Conor Toumarkine – Director/Editor: Conor Toumarkine grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is there that his love for the outdoors and passion for photography and videography originally developed. After graduating high school he slowly worked his way west to bigger mountains and deeper snow. For the last 15 years Conor has been shooting one camera or another and growing his passion into a career. Conor loves to tell stories of human emotion and triumph. He finds no greater satisfaction than being able to drop a viewer into a story so that they can experience a life event the way he did. He is the owner of Shreddy Times, the adventure sports production company.
Roy Tuscany – Producer/Executive Director High Fives Foundation: Growing up in Waterbury, Vermont meant that Roy Tuscany grew up on the mountain. After obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Vermont, Roy headed west reaching for his goal of being a professional freeskier. In 2006, Roy overshot a jump at Mammoth Mountain resulting in an injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. The communities of Northern Vermont and Truckee, California poured incredible support into his recovery, literally bringing Roy back to his feet and catalyzing the vision for the High Fives Foundation. Roy's pay-it-forward venture replicated the immense level of support for other winter action sports athletes recovering from life-altering injuries. He has overseen a number of film projects, including the award winning vital B.A.S.I.C.S series. He lives in Truckee, CA with his wife, Michelle, and enjoys all things that keep him active.
Tony Schmiesing - High Fives Athlete/Music Supervisor: Growing up in Newport Beach, CA and spending a curious amount of time in the mountains for someone with saltwater infused DNA, Tony developed an indiscriminate passion for surf/ski/skate at a young age. In 1980, after miscalculating a dive off a jetty, he broke his neck and became a C 4-5 quadriplegic. 30 years later, drawn by the gravity of the Sierras and that same indiscriminate passion, he took adaptive ski lessons at Disabled Sports USA Far West in Tahoe. It was after those pivotal lessons he met two life-changing friends; Roy Tuscany at the High Fives Foundation and Brian Sheckler, instructor/coordinator at DSUSAFW. As a High Fives Athlete , Tony has had the opportunity to push the boundaries of what was thought possible for a quadriplegic skier. He studied film at UC Berkeley, is a graphic designer and writes about life, skiing, music and whatever else scratches his soul at fasterbarnacle.com.
Brian Sheckler - Team Member/Badass Ski Partner: Born and raised in Wyoming, Brian started skiing at age 4 in Jackson Hole. He moved to Tahoe after college to ski deep snow (back when it actually snowed in Tahoe). He worked at Disabled Sports USA Far West for 7 years, where he was an instructor/program coordinator. When not skiing or teaching skiing or lapping a superpipe with Tony, he’s an avid fly fisherman, hockey player and chauffeur to his golden retriever, Linus. He is currently working as a resident firefighter and ski patrolling at Homewood.
Travis Callison - Team Member/Badass Personal Care Provider: Growing up in the Bay Area with a close friend who suffered a spinal cord injury, Travis quickly discovered the rewards of caring for others. He has been Tony's main personal care giver for over a decade. Their friendship and fluid way of working together has opened many incredible doors over the years, and enabled both of them to meet life’s adventures and challenges with a tremendous deal of grace and ease (including several winterless winters in California!). Travis hosts a weekly meditation group in Berkeley, is a performing singer/songwriter and also likes to slide on snow.
Points North Heli-Adventures (The Quinns, Duncan Sisson, Tino Villanueva and staff) - Based in Cordova Alaska, Points North is known as… hell… what could be said here that hasn’t been said in a dozen Warren Miller films or countless photos. Straight up next level s**t. True believers… Full stop.