Ski coach, beer brewer, and one hell of a freeskier, Santiago Guzman is a master at balancing and blending life and passion. He was born and raised in Bariloche, Patagonia. The son of ski instructors, he was on skis before he was 3 years old and spent many childhood winter seasons in the Italian Alps chasing snow with his family. “They worked, and I skied,” he says. “Good deal.” Ski racing was Santiago’s passion until he was 16—he’s a former national ski team member and South American junior champion. When he was 19, he started traveling by himself, seeking snow in Europe, Canada and the U.S., and exploring freeskiing, mixing park and backcountry. Whistler changed his perspective, and Mt. Baker triggered the addiction. Today, Santi spends half of the year in Bariloche coaching and working on his brewery, Fresco, and the rest of the year is spent chasing snow.
Santiago believes deeply in the power and importance of mentorship in snowsports. Having grown up in the competitve ski circuit in South America, he currently works as the coach of the Argentinian Youth Freeride team. He is passionate about passing his knowledge and experience in skiing and life onto the next generation of skiers.
2009 Founded Club Argentino de Freeski (Argentinian Freeskiing Club)
2015 Named Head Coach of Argentina Freeski Team
2017 Founded Fresco Brewing Company, El Chalten, Patagonia
2020 Feature Athlete, Outdoor Research x DPS Shadow Campaign