About Teton FreeRide
Teton FreeRide is a content based blog founded and operated by Mike "Mikey" Leake. Mikey has lived in the Teton Valley region of southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming most of my life. He has also had the opportunity to live and play in the Lake Tahoe area, and now, Alaska too!
After competing on the Freeskiing World Tour on-and-off for 10 years Mikey has transitioned to judging various events and become an advisory board member with the International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association (IFSA). Over the past 13 years he has worked in the ski industry through skiing as an athlete, coach, guide, ski patrol, event coordinator, event judge, marketing consultant, team manager, videographer, and as an associate producer. Mikey has a true passion for the outdoor industry and tries to be involved in every aspect possible.
Author Archives: Mikey
By Mikey | Published: March 4, 2015
Checking in from Driggs, ID and I don’t really know where to start. It has been a tough winter, but a fun one none-the-less. I left a very wet and un-winter like Alaska in mid December for the Tetons to spend part of the winter back at the Ghee working ski patrol. The first few [...]
By Mikey | Published: April 6, 2014
Climbing season in Denali National Park typically begins around mid April. Though there are winter assents of routes and peaks, the majority of the Alaska Range does not see consistent winter travel. Similarly, though there is a fare bit of skiing that takes place within the range, Denali National Park does not have a “ski [...]
By Mikey | Published: March 12, 2014
In late February 2014, a group of us headed out to complete the Bomber Traverse of the Talkeenta Mountains in Alaska. The traverse includes 20+ miles of alpine and glacial travel, 6-10 thousand feet of assenting and defending, 3 different backcountry huts, and all with 40+ lb packs. During such a mild, dry and overall [...]
By Mikey | Published: December 19, 2013
It is always good to get home to the Tetons and that is exactly what Michelle and I were able to do the first part of December. After a quick stop in Denver for Thanksgiving Boyd style, we shot up to Teton Valley to hang with my fam and get our pow legs in tune [...]
By Mikey | Published: September 19, 2013
With winter right around the corner, I imagine most people are preparing as they always do, with dry land training, sets at the gym, dusting off gear, and watching ski movies. For many these are fall rituals. Mine are typically right along those lines, and of course, this goes hand in hand with great [...]