from the northern Alps studying the Material sciences in Lausanne with the aim to work in the ski industry later. He's 22 years old and has skied since he was 6. He was scheduled to compete on the Freeride World Qualifier for the full season two years ago but injured his MCL and has been focusing on ski films ever since!
He is part of the team Lucky Boy which is a group of extreme athletes creating films for fellow extreme sport lovers. He also started the "ODOS Project" which is a team of freeride skiers. Colin is passionate about avalanche control, especially after having to rescue a friend from an avalanche two years ago. We're so thankful he is well and in our Xevo Family!!
Last year he launched his web series “Drop In” with an edit at least once a month. You can watch all the previous episodes HERE and follow him on instagram @colin.gomez
Maddie Riley- Bend, OR
13 year old Maddie is quickly becoming a top-notch freestyle skier! She got into competition in the 6th grade and won all of the USASA events at Mt. Bachelor that season as well as taking first place overall in the USASA Nationals. This past season she repeated taking all USASA events at Bachelor and Mt. Hood as well! We are so thrilled to be supporting her and her goals and love having her in our Xevo Family!
Annika Paz- Bend, OR
Annika is 15 years old and has been skiing for 14 years. In the 8th grade she started competing in USSA in Park City, Utah; This past season she trained with MBSEF and came in 2nd overall at the USASA Nationals. She recently started competing on the Rev Tour in the half pipe event! We are so excited to have her in the Xevo Family!
Sun Valley Ski Patrol- Sun Valley, ID
From left to right- Rich Bingham, Bubba Smith, Carl Rixon and Mike Lloyd
These four friends from the Sun Valley Ski Patrol bring 180 years of combined experience. They have been gettin' it done since before many of our athletes were born and they still bring their best every day!
To us these guys are the real athletes and unsung heroes on the ski hill. Up at dawn and working until after dark every day keeping us safe and sound. They never get the credit they deserve and our hats are off to all of the Ski Patrol across the planet! We thank you for your great contribution to the ski industry. You are our heroes.
Patrick Deneen- Cle Elum, WA- RETIRED
Patrick is a member of the US Freestyle ski team and two time Olympian training hard for his third Olympics. At the age of 16 in 2004 he earned a starter position for the World Cup *
Donnie Fahringer- Stowe, VT
Donnie Fahringer has been skiing since he was eight years old. He's originally from Toms River, NJ, but now goes to college in Vermont, and skis out of Stowe. He competes throughout the winter ski season doing Slopestyle events, Rail Jam events, and traveling to Copper Mtn. in Colorado to compete at USASA Nationals every year. Heading into nationals this season he is currently ranked 5th in the nation for Slopestyle in Freeski Open Class Men. Donnie hopes to do well this year in competitions and looks forward to skiing with friends. During the long breaks from school Donnie likes traveling to the mountain he grew up skiing at, Windham Mtn in upstate NY, to help coach kids and teach them new skills!
Tristan Cholewicki- Boyne Falls, MI
19 year old Tristan travels around Michigan supporting small hill resorts and also competes nationally and trains with former Olympic coach Tom Hutchinson. He is currently ranked 25th in the nation for slopestyle and so far this season he's placed first in slopestyle and rail jam comps! He is sponsored by Shaggy Copper Country Skis, Skull Candy Headphones and of course, he is a valued member of the Xevo Family!!