Current Transportation: I own many bikes and a rundown van.
Core Activities: Skiing
Non-Core Activities: Carpentry, mountain biking, swing bike building, guitar playing, painting
Favorite Places: Mt. Baker, Gold Hill, All the spine-covered mountains across the world
My Jam Is: Nothing but "Fire Tracks"
I Eat Lots Of: Spaghetti and Oatmeal
Fun Fact: My feet have been deformed by my ski boots.
Zack Giffin grew up skiing and playing soccer with two brothers in the small mining town of Gold Hill, Colorado. Years of ski trips and movie projects with brothers Jeff and Sam lead to involvement and eventual leadership of Right On Brother Productions, a film company now headed by Sam.
In 2003, Zack and Sam moved to Mt. Baker Washington to work in the terrain park and pursue film making in the Pacific North West, where they both still live. A close relationship with friend and photographer Grant Gunderson created many travel opportunities and photos published. Called one of Washington’s “Alpine Icons” by Ski Washington Magazine, Zack has been featured in every major ski magazine, and he has done video projects for ESPN, Skiing and Powder magazine.
These days you can find Zack traveling the winters in a 112 square foot Tiny House he built in the fall of 2011, or in a remote part of British Columbia filming for the upcoming Sweetgrass Productions release “Valhalla.”
I get the most use out of this jacket. Although it’s a mountaineering jacket without a powder skirt, it’s super light, fully waterproof and works great with the Vangaurd bib pants. I love the GORE-TEX Pro in the long, slender cut.
On a normal day I'll be in a base layer and the Maximus jacket with a Transcendent Hoody in my backpack. The shell works great for hiking and the decent. I'm much less likely to shed a layer before a hike because of it, and if I get chilled, I always have my Transcendent Hoody ready to go.
Pack Like A Pro with Zack Giffin’s Gear List
Pack these 50 essentials for a two-week glacier tour. [Read More]
Tiny House Tour Episode 3
A weak layer in the snowpack would require trepidation in the backcountry. [Read More]
Tiny House Tour Episode 1
Meet Ben Price, a true ski bum. [Read More]
Tiny House Tour Episode 2
Skiing the Mt. Baker backcountry never looked so good. [Read More]
Land of Riding Gaijin
The idea of traveling to Japan for skiing was first brought up in conversation in Argentina. At that time I was doing everything I could to keep my expenses to a minimum. The thought of traveling to… [Read More]
Festivus – a non religious celebration during the Christmas/Winter Solstice time.
Every year around Christmas, everyone in my family makes time for skiing with each other. It is partly because… [Read More]
Mt. Shuksan’s Hanging Glacier
Zack Giffin and Molly Baker ski the Hanging Glacier on Shuksan. [Read More]
Sano y Salvo: A Patagonia Ski Adventure
I’m not sure how many times it will take before I learn that I am not cut out to be a ski guide. Many times in the past I have made the mistake of judging avalanche conditions based on the expectation… [Read More]