BLAIR HABENICHT – Mountain Ambassador since 2009
PC: Tsutomu Endo.
A product of two snow obsessed local skiers who met after nearly colliding on Sunnyside in the mid 70’s, professional snowboarder Blair Habenicht has been riding Crystal Mountain since he was two-years-old.
Since graduating from Western Washington University and becoming a professional snowbaorder, Blair has stacked up international coverage in most every snowboard magazine in print, landing a cover shot for the September 2012 issue Snowboarder Magazine. In the same stretch of time he has filmed more than 10 video parts, including a shared part with good friend Lucas Debari in Absinthe Films, Nowhere, which won Best Snowboard Segment of the Year at the 2010 NYC Snow Film Festival. Blair is also a featured writer for Snowboarder Magazine, ESPN Snowboarding, as well as a contributor to various other print and online snowboard publications.
Sponsors: Lib Technologies, Smartwool, Volcom, Dragon, Drink Water, Crystal Mountain
Absinthe Films, “Resonance” 2012
Absinthe Films, “Twe12ve” 2011
Standard Films, “TB20” 2011
Absinthe Films, “Nowhere” 2010
V-Co Film Productions, “9191” 2010
Think Thank Productions, “Left Brain/ Right Brain” 2010
Think Thank Productions, “Cool Story” 2009
Think Thank, “Stack Footy” 2008
Absinthe Films, “Ready” 2008
2011 Contest highlights:
3rd, Freeride World Tour, Revelstoke, BC
5th, Legendary Mt. Baker Banked Slalom
2nd, Dirksen Derby, Bend Or
1st, 12th Annual Nate Chute Banked Slalom (In Memory of Aaron Robinson)
Morgan Hebert – Mountain Ambassador since 2016
Born and raised in Alaska, Morgan learned from a young age his passion for snowboarding. His father (originally from Washington,) showed him pictures of the Cascade Mountains throughout his childhood, which later inspired his move to the Pacific Northwest. Once Morgan was 18 he migrated south to get in touch with his roots, branch out, and experience a PNW winter. Since his migration to the lower-48, Morgan has filmed with various crews in the States and in Japan. Most recently he filmed with Warren Miller Productions in Alaska and is featured in the 2016 Warren Miller Film, “Here, There & Everywhere.”
- 1st place in FWQ 2* @ Sierra-at-Tahoe 2016
- 2nd Place in FWQ 4* @ Crystal Mountain 2016
- 4th Place in SFS/Masters Of Snowboarding @ Big Sky, MT 2016
- 2nd place in Tailgate + Crude Magazine Valdez Banked Slalom 2016
- Filmed segment for Warren Miller 2016 film, “Here, There & Everywhere.”
- Points North Heli-Adventures Inc. Poster Ad / Chugach Mountains, AK
Sponsors: Crystal Mountain, YES. Snowboards, Homeschool Outerwear, Boarderline Legacy Alaska, Aurora Projekt, Union Binding Company, Stohke.
BRIAN HOPPER – Mountain Ambassador since 2013
Brian is a Northwest native, growing up at Crystal Mountain, and spending as much time on snow as possible! With the wet marine climate of the Northwest, Brian has grown to enjoy the sometimes heavy, wet snow that blankets the Cascades. Brian has been featured in numerous ski publications and involved in the snow-sports industry for over 20 years. He continues to evolve and innovate himself with the sport.
Brian enjoys spending time with his family, especially teaching his son and daughter how to ski and passing on his passion for the sport to the next generation. For more info, check out his website or his facebook page.
Sponsors: Crystal Mountain Resort, Liberty Skis, Hestra, LEKI, Pret & Thorlos
DREW TABKE – Mountain Ambassador since 2012
Drew Tabke was born, raised and learned to ski in Utah. He moved to Washington in 2008 after graduating from the University of Utah, and he’s called Crystal Mountain his home hill ever since. He’s competed at the world level in freeride for more than ten years, has been crowned world champion twice, and was the top-ranked American in the world in 2016. He continues to represent the Crystal Mountain (and his country) as he competes on the Freeride World Tour in 2017. In addition to competing, he ski guides in Chile in the summers, and in Valdez, Alaska with H2O Guides in the spring.
Check out his latest project from Alaska this year.
Sponsors: First Ascent/Eddie Bauer, Praxis Skis, Giro, Crystal Mountain, Panda Poles, Look/Lange, Backcountry.com.
2016: 3rd place FWT Haines, Alaska
2015: 3rd place FWT Chamonix, France
2015: 5th place FWT Haines, Alaska
2015: 5th place FWT Verbier, Switzerland
2013: World Champion Freeride World Tour
2013: 1st place, Freeride World Tour, Chamonix, France
2012: 1st place, Freeride World Tour Fieberbrunn, Austria
2012: 3rd place, combined Freeskiing/Freeride World Tour Canadian Championship, Revelstoke, Canada
INGRID BACKSTROM – Mountain Ambassador since 2007
Ingrid Backstrom grew up in Seattle where she spent her winters skiing down Crystal Mountain and her summers hiking back up it on backpacking trips with her parents and two younger brothers. After graduating from Whitman College, the call of the mountains drew her to Squaw Valley, California, to put in what she thought would be a yearlong stint as a ski bum. It only took a few freeskiing contests, however, for Ingrid to realize that she had found her niche, and that she’d be calling the mountains home for a long, long time. Ingrid’s star is on a phenomenal rise, as her string of first-place titles shows. She recently won awards for “Best Female Performance” and “Breakthrough Performance” (for her segment in Matchstick Productions’ film Yearbook) at the 2005 Powder Magazine Video Awards, Best Female Performance at the 2006 Powder Awards, and People’s Choice Award at the 2007 Powder Awards. When she’s not skiing, Ingrid still stays outside as much a possible, running and biking to relax and keep fit. Ingrid is grateful for the opportunities that her sport brings her, especially getting to travel and ski with “amazing people around the world.”
Sponsors: North Face, Volkl, Technica, Marker, Scott USA & Crystal Mountain.
Accomplishments: Too many to list.
TYLER CECCANTI – Mountain Ambassador since 2007
Tyler has called Crystal Mountain home since learning how to ski its slopes at the age of two. He was enrolled in the local race program CMAC but soon started venturing into backcountry. At 13, Tyler entered his first big mountain competition against the men and placed 5th, respectively. He hopped on the Jr. extreme skiing tour and competed around the U.S. Currently, Tyler’s main focus is filming and shooting photos in the backcountry. He has appeared in multiple Warren Miller films and plans on shooting with them again, along with filming his personal web series Snowchasers, which follows Tyler’s skiing throughout the winter season. Check out Tyler’s website and for his latest videos check out Snowchasers.
Sponsors: Crystal Mountain, K2 skis, Smith Optics, Spyder, Full Tilt, Arcade Belts, Marker Bindings
2012: Featured in Warren Miller’s “Flow State”
2011: Featured in Warren Miller’s “Like There is No Tomorrow”
2009: featured in Warren Miller’s “Dynasty”
2009: 7th Red Mountain Freeskiing Championship
2008: 1st Red Bull Cold Rush Viewers Choice, 9th Red Bull Cold Rush, 14th Freeskiing Competition (Taos, NM), 1st Silver King Freeride (Crystal Mountain)
2007: 1st Junior US Extreme Skiing Championships (Crested Butte, CO), 6th Junior Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships (Red Mountain), 2nd Junior Smith Optics Freeskier Comp (Fernie, BC), 4th Silver King Freeride (Crystal Mountain, WA)
2006: 3rd, Junior Silver King Freeride (Crystal Mountain, WA)
2004: 2nd, Junior Silver King Freeride (Crystal Mountain, WA)
2003: 1st, Junior Silver King Freeride (Crystal Mountain, WA)