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Eider I Get After It Ambassador Contest

Love ripping down the mountain every chance you get? Is a powder day your nirvana? Do you sleep with your POV camera on?  Ok maybe not that far, but if photographing, Facebooking, Tweeting, Instagraming, and blogging your mountain adventures is as second nature as clicking into your skis, we want to hear from you.  

Eider is looking for like-minded snow enthusiasts to join our team of passionate skiers and snowboarders. With a photo or video and 200 words or less, show and tell us how you get after it (ahem…on the mountain), and why you think you’d be a great Eider ambassador.  Team Eider, including Super Frenchie, Matthais Giraud and Freeskier/Photographer, Tom Winter, will select two winners who will win a $1,000 allowance to use on Eider gear, along with the chance to continue to serve as an ambassador in future years. This contest ends March 18 at 11:59 PM MT and is only open to residents of the United States. The winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. 

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An aerospace engineer turned snow bum, I’ve been fighting wildfire and making snow for the last three years to support myself while I chase powder and compete in big mountain snowboard competitions across the country. I base myself in a different ski town each winter, but I invariably wind up spending a lot of time in my custom lifted 4x4 campervan, complete with woodburning stove. I always carry a camera, and I photograph, video, and write about my oddball jobs and adventures (jakeniece.com / @jakeniece), so you might as well let me post to your tubes, too! So far I’ve done Steamboat, Jackson Hole, and Telluride. Where should I go next season?
One snowy night 25 years ago, two ski bums, that happened to be ski patrollers, made one extraordinary good looking baby… This baby grew up to be one badass. He now travels all over the world skiing and BASE jumping. He resides in Steamboat Springs, CO and skis over 200 days a year. He likes long walks on short beaches, is a Sagittarius, and enjoys a clean game of scrabble. He ended up racing NCAA in college and then took his skills to the big mtn. He can now be seen competing on the Freeride World Tour. He coaches the local junior big mtn team as well. When not skiing he likes to speed fly, paraglide, snow kite, and BASE jump. His favorite place in the world is Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. He prefers hot moms and is always on the hunt for a sugar mama.
I could tell some complex story about how I live a double life on skis, but I think that I’m just going to keep it simple. I love to ski. I love it more than anything else. That means that I try to get after it in any way possible. Whether it’s jumping of my favorite cliffs on powder days or joining the high school race team so I could go up to the mountain during the week to for “training” I love the feeling of sliding on snow. There is no form of skiing that is more fun than the other, as long as you are at the mountain, and strapped to a pair of skis. On a powder day, I love the exhilaration and rush as I fly through the air over rocks followed by the feeling of success as I ski away still standing. Race days are just as fun, and there is nothing better than flying down a course, completely focused on the snow around you and the next two gates. My love for skiing has led me to discover some incredible things, and I hope it allows me to continue doing this in the future.
Skiing has been in my blood since the age of 6 when I was fortunate to ski in the Catskills of New York. After that weekend trip, I was hooked into a lifestyle that has continued for the past 50+ years. My passion for the sport guided me to run ski trips in Jr High, and to work for a very cool ski camp in Vermont, known as Trailside, where the emphasis on ecology and a love of the mountains was espoused. This experience led me to the West where I have been fortunate to ski the Sierras, Little Cottonwood Canyon, and Jackson Hole. When I am on a mountain with two boards on cold snow, I am at one with the nature that surrounds me. I find that I am driven to capture the silence and beauty with my camera, so that others may experience this space. I am alive and my love for this sport is contagious. I would be grateful to have the opportunity to represent Eider in their pursuit of spreading this passion for the sport and the grandeur of the mountains.
My name is Ben Jacklet, and I've been shredding powder for 40 years. Even with crap apparel and gear, I can still hang with anyone, anywhere. That's changing this year: new apparel, new gear, and I'm getting back into it waist-deep, quitting my corporate journalism job to launch ShredHood.org, a kick-ass web publication covering everything having to do with Oregon's $500 million ski industry. I've been a journalist for 25 years, and now I'm gonna make like James Brown and do my own thing. I live in Portland and ski all over Mount Hood and surrounding backcountry, and I'll be interviewing and photographing slopestyle studs and racing stars and tough old backcountry dudes and hot young entrepreneurs. Everyone will see my sweet Eider gear, and I will tell everyone how much I love it. I'll also put a nice fat sponsorship logo on the site, just e-mail me a j-peg. I also own the domains ShredWhistler, ShredKillington and more.
Blood, Sweat, tears. Tears of joy really. Because the endorphins you receive on the climb up are only a catalyst for the intense adrenaline rush that envelops your whole being as you ride down. Self-propelled skiing should not be classified with other forms where a machine does all the work uphill. I may only get two or three runs in a day, but each one is untracked fall-line powder lasting thousands of feet. I get after it with that hunger for the ultimate rush - and sometimes that rush is stillness. The absence of sound. of crowds. Of people with something to prove. Out in the backcountry, the only motivation that you have to keep going is that will inside - the one that says "keep going, you are almost there!" - Even if you still have a long way to go. Perhaps you can get more vertical in a snowcat or helicopter. But it takes much more effort than a skin up, for working the hours to afford a heli trip takes longer, and has much less satisfaction, than every heart-pounding step upward. That's how I get after it. And every time I am blessed with indescribable reward.
I am a native to Colorado and not only have a passion for the outdoors and physical challenges it demands, but a magnetic pull to the mountains. My family grew up skiing and my father would always tell people that our mountains have a magnetic force that pulls people toward them. I believe that I have this in my very bones, heart and soul. The Mountains just take my breath away and everyday when I wake up to the avalanche bombs and breathe in that crisp fresh air I am happy to be alive and ready to shred! When I am on the mountain, on the chair lift, and especially carving down or hiking to the next best line I feel my best. I am in my element of what I was born and love to do. I get so stoked on life and the lifestyle wants to share it with others. Sharing and experience the same thrill I dream of and wake up to do every day. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by likeminded positive people that love the sport and the lifestyle as much as I do. Because it keeps me motivate to wake up and do the many jobs I have, to live the way I do. Work hard and play hard has been my motto, along with jumping on every opportunity that is presented for a new exciting experience and to meet like minded people that are stoked on life and snow. That is why after viewing this I had to jump it thank you for your time, and journey on.
I was a tour guide for road trips around the USA over the summer and my fave stop throughout the entire states was none other than Jackson, Wyoming. So immediately after the summer, I bought an Eider ski coat, grabbed a friend, and moved to Jackson Hole to stay. Yet that seems too cliche, and as much as I want more Eider gear...my man Greg would be a way better ambassador. Paralyzed only 4 years ago from mid-chest down, he rips mono-skiing and has the most positive attitude that I've ever been around. I've literally never met someone more enthusiastic about skiing (and apres ski). He not only makes the sport super fun for everyone around him, his outlook on life makes you thankful for every moment that you get to enjoy the luxury of skiing. Greg would probably be the sickest ambassador you could find.
I started skiing before walking. After deciding that it was my true passion somewhere in my teenage years I never really looked back. Moved to Colorado, joined the freestyle ski team and started pushing myself. Now all I want to do is explore new terrain and share my experiences in order to push all my friends to follow their dreams too. From hucking cliffs on pow days to pioneering new backcountry terrain while climbing mountains with kites, I love it all. Here is my snowkiting edit from last year for you to check out. https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.mccabe
I get after it by keeping my mind sharp. Skiing is all about figuring out what is possible and convincing yourself that what you are about to do is correct. I maintain a zen attitude towards my skiing, you know, that whole thing about the mind being at rest before the body can be at work. While a large part of the sport does require physical conditioning, skiing to me, is all about how it feels. Part of the way it feels is in your head and you can't reach your full potential unless you overcome this space. When I ski, I feel nothing in the present. All of my emotions come either before or after my skiing, but never during. When you are committed to doing something, nothing can stop you. My students have even called me, "monastic." I coach freestyle skiing and trampoline with the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club, so I'm always sending it. I have some tramp and flips in other edits of mine, but this one is all about leisurely pow which, as we all know, is the best thing ever.


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