The TREW Crew consists of diversely talented individuals whose lives revolve around sliding down snowy mountains. Some choose one plank and some choose two. Some free their heels and talk about freeing their minds. Others talk about tall PBRs and late night urban rails illuminated by truck headlights and camera flashes. Some are at the trailhead at 4 a.m. to start long climbs up tall peaks in search of sunrise pow turns. Some are on the first chair for a pow day, and some are on the last chair after shredding the pipe all day. Each member is original, each member pursues his or her dreams in the mountains, and they all wear TREW.
Photo By Lance Koudele
My name is Mike Barney and I live in Silverton, Co. I spend most of my time skiing or thinking about skiing. I have spent the last seven years in kind of a cycle. I start by working all summer milling wood on my wood-mizer. Then in the fall I shoot an elk and chop wood until it starts to snow. Early winter I spend skiing the backcountry around Silverton, Co. Then around March I head up to Alaska where I work as a ski guide for Valdez Heli Camps. In Alaska, I normally ski about 25 to 35 days out of the heli per season. Out of those days about 10 of them are truly amazing--perfect snow, no wind, no weather, and a good group. After a year of working to get ready for Alaska, I maybe get two perfect runs a season. The kind of run that three years later I can still describe every turn and recall the thoughts that ran through my head before I dropped in. So what my season depends on are these runs, getting one or two amazing lines. I started working for these runs along time ago and will happily work all summer in anticipation of next years.