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Do you know our Pros? Meet Lel Tone- Worlds Top 10 Guides, Elite Level Paddle Boarder and Professional Avalanche Forecaster

 Do you know our Pros? Meet Lel Tone -One of the Worlds Top 10 Guides, Elite Level Paddleboarder, Professional Avalanche Forecaster and Billy Poole Ski with the Pros Weekend Supporter!

Lel Tone- how does one begin to describe one of the most accomplished individuals in the ski community?  We are beyond excited that Lel will join us as Ski Discovery this weekend.

When it comes to skiing, fitness, reality TV competitions—or just life in general—Lel Tone earns the highest marks in every discipline. She started skiing as a child in the Alps, then left Switzerland for the U.S. when she was ten. She began ski racing while in college in Vermont, and later migrated to Lake Tahoe, a place she now calls home between guiding gigs, fitness missions, and televised tests of wilderness endurance.

Check out Lel and Lysey Dyer shred some powder in Kashmir:

From Lel:  “Skiing seems to be the thread that has held my whole adult life together. I find it intriguing that the little moment, at the age of two, that my mom and dad helped me put on these little plastic skis that they bought at the grocery store in Switzerland would be such a defining moment for the path my life would ultimately take. 

I met my husband Tom, ski racing in college. We were on the same team and co-captained our senior year there. It is skiing that has played a central theme in my professional career choices.

During the winter, Lel throws bombs as an avalanche forecaster for Squaw Valley Ski Patrol, and navigates steep, complicated terrain as a lead guide in Alaska with Chugach Powder Guides and for Tordrillo Mountain Lodge.

As a child growing up in Switzerland, the mountains, always present, majestic and near, always around made Lel feel at home.  “As I’ve grown and changed over the course of my life they have taken on different meanings for me. They are a place devoid of judgment, they are a place of solitude and beauty, they are a place to push yourself and your limits, they allow me to just BE in the moment to see my life for the gift and miracle that it is. More recently the mountains have been a place that I can learn from and help teach others about. I hope they will never stop being an inspiration to me. “

She was named one of the World’s Top Ten Guides by Outside Magazine in 2014 and the Best Outdoor Guide by Sunset Magazine in 2015. Lel holds Level 3 avalanche certifications and is a licensed blaster in California. She is also an instructor with the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and the National Ski Patrol, as well as a certified EMT.

In the summers, she holds her own as an elite-level paddleboarder for Tahoe SUP and Teva. A multi-sport, multi-season athlete, Tone has competed in freeskiing competitions and professional mountain-bike races. In 2015, Tone harnessed this competitive streak as a member of the winning Endurance team on National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Survival Alaska.

The most important thing to remember when in the mountains is humility.  Mother Nature calls all the shots. Period. The mountains don’t care about your goals, your agenda, and your ego. We must be prepared, be smart, try to make sound decisions and be ready when the timing is right and the mountains allow us to do what we desire.”

While researching Lel, I was struck by her quote on FB :

“The greatest thing I learned in my 8th grade Latin class was “Carpe Diem”, to “Seize the Day”….It is a small concise phrase that has had a tremendous effect on my life. It reminds me every day to appreciate every moment we have on this amazing planet. To make every precious second count. I see this most clearly when I am spending time in the mountains, It is what has motivated me to find a way to live, work and play in them. I feel so fortunate to have a job that allows me to share that joy, that appreciation… that time in the mountains with other people.”

See you this weekend Lel!

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Do you know our Pros? Meet Katie Hitchcock – Shredder, Univ of Colorado Freestyle Team alum, and avid supporter of Billy Poole Ski with the Pros Weekend!

Do you know our Pros? Meet Katie Hitchcock – Shredder, Univ of Colorado Freestyle Team alum, and avid supporter of Billy Poole Ski with the Pros Weekend!

If you’re lucky enough to ride up the chairlift with Katie,  she’ll probably feel like your best friend by the time you get off the lift. Katie is a from Steamboat, Colorado, but has relocated to the Salt Lake City area and is loving life at Alta & Snowbird.   Katie has been a ski instructor at Alta Ski Area between freeride competitions.  While at Univ of Colorado, Boulder, Katie was a member of their Free Style  Ski Team.   While earning points on the team, Katie also slayed her school work and graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in both Italian and Business.    Quite impressive!

“The Wasatch range is an incredibly special place to me now. Alta Ski Area has pretty much become my home even though I technically live down valley. It’s wonderful to be able ski up at Park City, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons all within 30 minutes of where I live. The backcountry access is also outstanding and I deeply hope that land stays public!”

Katie may be one of the fastest skiers on the mountain, but she is also the type who won’t leave you in the dust. “The people who end up skiing the Wasatch mountains are some of the best I’ve come across and I’m so happy and grateful to be among them now!

Regardless of what niche of skiing/boarding, every person who is part of this community is so passionate and genuine. Of course being outside, staying active, and being able to travel is awesome as well but the people are what pull it all together regardless of what state or even country you’re in.


We are so excited to see Katie this weekend!

Thanks for supporting the Billy Poole Ski with the Pros Weekend, 2018!


Do you know our Pros? Meet Maggie Goertzen – Pro Skier, Sponsored by Dynastar, and Mechanical/Aerospace Engineer!

Do you know our Pros? Meet Maggie Goertzen – Billy Poole Ski with the Pros Alumni, Pro Skier for Dynastar, and Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering Mastermind!!

When your last name starts with the word “GO” you know you are destined to go big places.   Maggie is showing us how it’s done.   Not only a gnarly skier in her own right, but a ground breaking mechanical and aerospace engineer by trade and training.  Maggie has been an avid supporter of the Billy Poole Foundation and we could not be prouder of her  and her accomplishments so far.  We have a feeling she has just begun the “GO” part of her career and we cannot wait to see where it takes her!

Maggie grew up skiing, climbing and mountain biking in Montana. She relocated to the Salt Lake City area to pursue her mechanical engineering degree at The University of Utah, while also exploring the rugged terrain of this beautiful area.   With Alta and Snowbird right up the canyon, the fun (and learning) was just beginning.   Along with her skiing and biking skills,  her engineering interest and innate talent became obvious.   University of Utah’s Mechanical Engineering Program is one of the top engineering  programs in the world.   Excelling there is no small feat.

Watch Maggie shredding the fluff at Snowbird this past week:

She began to seek out research opportunities that would let her explore a variety of mechanical engineering emphases. Under the supervision of mechanical engineering assistant professor Amanda Smith and funding by UROP (undergraduate research opportunities program at the Univ of Utah),  Maggie conducted an analysis of energy usage in high performance buildings.  She  then went on to work collaboratively, as a design engineer, in the chemical engineering department with assistant professor Swomitra Mohanty.

In Dr. Mohanty’s lab she learned the significance of working with other engineering disciplines to solve complex problems. While  thoroughly enjoyed her experiences in both laboratories, they were not a perfect fit for her interests.  Maggie found her research calling in the Nanotribology and Precision Engineering Lab, led by mechanical engineering associate professor Bart Raeymaekers.    

Author Confession: I had to look up the meaning of Nanotribology. If anyone else was not clear -> you’re welcome…

Maggies’s research focuses on additive manufacturing of low-density multi-functional materials with tailored properties. The problem addressed in her research is integrating stereolithography additive manufacturing with ultrasound directed self-assembly, to organize (nano)particles dispersed in a liquid polymer into user-defined patterns. Ultrasound directed self-assembly employs standing pressure waves to drive (nano)particles dispersed in a fluid medium into user-defined patterns.  This is groundbreaking and critical research.  According to Maggie’s advisor, “this research, if successful, will create a new manufacturing process that enables fabricating materials with a user-specified microstructure in a layer-by-layer fashion.”

Maggies dedication and enthusiasm paid off and Maggie was selected as a 2017 Brook Owens Fellow.

Created to honor the legacy of a beloved space industry pioneer and accomplished pilot, Dawn Brooke Owens (1980 – 2016), the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program is designed to serve both as an inspiration and as a career boost to capable young women who aspire to explore our sky and stars, to shake up the aerospace industry, and to help their fellow men and women here on planet Earth.  They do this by matching thirty-six extraordinary women per year with purpose-driven, paid internships at leading aviation and space companies and organizations and with senior and executive level mentors.

So, while she crushes it on the slopes, she is also crushing it in engineering research lab at the same time.   

Bravo my friend!  You are an inspiration to all of us!!


We cannot wait to see you this coming weekend at Ski Discovery and the 2018 Billy Poole Ski with the Pros Weekend.





*I am not sure about the rest of you, but I ordered a few books to brush up on my knowledge of her field of study.    Goal number 1, learn to pronounce “nanotribology” correctly. *

Do you know our Pros? Meet Parker Cook – Pro Skier turned Pro Furniture Fabricator & Designer

Meet  Parker Cook-   Pro Skier turned Pro Furniture Fabricator and Designer and forever supporter of the Billy Poole Foundation!

Meet Parker Cook.  Salt Lake City born and raised this man has been the life of every party since he was 2.  Parker learned how to ski with his pops Jeff and mama Linda. .  .You meet them and you realize how Parker grew up to be the raddest human ever!

 Parker’s history as a Pro skier actually hinges our dearest Billy Poole believe- it -or -not. Parker was badgering Billy for some free skis and Billy told him to get them himself, “Parker, you’re good enough- go get some sponsors” … and … he did:


Parker pursued professional skiing for a while and in turn got to travel the world for years with his SLC based shred posse: Julian Carr, Rachael Burks, Ben Wheeler, Will Wissman, et al.

Parker has been published in several different ski magazines and has been a part of many beautiful award-winning ski edits:

Watch Parker, Rachael & Julian have some serious fun in Chile:

After traveling the world and getting to ski dream locations Parker met his dream girl and fellow ripping skier: Kate Nebeker (who also participates in the Ski With A Pro Weekend) Kate and Parker reside in SLC and had a little girl who they named Piper.

Parker was smart enough early on to realize that while skiing was the coolest thing ever, it probably wouldn’t be the thing to sustain an income in the 10-year plan. . . So, he combined skill sets from his mother: an interior designer and his father: can build anything in the world… and started his own furniture business.

It’s called Parker Cook Design and can be found on facebook and also Instagram. PCD has expanded twice and now employs many local builders, welders, fellow shredders, and designers. His furniture is absolutely stunning. .  .



Parker is next-level in everything he does: He’s a next-level shredder, a next-level family man, a next-level participant in the Billy Poole Foundation, and TRULY a next-level human. His thoughtfulness, stoke, and unparalleled enthusiasm make up a huge part of the soul of our foundation. 

We are so thankful that the Cook family participates in the Ski With A Pro Weekend. . .  Thanks guys- can’t wait to see you all!!
Parker with his family.

Do you know our Pros? Meet Justin Lati – Freeride Competitor, Big Mtn Snowboarder & Adaptive Sports Advocate

Do you know our Pros? Meet Justin Lati – Freeride Competitor,  Big Mountain Snowboarder & Adaptive Sports Advocate

Meet BP Ski with the Pro Alumni Jusin Lati

Justin has been a huge supporter of the Billy Poole Foundation Ski with the Pro’s Weekend for years.  When not shredding with our kids, Justin travels the world to participate in the elite Freeskiing World Tour (on his board of course!) and enjoy every run he can.

Click below to see Justin ripping it:

Justin will be fresh off a trip to Japan when we see him in a few weeks.

When not shredding across the globe, Justin is a Certified Personal Trainer and Instructor with the Wastach Adaptive Sports.  A Utah native, Justin learned to ski at Snowbird at the age of 5 and has been hooked on the steeps ever since! Background in Exercise Science, Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine in California. Competitor on the North American FreeRide Tour for snowboarding.

True to the Billy Poole Foundation, Justin is perpetually psyched and smiling.  To use his own words…

 Happiness is a choice! #staystoked people !! 

And we cannot forget his partner in crime… Oaks!


BP Ski with the Pro’s Weekend Shenanigans 2016


Do you know our Pros? Meet Rachael Burks – Empress of Rad Skiing & Friend of Anaconda

Meet Rachael Burks – Empress of Rad Skiing & HUGE friend of the folks in Anaconda.


Rachael is one amazing woman. describes her perfectly – she is as much whirlwind as human, swirling with grand ideas, loud jokes, belly laughs, and big airs.  Her no-holds-barred attitude belies her enduring dedication to introducing other women to the sport.   Click here to read the whole article.

Rachael is not only an incredibly fun person and skier, she is an advocate for inspiring girls of all ages to get out there and follow their dreams.

“I’ve learned that attitude is everything. I’ve learned that it’s better to show up and fail than to not show up at all. I’ve learned to work hard and trust myself. I’ve learned that I really like being able to help others when I’m on a shoot. I like to inspire as a female, but also bring out the goofiness in other women.

Sometimes things don’t work out for you, sometimes you DO fail, and it’s not easy… it’s hard to fail, and I’m not great at getting it back together – but I have learned that you have to just keep showing up, keep getting out.

If you’re not present, then you are not improving your chances in any way. You’re also not getting better at skiing. (That’s important stuff.)” Click here to read more.

So next time someone says Ski Like a Girl –Here’s what they mean:

Rachael & the pros hanging with many of the Billy Poole Ski with a Pro Weekend participants and signing autographs.

First year at Disco

Thank you, Rachael!  See you in a few weeks!

Promo Video by Rachael Burks

This video shows some of the fun we’ve been having through the years bringing kids to the mountains to learn to ski and get stoked about being outdoors.  Thanks to Rachael Burks for the great edit and for all her bubbly enthusiasm for life.

Billy Poole – The Levitation Project