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Meet The Winter Home Team

At Stio, we live the mountain life and are fueled by the moments that come with it—the experiences worth sharing. This winter’s home team is filled with outdoor advocates and aspiring athletes, skiers and snowboarders, avalanche educators and more.

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Being on the Home Team means having a passion for exploring the outdoors and actively sharing stories about those experiences, whether through words or photos or videos. Throughout the season, the Home Team shares stories from their epic and everyday adventures on social media, follow along @stio and #stiohometeam.

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Austin Gibney | @austin_gibney

School Counselor, Outdoor Educator, Snowboarder, Dad | Colorado

Austin’s passion for playing outside started at a young age during family camping trips. In his pursuit to spend more time outside, he started working in outdoor education, predominantly for the Colorado Outward Bound School. He realized the real value of his work was developing people (and himself) for everyday life, not just for the mountains. This inspired him to earn a master’s degree in Clinical and School Counseling. 

Today, Austin lives in Colorado with his family, works as a school counselor and runs the outdoor education program for the school district. In the winter he snowboards, and in the summers he enjoys river surfing, mountain biking, and climbing. Along the way, he has also been a freeride coach, filmmaker, athlete, cook and advocate to reduce conflicts between different backcountry user groups.

Ashley Murray | @ashley.l.murray

Avalanche Educator, Skier, Search and Rescue Volunteer | Vermont

Ashley is a ski instructor of 14 seasons, and avalanche educator currently based in central VT at Killington Mountain. She loves to explore new spaces and finds happiness in sharing the skills she’s learned with others. Ashley is a volunteer on her local search and rescue team and going into her second season of being an avalanche educator with East Coast Avalanche Education (ECAE), a certified B-corp organization, at Mount Washington in the White Mountains of NH and Smugglers Notch State Forest. 

An environmentalist with a background in watershed science, and a proponent of outdoor equality, working for ECAE has given Ashley the opportunity to teach women’s/non-binary-specific courses, and advocate for causes she believes in. A passionate outdoors person and "forever student," she is always pursuing experiences in backcountry exploration, outdoor education, and wilderness medicine.

Avery Ardovino | @averyardovino

Graphic Design & Marketing, Mountain Lover, Skier & Speed Flyer | Idaho  

Formerly a Nordic Jumper on the US Ski Team, Avery transitioned to leisure skiing after a professional career that took her around the globe. Avery is a four-seasoned athlete who thrives in the elements, whether speed-flying off peaks, running around local hills, or skiing down snowy slopes.

Beyond her outdoor pursuits, Avery channels her creativity into graphic design and marketing. She is a fierce advocate for fostering a community of individuals who inspire each other to be their best and is always finding ways to get groups of women into the outdoors together.

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Cole Hendrickson | @colahen

Hydrologist, Fisheries Biologist, Skier | Oregon

Cole lives in the heart of the Cascade Mountains in Sisters, Oregon. He works for the State as a hydrologist, protecting water quality and quantity, while collaborating with Eastern Oregon communities to address complex water issues in their basins. Cole is a fisheries biologist, policy analyst, and environmental manager by training.

Being newer to Oregon, Cole is working on being more involved with the Sisters Trail Alliance and is currently in the recruitment process for the Deschutes County Search and Rescue. Aside from work and volunteering, Cole is an avid mountain biker, bikepacker, backpacker, hiker, skier, fisher, surfer, and dedicated hobby enthusiast.

Eliza Cowie | @elizacowie

Air Quality and Environmental Lobbyist, Skier | Utah 

Eliza is an air quality and environmental lobbyist, located in Salt Lake City, and calls the Wasatch her backyard and Alta her home base. In the winter, when the legislative session is in full force, she keeps her skis, boots, and figment kit in the backseat next to suit coats and dress shoes so that she can easily hop between two completely separate worlds that physically exist only 30 minutes from each other. In the fall and spring, that ski kit gets swapped out for bike shorts so that she can lead her weekly women’s bike group, WAP Wednesdays (come join us!).

Eliza grew up in a small town nestled in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Her parents, an environmental writer and lawyer, met as singles in the t-bar line at their local Cannon Mountain and she spent her childhood exploring and learning how to best protect the places she loved most. Her interests in community resiliency and outdoor recreation grew from there and she’s worked to preserve and support mountain towns and outdoor recreation since graduating from St. Lawrence University in 2017.

Kevin Doherty-Regalia | @kdohreg_16

Physical Therapy Student, Skier, Ski Patroler | Washington

Kevin grew up in a suburban town just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. At the young age of 3, his parents had him skiing throughout the mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. After graduating college in Boston, Kevin joined the US Coast Guard and was stationed in Seattle, Washington. After a 5-year career in the military, Kevin has remained in Seattle and is now a full time graduate student in a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Washington.

Kevin enjoys many facets of skiing, such as big mountain freeriding, backcountry, park, and ski mountaineering. When not bagging cascade volcano peaks or competing in freeride competitions, Kevin can be found volunteering as a ski patroller at Crystal Mountain. Volunteering in this role has provided a way to give back to the skiing community, ensuring a safe environment for all to properly recreate in the mountains. In addition to skiing, volunteering, and studying, Kevin also enjoys competing in triathlons, backpacking, and spending time with his wife and dog.  

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Maia Bickert | @maia_bickert

Business Owner, Volunteer, Skier, | California

Maia is a lifetime South Lake Tahoe local, and lover of all things outdoors. While pursuing a career in professional alpine ski racing, a torn ACL and life-changing diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes shifted her focus. Maia volunteers as a coach at Riding On Insulin--a camp to empower kids living with Type 1 Diabetes to participate in action sports while managing chronic illness, manages her own business, and in her free time, she loves to backcountry ski, rip arcs down groomers and ice skate high alpine lakes.

She sees the need for more inclusivity in the outdoor world, and wants to share her story of chronic illness and perseverance to inspire others to keep pushing. 

Martha Howe | @shotwellhowe

Photographer, Videographer, Skier | Utah

Born and raised in the small, rural town of Sunapee, New Hampshire, Martha grew up hiking, camping, skiing and playing soccer. She spent her early 20’s working and going to college in Vermont before settling in Salt Lake City, UT to focus on skiing, photography and videography. Utah provides her with an endless landscape of inspiration for her work and she loves the outdoor community she has surrounded herself with.

“Spending long, hard days outside both for work and personal adventure has truly shaped who I am today and I can’t wait to learn what else this lifestyle has to teach me.”

Mike Emmet | @mikemmet_

Conservationist, Skier, Boat Captain | California

Originally from Maryland, Mike grew up skiing the small mountains of Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania. He cut his teeth on hardpack with edges dulled by handrails, and in 2016 moved to South Lake Tahoe... and hasn't left since.

Skiing was Mike’s first true passion, but he has recently gotten into freediving and scuba diving as a means to remove trash from Lake Tahoe and the rivers and streams that make up its watershed. This began as a way for Mike to pass time and recover from a broken back in an April 2022 ski accident, but quickly became something that he wanted to build on. Mike began volunteering with a non-profit called Clean Up the Lake in early 2022, and as of December 2023 he is in the process of starting a non-profit of his own specifically for his conservation diving efforts in the rivers and streams of the Lake Tahoe basin.

Mike works long hours in the summertime as a licensed 50 Ton USCG Boat Captain in order to free up his time in the winter.

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Rachel Nawrocki | @rachel_nawrocki

Registered Dietitian, Fitness Trainer, Skier | Montana

Rachel's passion for skiing propelled her to compete at the NCAA D1 level in alpine ski racing during her college years. After ending her competitive career, Rachel moved out West and has developed a love for the beauty, challenges, and solitude of backcountry skiing. For the past 2 summers, she has coached for Keely’s Camp at Mount Hood, in which she loves teaching and being a part of building a positive and inspiring environment for young females in the sport.

Currently, Rachel is a Registered Dietitian and personal trainer based in Bozeman, MT. She remains an avid skier, immersing herself in backcountry skiing, as well as skiing at the local resorts. Oh, and she always brings tasty snacks in her pack.

Shawna Troupe | @shawnatroupe

Physical Therapist, Skier, Mountaineer | Wyoming

Shawna is a Washington native who moved to Jackson 2 years ago to enjoy all the skiing, trail running, and climbing Jackson has to offer. A former collegiate cross country and track runner, she loves pushing herself on long objectives in the mountains. When not working at Four Pines Physical Therapy, you can usually find her adventuring in the Tetons. In the winter, she loves long adventure days backcountry skiing and ice climbing, as well as snowy trail runs with her dog Jasper.

Spencer Lutsky | @spenceradventure802

Middle Schooler, Skier, Climber, Adventurer | Vermont

Spencer is 13 years old and loves being outdoors. In the summer he is a mountain biker and climber, and in the winter can be found skiing in the backcountry or at the resort, climbing ice, or playing in the snow. A middle schooler, Spencer fits in adventures when he can even if that means waking up early to get out before school. He loves going fast, deep powder and big sends.

Spencer spends his time outdoors with his twin sister, his parents and his dog Cam. Spencer loves sharing his adventures and passion for the outdoors, and hopes he can inspire more people to get outside and have fun!

Follow the Stio Home Team adventures on instagram with the hashtag #stiohometeam.

If you’re interested in joining the Home Team, stay tuned for the next application period opening in April.

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