1. Ben White
Ben White grew up in New England, learning to ski before he could read in the racing scene of Attitash in New Hampshire. He then dove into the backcountry, skiing all 48 peaks over 4000 feet in New Hampshire in a single season when he was 17. A few months later, he moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah. In his first two seasons he focused on backcountry snow safety as well as rock and ice climbing. Currently, Ben focuses on long backcountry tours where he can watch both the sunrise and the sunset in the same day, coupled with skiing a challenging and aesthetic line. He can often be found at Snowbird, and he has recently begun to use a speed wing in conjunction with skis to fly down mountains on both snow and in the air. This season he hopes to link up multiple steep lines and speed flights in a single day, as well as work on skiing more of the 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America.