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CHRIS COULTER

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Currently resides: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Guides for: Silverton Mountain Guides
Current sponsors: Eddie Bauer, Jones Snowboards,
Blue Bird, Cheetah Factory Racing
Bindings: Surge Pro

 

Chris Coulter has been snowboarding for more than two decades. Originally drawn to contests and coaching, Chris now focuses primarily on the backcountry. Working as a guide in Colorado, Alaska, Chile, and Argentina, he spends his year “chasing winter” around the world and taking people into the mountains.  “That’s what makes me happy,” he said, “sharing the mountains, playing with gravity, and getting to know people through this great experience of riding snow.”

 

Q & A

How long have you been guiding?

Over 11 years now.

 

Who has most influenced you as a guide and how?

Skylar Holgate, Fabio Grasso, Aaron Brill, Reggie Crist, Tom Wayse, Scott Newsome  to be honest this list goes on and on. Almost everyone I interact with in the mountains - coworkers, clients, and instructors - all influence me. My peers in general influence me to better myself all the time, and reflect on good and bad days. Self and group analysis of your time in the mountains helps you get better. If you're spending time in the mountains and you are not learning, than you're not paying attention.

 

What certifications do you have?

I have my Avalanche Pro 1 and OEC.

 

What are you most excited about for the 21/22 season?

Exploring more in Colorado and Alaska. Hopefully getting back to South America. Mostly getting out for more walks on my splitboard.

 

Why ride Spark R&D gear?

Spark R&D gear is light, durable, and works great in the harsh winter elements. It's easy to use making transitioning fast and intuitive. Spark R&D makes improvements on their products every season. It's truly been a pleasure and a life changing experience to use the Spark products the last ten years.

 

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