Amy Kemp, managing editor
Amy loves fresh ideas as much as she loves fresh powder. After stints as a newspaper reporter, science writer and stem cell researcher, she landed at Vail Resorts where she carved a track in marketing, public relations and eventually social media and content marketing.
Recently, Amy left the corporate ski world to leap into entrepreneurship. She’s the founder of Mountaintop Media, an integrated storytelling agency specializing in public relations, social media and content marketing for the outdoor and travel industries. She’s also one of the cofounders of ELEVATE, the first coworking space in Frisco, Colo. with a new location opening in Breckenridge. Her focus is on building an outdoor rec tech hub here in Summit County.
If she’s not hosting a meetup or helping to organize Camp 9600, you can find her on the trails with her dog, kiddo and partner in adventure, Christopher. Or, find her virtually @skiergrrl.
Gregg Davis, technical editor
Gregg is working on his third decade living in Breck. After growing up skateboarding, snowboarding and loving the outdoors in the 80′s in Pennsylvania, he decided to make the move to Colorado after college in New York.
Studying English and Art prepared him well for the assortment of jobs he’s had since then: snowboard instructor, sign-maker, website designer, skateboard coach, and writer/photographer.
Gregg has called Breckenridge home for a long time, and loves hiking, snowboarding, skateboarding, climbing, technology and coffee. You might see him sliding with athletes or students in the winter as part of his coaching program, Method Snowboard Academy or with the Breckenridge Ski & Ride School where he’s a trainer, or teaching instructors how to be better as an Examiner with the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. In the summer he’ll be sequestered away at his computer designing sites like this one, and writing on his own, at greggdavis.com. Or, rolling around at one of the many skateparks, or maybe standing on top of a local 14er taking pictures.
Miners and hippies mixed in Breckenridge when Leigh Girvin arrived as a girl with her family in the early 1970’s. She grew up here and has seen Breckenridge blossom from a dusty town with wooden sidewalks to a world-ranked resort community with a burgeoning year-round renown.
A long-time non-profit professional in Breckenridge and Summit County, Leigh has interests and background in the environment, education, land use and conservation, history, mining, and the arts. She serves on the Breckenridge Liquor and Marijuana Licensing Authority, and volunteers with Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge Creative Arts, and the Summit Nordic Ski Club.
Poking around the backcountry near Breckenridge is one of her favorite things to do, whether on foot, on skis, or on wheels. She lives in the incorporated boundaries of the Town of Breckenridge with her sweetheart, dog, two cats and a garden.
Kate Lapides is a photographer, writer, budding videographer and social media strategist who prefers life at around 10,000 feet. Passionate about running, mountains, community, human rights, and dog-friendly spaces, she’s a profound believer in the capacity of thoughtful photography to humanize complex humanitarian issues and empower marginalized communities around the world.
Kate has put her cameras to work documenting rural poverty in MIssissippi, the Navajo Nation and California’s Central Valley for Save the Children; post-war UNHCR refugee camps on the Guinean-Sierra Leone border for the International Rescue Committee; children receiving life-changing reconstructive surgery operations in Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras, Laos, and Peru for ReSurge International; the journey of Somali immigrants adapting to new lives in Maine and Mexican and Central American families integrating into mountain communities in Colorado; women living in safehouse shelters; school girls in rural Kenya hoping to stay in school with the intervention of reproductive health education and a paralyzed shelter dog named Ernie who recovered to walk and paddleboard. She earned two Individual Artist grants from the Colorado Council on the Arts to fund community photography projects with new immigrants and Native American children in rural Colorado and Wyoming, has been a Women in Photojournalism National Juried Show finalist and was a visiting instructor for Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s summer workshop programs from 2010-2013.
Kate’s also the partner of an incredibly kind-hearted mate, Eric Black, and the proud identical twin of Karen, who works as a respected paramedic and medical programs trainer on Breckenridge, Colorado’s Ski Patrol.
Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum “for a season,” assuring her parents she’d return to Illinois to finish college.
But, the ski bum life stuck. She eventually finished her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of school, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). The following fall, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master’s degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.)
In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit’s great events and ultimately working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country.
She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddle board, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life.
She’s highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in “deep play” when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she’s a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County. You can also find her on her web page.
Read some of Kim’s posts on the Breck Connection.
Born on Christmas day and raised in the farmlands of Kansas (yes, Kansas), Jessie Unruh knew that she would someday escape to the Rockies! Jessie grew up coming to Breckenridge every Christmas holiday since she was four years old and today she’s proud to call it home.
Jessie went to Kansas State University where she graduated with a degree in TV Broadcasting, but before graduating, she spent one season doing holiday help in Keystone where it was love at first sight. With dreams of pursuing journalism in action sports, she got that degree and headed straight for CO!
After spending the first three winters in Colorado and her summers snowboarding/traveling in Argentina and New Zealand, she put her journalistic qualities to work as a video production technician for Vail Resorts, production assistant for Dew Tour and now the social media coordinator for GoBreck.com The love for snowboarding, hiking, her pooch and the freshest air you can breath are only a few of the 100’s of things keeping her in Breckenridge and, if you ask her, she’s here to stay folks!
Read some of Jessie’s posts on the Breck Connection.
Erin Opsahl is a busy wife and mother of two growing kiddos. Growing up in the California Bay Area, she is a true lover of the ocean, sunshine and flip flops. Marriage brought her out to Colorado twelve years ago, and she has called Summit County home for the past nine. She often tells people she didn’t own a real coat or shoes until moving here.
Being a new mom in a mountain area that felt isolated, Erin realized she needed to connect to other moms and the community. Out of this need, Erin found her passion. Combining her psychology degree from the University of Colorado at Denver with her love of connecting people and resources, she focuses on promoting networking, friendships, fun ideas and local resources to both strengthen and build personal relationships and families.
Erin spends as much time as she can being “Mommy” and participating in fun family events around Summit County — on a budget. Erin believes an informed mom is a better mom!
Find Erin on Twitter @summitcountymom.
Read some of Erin’s posts on the Breck Connection.
A dedicated fan of fun, Rachel Zerowin loves covering the outdoors but is generally jazzed to write anything from video scripts and web copy to FAQs and business recaps. As PR manager for the Breckenridge Resort Chamber, she gets to do all of the above and spend her downtime playing in one of the world’s greatest mountain communities – Breckenridge, Colo.
Rachel found her way to the Centennial State through bike touring and, like many Breck residents, simply never left. Three prime reasons why? Outstanding skiing in winter, a summer mountain bike commute to work and an entire community of super-nice people. Read about her bike and camp cooking exploits at ColoradoSummitLife.com or find her on Twitter @ColoradoSummit.
Read some of Rachel’s posts on the Breck Connection.
Jenise Jensen originally visited Breckenridge as a teenager and finally had the opportunity to move to Summit County 10 years ago. Since then she has embraced the winter lifestyle, describing herself as a passionate recreational skier. Previous to her time here, she was involved in the administration of many national level sports events and served as an Assistant Press Supervisor for figure skating and short track speed skating at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Jenise typically spends her days off work at Breckenridge Ski Resort during the winter, and when not on the mountain she can usually be found enjoying all the other things that Breckenridge has to offer, from art festivals to live music to film festivals. Jenise previously served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the Breckenridge Film Festival and currently serves on the Summit County Habitat for Humanity Restore Advisory Committee.
Read some of Jenise’s posts on the Breck Connection.
I’m Daniel Dunn, and I’ve lived in Breckenridge for over 12 years and love playing outside. After going to film school and starting my own successful video production business, I realized that I’m most interested in creating awesome still images and working with much smaller crews than the typical video shoot requires. I also hate editing!
Why do I take pictures, what am I trying to do, and what am I creating? One reasons is that I would like to raise awareness of the places and things in my photographs. I want to inspire people to go out and experience nature. I want kids to ask questions like “Where is that?”, “Can we go to Timbuktu, Mom?”, and “What is that little girl doing?” I want to remind people of their past travels, of favorite places, or of their wonder and lust about places they’ve never been. I want people to look at my photos and dream about places they haven’t been to. That way, at least they can find joy in knowing someone — me — who has been there and who has done that, to quote a popular phrase. I enjoy people to be able to personalize places through me.
I also simply enjoy the process of: visiting new places and trying new things, being a little bit scared sometimes, and returning to the comfort of familiar places and coming home. Home can be so many places from your past lives. It’s always a joy to come home.
Read some of Daniel’s posts on the Breck Connection.
Frank Bowman was born and raised in Upstate New York, where he discovered his passion for the outdoors while making numerous trips to the Adirondack Mountains on camping and skiing trips. As his love for the outdoors developed, so did his ambition towards exploring new mountainous areas around the country, ultimately leading him to Breckenridge where he now calls home.
Frank now spends all of his free time enjoying the mountains in every way possible from backcountry skiing, to trail running, climbing, and biking. On top of all of these outdoor activities, Frank also spends a lot of his time writing on his blog, and pursuing a growing passion of action photography. You can find Frank’s work at www.adventuresoffrank.com , which contains trips reports and pictures from his adventures in the mountains.