Skiing the Grand Teton 3-20-2015

Fredrick Marmsater and Tanner Flanagan prepare the ropes while enjoying the sunrise on the Teepee Glacier.

Fredrik Marmsater and Tanner Flanagan prepare the ropes while enjoying the sunrise on the Teepee Glacier.  7:54am

To ski the Grand Teton has always been a goal of mine.  It felt like a right of passage growing up in Jackson Hole.  I have climbed it numerous times in the summer, but to climb and ski it in the winter is no small feat.  I left the parking lot at 1am with Tanner Flanagan and Fredrik Marmsater.  The snow was bullet proof as we skinned to the meadows.  We had hoped to skin to the top of the Teepee Glacier, but as we started slipping and sliding at the base of the meadows we soon realized we would be boot packing.  We reached the top of the Teepee Glacier just in time to watch the sunrise.  It was absolutely breath-taking.

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Only 9 Days Until the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Opens

It is that crazy time of year again in Jackson Hole when the temperatures drop below freezing and the snow begins to fall out of the sky.  There is a buzz of energy in the air.  Some locals are hustling to get the last bit of their firewood chopped and stacked and others are dusting off their ski and snowboard gear.

Somehow November flies by like a dream that I can almost recall.  It is vivid, but happens so fast that I can’t quite remember what happened.  The next thing I know, I am once again slipping my feet into ski boots, clicking into my bindings, and it is winter.

I’m in Boulder!

I’m really excited to be in Boulder for the Warren Miller Premiere of “No Turning Back!”  Please come check it out!  I will be signing posters and giving high fives!  Show Schedules:

Thursday 11/13 – 8pm (Boulder Theatre)

Friday 11/14 – 6:30pm and 9:30pm (Boulder Theatre)

Saturday 11/15 – 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm (Boulder Theatre)

Play Hard Give Back!

I am so excited to join Play Hard Give Back!  It is an awesome way for me to give back to a cause that I believe in.  I have chosen to support the Chris Anthony Youth Initiative.  

“The Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project is one of my favorite foundations. Chris has developed fundraising and scholarships for youth who are chasing their dreams. I like the project because it focuses on all interests of life: outdoors, athletics, arts, and any other pursuits. ”  

The concept is simple.  Buy really great, healthy snacks and 20% of the proceeds go to the Chris Anthony Youth Initiative.  Check it out! 

Chris Anthony Youth Intiative

Pro skier tours schools encouraging kids to follow their dreams

The story of Chris Anthony’s Youth Initiatives Project

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 Chris Anthony doesn’t remember the name of the athlete who came to his school when he was in fifth grade. “I just remember that he was strong-looking, humble, and seemed cool,” Anthony says. “He talked about moving forward by setting goals for yourself.” Anthony also remembers leaving school that day with new motivation. “I went home and I made a list,” Anthony recalls. “And that’s when I really sort of set myself in motion, I feel like.”

Anthony went on to a successful career as a professional skier, filming with Warren Miller Entertainment for 25 years, and traveling the globe guiding clients and coaching at camps. He’s also produced documentaries, written for magazines, worked in television, and co-authored a guidebook. Now Anthony is focusing his energy on giving the next generation of kids the same motivation that got him off on the right road. Chris Anthony’s Youth Initiatives Project brings real-life learning moments into the classroom, and also aims to connect motivated kids to educational opportunities in arts, athletics, or academics through a scholarship program.

Chris Anthony

“I’m clearly dyslexic,” Anthony says. “I wasn’t the greatest when it came to traditional academics. I pretty much failed in our system, bottom line. But the most impactful and teachable moment for me was when I could apply what we were learning to an actual physical world or an experience.”

For 16 years, Anthony has been bringing such experiences into classrooms across the country. It started as a way to get kids excited to ski through Colorado Ski Country’s 5th Grade Passport Program, which gives fifth-graders 60 free ski days as a way to introduce them to skiing and snowboarding. “The collateral effect of that was when I went in and shared the stories and the excitement through using clips out of Warren Miller films; it turns out there are a lot of very teachable moments in those clips,” Anthony says.

Chris Anthony nonprofit

When his role with Colorado Ski Country was phased out, Anthony continued to give presentations at schools, working them into the Warren Miller Entertainment film tours, absorbing any costs himself. In September 2013, he received 501(c) tax-exempt status as a nonprofit, and decided to expand the mission of his youth initiatives, including adding the scholarship program.

“I would go to the school, talk to the kids, get the kids all excited, drop all these valuable lessons on them, then leave the school, and wonder what happens from that point on,” Anthony says. “I want create a way to bridge kids to educational opportunities, whether it’s through arts, academics, or athletics. In most cases, hopefully the kids—the parents—can provide their own financing. In other cases, there may be some financial challenges. If some kid is showing amazing ability … and not just ability, but desire to chase down a goal, to aspire to go after something—if they’re showing that hunger, they would need to apply to my organization, and hopefully I’ll be able to help them.”

Mike Douglas, Ingrid Backstrom, Chris Anthony, Jess McMillan, and Chris Davenport

Anthony is also expanding the program’s network of mentors through a circle of influential friends. At the program’s annual fundraiser in Denver on October 13, fellow pro skiers Chris Davenport, Mike Douglas, Ingrid Backstrom, and Jess McMillan volunteered to give presentations. Anthony is also working with musicians such as Scott Stoughton of Bonfire Dub and Liza Oxnard, best known around Colorado as the former frontwoman for Zuba.

As the foundation grows, Anthony plans to continue to visit schools in hopes of inspiring the next generation to chase their goals. He encourages parents and teachers to reach out, because those are the people who usually initiate a visit, rather than the institutions themselves.

To learn more about Chris Anthony’s Youth Initiatives Project, request a visit, or donate, visit his website.

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