By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 6 years ago March 15, 2018

WATCH: Guiding & Chasing Pow in the French Alps

Black Diamond athlete and guide for Eleven Experience, Mike Barney, left his Silverton, Colorado home to chase the snow to Europe and get his first taste of the French Alps. He met up with fellow Eleven Guide Jean-Noel Gaidet in the village of Le Miroir, where his family has lived for five generations and home to Eleven's Chalet Pelerin. After three days of snow, they spent the next four days traversing the high mountains in the Tarentaise Valley and over the Italian border, skiing in the shadow of Mont Blanc and finding common ground in their commitment to guiding.

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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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