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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.  https://mech.utah.edu/maggie-goertzen-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.   http://www.brookeowensfellowship.org/

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 Cody Barnhill -Pro skier, Musician, Actor & Alternative Energy Guru, dear friend of Billy Poole an avid Ski with the Pros Supporter

Meet Cody Barnhill – Pro skier, Musician, Actor & Alternative Energy Guru, dear friend of Billy Poole and avid Ski with the Pros Supporter!

Websters Dictionary defines “Renaissance Man” as follows: a person who has wide interest and is expert in several areas.  This term personifies Cody Barnhill.   From skiing, to alternative energy, to music and even acting, Cody excel in all.

Born in Anchorage Alaska, Cody has always had an affinity for big mountains, deep snow and building things.  Cody grew up off the grid about 10 miles southeast of Anchorage on Flat Top Mountain. The proximity of his childhood home to the Chugach National Forest provided a 495,00 acre playground for Cody and his family.   Cody’s mad skiing skills drew the attention of major movie companies like Teton Gravity Research, Levitation Project and Sherpas Cinema.  Known for following his own passions rather than the ski film star path, Cody’s career has continually evolved since he moved to Alta, Utah, from his native Alaska at 21.

At Alta, Cody joined up with the likes of Billy Poole, Julian Carr, Will Wissman, Adam Clark, Rachael Burks and similar kindred spirits. Together they pushed each other and played in the Wasatch for many years. Cody is a close friend of Billy Poole.  They were roommates while at Alta.   We can only imagine the shenanigans that took place in that house.  Cody has been to almost every single Ski With A Pro event and has continually inspired us with his mind-blowing skiing abilities.

Music is a key part of Cody’s entire life.  His parents were big fans of The Grateful Dead and always had music playing at home.  Cody is a member of the Ketchum, ID based band The Sheep Bridge Jumpers where he contributes his voice as well as his bass and mandolin skills.  Check out The Sheep Bridge Jumpers at on Facebook.

Dipping his toe in acting, Cody starred in Sweetgrass Productions’ award-winning 2014 film, “Valhalla“.  Blending world class ski and snowboard action with a ground breaking style and structure, Valhalla follows one man’s escape into the Northern woods, and his wild journey toward satisfaction, understanding, and love in the deepest snow on earth.  “There were a lot of reasons we chose Cody, beyond the fact that he’s a ripping skier,” said Sweetgrass producer Nick Waggoner. “He’s got a certain creative intelligence, gravitating toward artistic projects and conversation about ideas that go beyond skiing. He’s not just a skier — we knew he had the mind for the nuance of what we were doing and wanted to film with ‘Valhalla.'”    *Please note, Valhalla is geared for adult audiences*

When not skiing,  making music or acting, Cody’s interest in engineering and alternative energy is evident.  According to Cody’s dad, he has always been able to work diverse materials to make them do what he needs them to do. “He MacGyvers everything himself. That’s my boy.”

“MacGyvering” seems to have been just as much of a guiding force in Cody’s life as skiing has been. From solar panel installation to good old-fashioned construction, motorcycle mechanic work, bicycle building, and even renovating alpine touring bindings to make them more lightweight for hiking and more efficient for aggressive backcountry skiing, it really seems like there’s nothing he can’t do. Even with his mechanical engineering smarts, it is his interest in understanding how off-grid living and alternative energy can improve, and become accessible to people in every income bracket, that has directed his career lately.

What’s super impressive about Cody and his goals (he is pursuing his degree and career in Energy Systems Engineering) is his economic and environmental approach to this ongoing project. Solar panels and wind turbines are cost-prohibitive for many alternative energy enthusiasts. Furthermore, the world is too beautiful a place, the rivers too wild, and the mountains too great to be compromised for energy’s sake.

Copper River, Alaska

“I want to figure out the simplest way to harness the energy that is constantly moving around us—from that, I want to create a simple machine that will allow any individual to generate power in their own space.”

From <https://www.biglifemag.com/alaskan-dreams-cody-barnhill/>

We are thrilled to see Cody again next weekend at Ski with the Pros Weekend 2018!


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.