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Gordy Peifer

Gordy Peifer

Legendary big-mountain skier and Alta/Snowbird local Gordy Peifer has appeared in over 20 ski films. His titles include being both a United States and Canadian Freeskiing Champion. He was a medallist and competitor in the Gravity Games and X-games. Gordy has won Powder Magazine's "Best Powder Segment" in a ski film, been nominated for "Best Line" and he has been voted as high as fourth in its annual readers poll of favorite skiers. His skiing for the camera on extreme slopes in Alaska, Europe, Canada, South America and North America have earned Gordy a core following who acknowledge his dynamic and smooth style.

Gordy established Straightline Adventures in 2004 and has provided guided skiing and instruction with some of the world’s most recognized skiers in locations like Alaska, Chamonix, Whistler, Jackson Hole, Snowbird and Alta. Gordy lives with his wife Laura, son Preston, daughter Lucy, and golden retriever Ellie in Salt Lake City. His interests include motocross, mountain biking, golf, camping and traveling with his family.

Jenn Berg

Jenn Berg

Skier, sledneck, and powder junky... Jenn Berg is one of the most recognizable professional big mountain freeskiers in the world. Jenn is sponsored by the biggest names in the industry and has been on numerous magazine covers, in countless major ski films, advertisements, magazine articles, and more.







Jeremy Nobis

Jeremy Nobis

In 1998, Powder magazine named Jeremy Nobis one of "The 50 Best Skiers in North America," noting "he is one of the most hard-charging skiers out there with enough finesse to make it look good." Jeremy Nobis' resume is thick with impressive stats and awards for his ability to compete and still "make it look good" under pressure. A quick glance shows Jeremy's impressive rank as a three-time Junior National Champion, multiple Top-10 World Cup finisher, as well as a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team (1993-94), finishing ninth in the Grand Slalom during the '94 Olympics in Lillehamer, Norway. After achieving his dream of competing in the Olympics, Jeremy decided to take a break from competitive skiing and fulfill his desire for the fast, vertical and deep: the out-of-bounds, untouched powder of the Extreme Free-Skiing Tour. Jeremy proved his skills as a free-skier at the 1996 World Extreme Skiing Championships in Valdez, Alaska, taking the highest single-run score. Later that year he placed second at the New Zealand Extreme Championships, and, in 1999, he placed third in the fiercely competitive SkierCross at the ESPN Winter X-Games. Aside from skiing, Jeremy is also a competitive mountain biker. In 1996, while on a skiing sabbatical, he placed first at the "24 Hours of Moab," one of the best-known competitive endurance mountain-bike races in the U.S. Later that year, he added to his long list of accomplishments by setting a speed record on the Canyonlands National Park's 103-mile White Rim Trail.

As a member of The North Face athlete team, Jeremy contributes his unique perspective on technical skiwear to the research, design and development teams. Thrilled to be “living his dream,” Jeremy sees himself spending time between Alaska, Utah and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in the years to come, guiding part-time and continuing his work in films – and fishing and golfing when time allows.

Career Highlights * 1993: Member of the US Olympic Ski Team * 1994: Member of the US Olympic Ski Team (1993/94) and finished in ninth place in Grand Slalom during the '94 Olympics in Lillehamer * 1996: Took the highest single run score at the World Extreme Skiing Championships in Valdez, Alaska * 1996: Placed second at The New Zealand Extreme Championships * 1998: Chosen as one of The 50 Best Skiers in North America by Powder Magazine * 1999: Placed third in the ESPN Winter X-Games SkierCross

Films/Videos Jermemy has been a perrenial star in Warren Miller and Teton Gravity Research films.

Brant Moles

Brant Moles

Brant’s ability to apply his ski racing and motocross skills to big mountain environments placed him years ahead of his competition and extreme skiing events in the late 1990s. He was one of the first skiers to utilize a full-face helmet, which matched his smooth, fast, and powerful skiing style. In 1997, Brant captured a trifecta of extreme-skiing titles: the IFSA World Tour Championship, the World Extreme Skiing Championship, and the US Extreme Skiing Championship.

In 2005, he took 4th at the US Freeskiing Nationals held at Snowbird, UT. Brant has judged several IFSA big mountain contests while he was unable to compete, so he has an intimate knowledge of what makes a competitive run. He has also coached skiers on the Park City Big Mountain and Freeride Team at local and national events.

In addition to competition, Brant works with filmers and photographers throughout the winter. In 1998, Brant starred in the IMAX movie, Extreme. He has had numerous photos published in magazines such as Powder, Skiing, Ski, and Freeskier. Brant has worked extensively with Teton Gravity Research and Matchstick Productions and appears in classics like TGR’s Harvest and MSP’s Sick Sense. In 2006, Brant was nominated for Powder Magazine’s Best Powder Award for his performance in The Waiting Game. He was also nominated for Powder’s Photo of the Year in 2006.

In 2010-2011, Brant plans to compete at the US Freeskiing Nationals at Snowbird, UT, log plenty of powder days shooting with local photographer Will Wissman, and coach for the Park City Freeride Team and Straightline Adventure Camps.

Jim Conway

Jim Conway

Jim, otherwise known as "Sarge", has a long history in the freeride/extreme skiing movement. He was one of the original "Ridge Hippies" at Bridger Bowl, Montana in the 70's and has since moved on to be one of the most experienced guides in the Alaska heli-ski scene. Jim was one of the original guides with Valdez Heli-Ski Guides, and is currently the lead guide and safety coordinator for Teton Gravity Research. Jim is also a member of the Snowbird Freeride Team. In the early 90's Jim was one of the top extreme ski competitors with 4 top ten finishes at the World Extreme Skiing Championships in Valdez, Alaska. If you've opened an outdoor sports magazine in the last ten years you've probably seen Jim's images.

With over 22 magazine covers and hundreds of ad and editorial shots, Jim is one of the most published athletes in the world. Jim now has focused his attention on guiding in the big mountains of Alaska and Canada and on educating others in safe backcountry protocols.

Craig Gordon

Craig Gordon

Originally from New Jersey, Craig started skiing at the age of four and knew from early on he wanted to make a living on skis. Growing up, he skied the big mountains of the Garden State and surfed the world renowned, epic conditions of the Jersey Shore.

In 1984 he convinced his parents he needed to attend the University of Utah and began to secretly pursue his on-the-snow dream shortly after arriving. He worked at Snowbird Ski Resort for two seasons and then began his snow and avalanche career with the Brighton Ski Patrol during the winter of 1986, working at the resort for ten years. He moved on for more challenging work as a helicopter ski guide for two seasons before hiring on with the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC).

This will be Craig’s eleventh season with the UAC and he is the sole avalanche forecaster for the western Uinta Mountains. In addition to his forecast duties, Craig regularly teaches dozens of avalanche awareness classes. In 2004, Craig created the highly successful Know Before You Go avalanche awareness program and video. In Utah alone, over 120,000 students have seen the program in the past five seasons and not one person attending the program has been killed in an avalanche. All or parts of the program have been adopted by other mountain communities both nationally and internationally and his video is used worldwide as an introductory awareness film. Utah is the first state in the nation to offer Craig’s Know Before You Go avalanche awareness program as part of their 8th grade health and phys-ed core curriculum.

Craig skis nearly every day once the snow starts flying, regularly racking up over 200 days a year. Even in the summer he can still be found skiing the last patches of snow the Wasatch Mountains has to offer. While snow, avalanches and skiing are his true passion, Craig and his wife Anita, round their summer evenings out playing marathon games of tennis and seeing live music.

Jamie Pierre

Jamie Pierre

Our friend and colleague Jamie Pierre died from trauma sustained in an avalanche on November 19, 2011 while doing what he loved, riding fresh powder at Snowbird, Utah. Jamie had a heart of gold and loved to share his immense talents with Straightline Adventures attendees. Jamie continually set new standards for what was possible on skis and having him as a coach was a huge highlight for many Straightline Adventures participants. We will miss Jamie greatly but will never forget his influence as a skier and a person.


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