121 SAm Kuch / 122 Andrea Byrne
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Sam Kuch and Andrea "Dre" Byrne are two of the brightest new stars in skiing. Both grew up in the Powder Highway region of BC, Nelson and Fernie BC respectably. These up and comers have been making a name for themselves over the last couple seasons. Its time for a changing of the guard and Sam and Dre are leading the way.
Press play - Sam Kuch
Speak softly and carry a big stick. In the case of Sam Kuch, its big skis. Sam grew up on the slopes of Whitewater ski resort and his skiing of late has has everyone else talking. Sam tells us that he considers this past season as his coming out party. During a Forecast Magazine content trip to Whitewater to collect footage for their web series, "Beyond the Powder Highway", Sam was asked to show the crew around. That group included Olympic medalists Mike Riddle and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, Olympian turned backcountry ripper, Anna Segal and the incomparable Stan Rey. Kuch took advantage of the opportunity to show his skills and announced his arrival by stomping several technical lines to the delight of the posse. The resulting social media hype was the moment people really started to take notice.
In a whirlwind of a season that has brought him so much attention, Sam continues to approach his growing ski fame with earnest and a level head. This soft spoken, future star will have a lot to say, it'll just be his skis that do the talking.
Press Play - Andrea "Dre" Byrne
Andrea Byrne, or "Dre" as she prefers to be called, is another fresh face on the scene. Dre recently moved from her home in Fernie to Whistler, BC to be embraced by the "arms of opportunity". For an up and coming skier, Whistler is definitely a place where opportunity abounds. Growing up in the middle of the Powder Highway, Dre was a regular on the freeski competition circuit. She performed very well winning events all through her teen years. Now at 21 Byrne seems to be on a mission of learning and discovery.
Andrea already has fans in rockstar skiers like Cody Townsend, Stan Rey, Alexi Godbout and Leah Evans. She is also currently on Salomon Freeski's #Unscripted trip through Colorado where I guarantee she's about to get more. Will you be one?