I’m a professional snowboarder born and raised in the town of Jackson, WY. I started skiing at the age of 2 with the support of my dad who was on the JHMR ski patrol for over 25 years. I switch over to snowboarding or a.k.a “ The Dark Side”, as my dad would call it, at the age of 6. With snowboarding being the new fun thing in the mountains it became clear to me that I wanted to work as hard as I possibly could to achieve the dream of being a professional snowboarder. I competed at a young age and as I got older I started to get more interested in the filming side of the sport. I grew up watching snowboard videos with idols I looked up to my whole life. The last three years I worked on the new Red Bull Media House movie called, “The Fourth Phase” and Arbor Snowboards movie, “ Cosa Nostra”. Im so grateful to be doing what I do for a living and wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of my sponsors and amazing family. I’m currently working on new film projects and hope to live this dream, for many more years to come.
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Raised in Sun Valley, ID, skiing became my passion. Ski racing gave me the drive for the perfect turn but soon would be pushed away. I entered my first big mountain competition at age 19 and won. That was when I knew I wanted to pursue big mountain skiing further. The years following lead to more podiums and achievements. Moving to Jackson Hole, WY at age 21 was one of my best decisions. The mountains offer so much opportunity. I have now switched my focus towards photography and film and pushing the sport of big mountain skiing. My passion for skiing continues to grow and I’m always looking for the next adventure.
Born in Austria, raised in Idaho, Griffin Post has spent the better part of the last decade traveling the world in search of mountains to ski. Appearing in the past seven films by Teton Gravity Research, Post has made significant descents from the Tetons to the Arctic Circle, earning accolades from ESPN and Powder magazine along the way. Transgressing the boundary between athlete and writer, the two-time US Extreme Freeskiing champion has also written about his adventures — from Alaska’s Brooks Range to the Chilean Andes — in the pages of Powder, Freeskier, and Skiing magazines.
Award-winning director Jon ‘JK’ Klaczkiewicz is known for producing films that go beyond the typical action sports formula. Whether climbing couloirs in the Arctic Circle, snowboarding in the Alps, or skiing in Alaska to get the shot, JK creates compelling content in the most challenging environments.
“Real stories inspire me most,” he says, which shows in a filmography heavy in documentary work. The 2009 documentary “Swift. Silent. Deep.,” which JK directed, produced, and co-wrote features the story of the exclusive, illusive band of ski bandits that make up the Jackson Hole Air Force. The film has stood the test of time winning Best Documentary at the Powder Awards and receiving multiple film festival nominations.
When big mountain snowboarding legend Jeremy Jones set out to redefine how he rides mountains and share his story in the groundbreaking trilogy of human-powered snowboard films “Deeper,” “Further,” and “Higher,” Jones called on JK. JK’s desire to create something different than what people expect, led to his being tapped to direct 2012’s “Further” which helped to propel Jones to a National Geographic Adventure Adventurer of the Year nod in 2013.
Actively producing and directing dozens of films and TV since 2000, JK’s director credits can also be found on “REVERENCE, The Kent Kreitler Story” (2004) and “Waiting Game” (2005), and as the Supervising Producer for Teton Gravity Research’s “High Life” (2003), which won Powder Magazine’s Movie of the Year and Best Powder. He has also produced commercial work for NBC, The North Face, Samsung, Red Bull, and most recently directed the critically acclaimed snowboard epic, “The Fourth Phase” for Red Bull Media House. JK is currently the Director of Content for Teton Gravity Research.
With a name known from both sides of the lens, JK has the shared experience of the core, but also the unusual capacity to create stories that appeal to a broader audience. He explains, “My hope is that audiences take away a new appreciation of the amazing places and personalities that we have the opportunity to share.”
Raised on the eastern coast of North Carolina, snowboarding became a passion of mine on a family ski trip in my teenage years. During my years in college I would always take my winter trips to places I was considering moving after graduating for the “one year snow sabbatical”. After a last minute trip to Jackson in January of 2007, I knew this is where I wanted to be.
Since moving to Wyoming in chase of the dream, what was originally a short term plan to ride every day and enjoy the scenery, has become a full time chase in search of deep powder and steep lines. This road, this never ending quest has brought me to many places I never thought I would have been, from standing on podiums at the North Face Masters to standing on top of enormous spine lines in Haines, Alaska. The reward of it all has been the journey and the friends that I have been able to share it with along the way. My passion for snowboarding is stronger than it has ever been and I’m always looking forward to the next adventure around the corner.
Rachael Burks is a Professional Skier based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She spent most of her ski career in Little Cottonwood Canyon learning with incredible fellow skiers of the Wasatch Mountains. She initiated her career by competing on the Freeskiing World Tour for several years. She won the RedBull ColdRush in 2012.
Burks has been in several Warren Miller Entertainment and Teton Gravity Research films. She starred in an all-women’s ski film called Pretty Faces and has segments in 2 other all women’s ski films: Shades of Winter and Catch Us If You Can.
She’s a board member of the Billy Poole Foundation non profit which is designed to inspire and empower disadvantaged youth by getting them out on the slopes. She’s passionate about the next generation of rippers and feels very lucky to have pursued a career in skiing when she did.
She has been nominated for several different Powder Video Awards and received Reader’s Poll Awards. Her most recent accomplishment was a three week expedition to ski Svalbard. Her article on the trip can be found here: (https://www.outdoorresearch.com/blog/article/skiing-svalbard-by-sailboat)
Rachael has skied all over the world however finds Jackson to be a ski mecca for advanced terrain. She looks forward to the 2018/19 season and is very thankful to be working out at Teton Sports Club via Crossfit Jackson Hole with a bunch of her fellow shredding friends and inspirational trainer!