Blizzard / Tecnica is excited to announce a new 3 year partnership with Adrian Ballinger.
Ballinger will join our expanding International Freeride team and bring a unique and important set of skills and experiences to our product design team.
Adrian Ballinger is a world class mountaineer, skier, business leader, and mountain guide. As a professional athlete first and foremost, Adrian is the only American who has skied three 8,000 meter peaks, was the first person to ski Manaslu, the 8th tallest mountain in the world, and in 2011 became the first person to summit three 8,000 meter peaks in only 3 weeks (Everest twice and Lhotse once). He is the only American guide to have both AMGA/IFMGA guide’s certifications and achieved more than 10 summits of 8,000 meter peaks (13 total, including 6 summits of Mt. Everest). As founder and head guide of acclaimed Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian has been guiding for twenty years and has led over 100 international climbing expeditions on 6 continents.
Whether on skis, in rock shoes, or mountain boots, Adrian thrives on sharing the big mountains with friends and clients, and helping them to build their skills and experience to be successful on the world’s most beautiful mountains. In the coming seasons Adrian plans on continuing to enjoy big-mountain skiing, climbing, and guiding in the Himalaya, South America, the Alps, and of course closer to “home” in Squaw Valley, CA. Adrian is a sponsored athlete for Eddie Bauer, Blizzard, Tecnica, La Sportiva, Petzl and Hiball.
"I began skiing Blizzard/Tecnica last winter in the Alps and they immediately changed what I expect out of my touring setup. The Zero-G 108’s charge, handling big lines in La Grave like a full downhill setup, while still being friendly on the way up.
Last month on Cho Oyu (the 6th tallest peak in the world) we were able to summit and make a complete ski descent without removing our skis. We encountered everything from barely-edgable windboard in no-fall zones to breakable crust to powder on the epic 10,000 foot descent. My Zero G 095 skis combined with Zero G Guide Pro boots handled everything. Climbing and skiing the biggest mountains in the world requires an incredibly unique boot. I need to feel 100% solid on the ski down when mistakes aren’t allowed. But at the same time I need a boot light and nimble enough to climb for hours - our summit push on Cho Oyu was a 19-hour day. The Zero G Guide Pros nailed both the climb and the descent.
Squaw Valley has been a proud showcase for Tecnica/Blizzard for years. I’m stoked and honored to join the many rippers here that daily show the capabilities of these skis and boots."