Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Rick Armstrong has been skiing since he learned to walk. His ski adventures have taken him from the 14,000-foot peaks of Colorado, the Himalaya, four trips to Antarctica, and to the most remote backcountry of China and Mongolia. Now based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Rick has accomplished many difficult and exposed first descents in mountain ranges around the world. Rick was the first person to have both skied and snowboarded the famous Grand Teton in Wyoming (not to mention being the second person to fly over it in a paraglider). Rick’s roots lie in ski mountaineering, and his background includes extensive ice and rock climbing, snowboarding and paragliding. He has worked as a heli-ski and ice-climbing guide in Alaska and as a paragliding instructor in Jackson, Wyoming. He is a, class-3 avalanche forecaster and an alumnus of Fort Lewis College. He has been featured in more than fifty films and has had multiple television appearances. You may have seen him being interviewed on MTV, ESPN and the Discovery Channel and photos of Rick that have appeared in magazines such as Outside, Mennsweek, Powder, Ski, Skiing and many others. Rick is sponsored by Salomon Ski, boots and bindings, The North Face clothing and outdoor equipment and Smith Sport Optics. Rick is considered to be an industry expert and insider on the multifaceted disciplines of skiing.
Rick the entrepreneur – Once nominated for a prime-time emmy. Voted as Jackson Hole Business person of the year. One of the founders of Teton Gravity Research. Conceived and co-owns www.yogatoday.com . He has interviewed Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Mick Jones(The Clash), Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rusty Wallace to name a few. He has worked extensively with multiple fortune 500 Companies as a consultant and motivational speaker.