Alyeska Resort athlete, Zach Halverson, grew up skiing Alyeska nearly every winter day. His formal training was as a Mighty Mite skier, Junior team racer, and Freeride team member. Mostly though, his “training” came in the form of freeskiing laps with friends, day after day. He turned that feeling of freedom into competitive success on the Junior Freeskiing Tour (JFT), a series of Big Mountain skiing competitions held throughout North America. In 2011, when Zach was 17, he won the overall tour title. He is also a two-time event winner on the JFT, winning at Stevens Pass, Washington, and Kirkwood, California. When he was 17, Powder Magazine ranked him the 10th best skier in the world under the age of 18.
Zach now shares his joy of skiing through films and photographs in national magazines. He was part of a team that won the prestigious Eye of the Condor film and photo contest in La Parva, Chile (http://vimeo.com/27315938). He also filmed two segments for ESPN, highlighting skiing in southcentral Alaska (http://vimeo.com/38119376 and http://vimeo.com/40367230). In a recent Powder magazine article showcasing Alyeska Resort, Zach had a spectacular, two page photo jumping off Lolo’s at sunset. He still occasionally competes in Big Mountain competitions, in the adult league now. He was 2nd place at the Red Bull “Wrangle the Chute” contest in Kicking Horse, British Columbia, 15th in the Freeskiing World Tour (FWT) event at the Argentine National championships, and 17th at the FWT event at the Chilean National championships.
Zach’s adventurous spirit extends beyond skiing too. He has climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa, the Grand Teton in Wyoming, and numerous peaks in the Chugach mountains. He is a four time age-group winner at the Mt Marathon race in Seward, AK. He’s completed a three month adventure thru the Amazon Rainforest including a 30-day canoe trip in the Amazon basin, and a 28-day backpacking trek in the high cerrado of Brazil (look it up). In the summer, he is a deckhand on a purse seiner in Prince William Sound.
Zach says, “The Chugach Mountains are a skiers paradise. The lift served terrain at Alyeska is as good as most backcountry areas around the world. Get out and ski it - snow, sleet, rain, or shine and you can ski anything and anywhere.”
Zach is sponsored by Alyeska Resort, Blizzard skis, Tecnica boots, Smith Optics, Soul Poles, and Purplejumpsuit Apparel.