By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 9 months ago February 24, 2023

Backcountry & Cat Ski Guiding - The Flakes Podcast

In this special episode of The Flakes Podcast, BA sits down with professional backcountry ski guide, Tahoe local, and friend, Sam Hamilton. They discuss the life of a backcountry ski guide, the tools they use to keep people safe, why it's important to be properly trained and prepared to ski the backcountry, and much more.

The Flakes Podcast is sponsored by Arc'teryx. Arc’teryx is a Canadian company based in the Coast Mountains. With a design process connected to the real world, Arc’teryx focuses on delivering gear that is durable and exceeds expectations for unrivaled performance. With more than 2,400 retail locations worldwide, including over 160 branded stores, Arc’teryx is always evolving and searching for a better way to deliver resolved, minimalist designs that makes lives better. Visit to learn more.

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Sam Collentine


Sam Collentine is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenSnow and lives in Basalt, Colorado. Before joining OpenSnow, he studied Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado, spent time at Channel 7 News in Denver, and at the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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