ALUMNI profiles


Kyle Hockmeyer ‘93

If you’ve seen the new CVA video that was just released, then you know the handiwork of CVA alum Kyle Hockmeyer ’93. Kyle is the founder of FieldStone Media and handles all video production for the company. After CVA, he attended Montana State University's Media and Theater Arts program; his initial foray into digital media involved producing whitewater rafting videos in The Forks, Maine. Kyle produced and directed The Maine Show, a half-hour program featuring tourism destinations in Maine, and has shot video all over the world most notably for the Eco-Challenge Adventure Race and Banjo Minnow Fishing Lure. Like many other CVA grads, Kyle cites the school as having taught him great time management skills “CVA taught me that there is in fact quite a bit of time in the day. CVA is just very effective at filling it up. My time management and productivity were greatly enhanced by my CVA experience.”  Kyle’s website is:; if you tell him you’re a BIG DOG, he might even cut you a little deal. 

Nora Stowell '92

Nora has been newly named the VP of sales for Amer Sports, which is the parent company for Salomon skis and clothing, Atomic skis, Arc’teryx clothing, Suunto watches and Mavic bicycle products, among others. During her senior year she conferred with Dartmouth Nordic coach, Ruff Patterson, who advised her to channel her love for skiing into business. She took his advice. Nora has had a lot of fun transferring her passion for ski racing from the mountain to the office. She often recounts her days as a boarding student at CVA, and how she loved the dynamic of living in tight quarters with such a dedicated, like-minded group of people. She sends a big hello to the alums from her era.  


Alex Buck '05

At CVA, Alex was one of the early crew of the Alpine Leadership Pursuits (ALPS)  team and traveled with that team to South America, throughout the western US, and was fortunate enough to spend multiple months in La Grave, France.  After his time at CVA, Alex moved to Bozeman to matriculate at Montana State. There he majored in art, met his future wife Allie, and fell in love with the area.  After graduation from MSU, Alex was trying to decide how to put his degree to work, when he was given a sewing machine as a wedding present. His wife Allie taught him the basics, and he was hooked. In 2009 he started Buck Products and began sewing backpacks. He was in search of a pared down, simple pack that would be great for around town and school. Only 4 years later, his packs have just been chosen by Patagonia to be sold in their retail stores.

Check out his packs at 


Darcy Bacha '05

The 2012 Powder Awards Photo of the Year went to Darcy Bacha’s image of Sammy Carlson on Mount Hood. In the picture, Carlson is throwing a dub seven near the summit of the volcano at sunset. Bacha got his shot during filming for Carlson’s movie “On Top of the Hood.” The photo was used for the cover of Powder’s photo annual and is one of the most unique images that has ever graced the front page of magazine.



Ben Hitchcock '10

Having won five United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships, the University of Colorado Boulder’s Freestyle Ski Team is no stranger to success. When asked by U.S. International University Sports Federation to represent the United States in the Winter World University Games (basically, the Olympics of college skiing) in Trentino, Italy, the team jumped on the chance. “We are excited not only to represent our school, but to go to a whole new level and represent our country,” says student and CVA alumnus Ben Hitchcock ‘10, last year’s male overall individual national champion. Head coach Palmer Hoyt expects the European teams, like Sweden, Austria, France, Norway, and New Zealand to pose the biggest threats in the competition.  In preparation, the CU team is engaging in dry-land training like yoga, plyometrics, weight lifting, working on trampolines, and using the diving board. The team has also utilized the water ramps at Steamboat and the indoor foam pit at Woodward at Copper. That’s the same training regime that our CVA athletes are doing!

Jeremy Jones '93

Protect Our Winters (POW) was started in 2007 by Pro Snowboarder, Jeremy Jones, who has witnessed first-hand the impact of climate change on our mountains. After being turned away from areas that had once been ride-able and seeing resorts closed due to lack of snow, Jeremy saw a gap between the winter sports community and the action being taken by us all to address the problem. In April 2013, Jeremy was honored at a White House ceremony along with other “Champions of Change,” in recognition of ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.

In October 2013, Jeremy and his POW team were back in D.C, this time with seventeen professional athletes and leaders from the globe’s top snow sports brands, for a full day of meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, making a remarkable statement about climate advocacy from the winter sports community.  

Learn more and get involved at:  


From the US Ski Team to parenthood, alumna Kirsten Clark ’95 has done quite a bit, but she still traces her roots back to CVA. 

Kirstren is living in Squaw Valley, CA where her and her husband are raising their three kids. Zach, who is 20 months, Tegan is 2, and Kasey is 4. Her husband builds custom homes, and Kirsten takes care of the books for the company from their home office.She has also started working with Canadian Mountain Holidays, a heli-ski company based out of Banff, Canada. She books trips for clients, and also gets to go heli-skiing!


Matt, a native of Kingfield, Maine, was the valedictorian of the class of 2000.

He went on to Dartmouth College where he was captain of the ski team and an all-American alpine racer.  

After Dartmouth, Matt attended Boston College Law School. There he discovered an affinity toward peacekeeping related law, clerking for Judge Meron at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and interning for the United Nations, Office of Legal Counsel.


Matt Philippi '04


An east-coast native and Volkl team rider since 2003, Matt Philippi enjoyed his best competition season in 2009. He won the European Open, claimed 2nd at the US Freeskiing Open, and finished the season ranked 5th in the world on the AFP Halfpipe list. Philippi has since shifted his focus to bigger mountains and deeper snow.  Matt has recently been working with Teton Gravity Research to shoot some fantastic footage. For a recap of Matt’s first season shooting with TGR in Jackson Hole, including his first trip down Corbet's Couloir, check out “Behind The Line” at:

In addition to skiing halfpipes and fresh snow across the globe, Philippi started The FullCircle Project, a community service and skiing trip. In the summer of 2010, Matt and some other Völkl riders helped rebuild Chile after a massive earthquake and tsunami, which struck in February 2010, leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless. In 2011, the crew headed to the highlands of Peru to plant 1,000 fruit trees and to install the necessary irrigation as part of a sustainable agriculture project. Their 2011 Peru Apple Orchard Project  will be used as a template for thousands of other communities in the Sacred Valley region that want to take the same steps toward self-sufficiency. August 2012 brought the FullCircle Project team to Amaru Peru, a poor area,where people have to get by on less than $1.50 a day.  The project will create economic opportunity in Amaru and work to reduce environmental contamination.   Check it out at:!

Matt credits CVA with giving him a solid base on which to build this global awareness and social responsibility.

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