Ted Mahon

Photographer and Skier

Hometown

New York

Current

Aspen, Colorado

Ted found himself in Aspen, Colorado for the ski season right after college and never looked back. He followed his curiosities, which led him to things like ski mountaineering, trail running, and mountain climbing, and it’s taken Ted on adventures all around the world. He's been a ski instructor for the past 24 years in the winter seasons, in the summers Ted a guide on the peaks and trails around Aspen. The rest of the time Ted is out adventuring in all the same spots with his wife Christy, never sure of what the next chapter will bring.

What does living the mountain life mean to you?

The mountain life is about going with the natural day-to-day and seasonal flow rather than trying to impose my own pace and schedule on the world around me. Letting go of the prescribed schedule and expectations we put on ourselves and letting life follow its own natural course.

What's one of the best decisions you've ever made?

After exploring the ski town experience for two seasons it was time to make a decision. I could return back to where I grew up and resume the traditional path so many follow— career, family, house — or I could stay in the mountains, break from the plan and follow a new, unknown arc of mountain life. My decision to call the mountains home for good, was the best decision I ever made.

Describe what your perfect day in the outdoors looks like.

It’s the same for me in both summer and winter— up on a summit, after an early start and a big effort.

What's one reason you love working with Stio?

Stio has their finger on the pulse of the mountain community, so they know exactly what we all like and need, both in the technical mountain apparel and lifestyle category as well. They support the community who embraces the mountain lifestyle. I love how they take feedback honestly and use it to improve their products each season.

Do you have any goals or objectives for the coming year?

If the weather gods bless us with a good snow this winter, my wife Christy and I hope to continue with our local ski mountaineering project and climb and ski some more Colorado Bicentennial peaks. If travel comes back to normal after all the COVID disruptions we also hope to head to Europe, we love all the classic hut-to-hut tours you can do in various regions of the Alps— we have our eyes set wither on the Ortler Route in the Dolomites or the Silveretta tour in Austria.

How do you create balance in your life?

Balance isn’t a fixed state, it’s an often elusive goal we all have to work towards. As day-to-day life shifts the ground under our feet, we are continually knocked out of balance, and we have to make adjustments to find it again. For me, time outside pursuing activities I love can counter work and life commitments, and when I get the mix right, things feel in balance.

What styles are you most excited about this season, and where will you be taking them?

The Raymer line is the best! Spring skiing and ski mountaineering in April and May is one of my favorite times of the year. We’re hoping the snow continues to fall and we can get out on some new peaks in new ranges. And the Raymer will be the go-to pieces for me.

What does Let The Outside In mean to you?

The mountains and outdoors have so much to give to us, but only if we open ourselves up and are willing to accept it. Let the outside in, you might be surprised how much it has to offer.

Any other stories, facts, insights or advice you want to share with people?

We have a rule in the house, that is to always go. Life can get complicated and the day-to-day pressures may leave you feeling like you don’t have the time or energy to get outside, or accept an invite from a friend to do something fun. But when an opportunity presents itself for some adventure, big or small, don’t make excuses, always go. You’re almost always happy you did.