Meet Our Team
Park City, UT
A Vermont native, Marina grew up skiing on the slopes of the Green Mountains. After graduating from Williams College, where she skied on the NCAA circuit, Marina moved to Stowe, VT where she worked as a news reporter for the Stowe Reporter for 10 years and also covered two Olympic Games. She has also freelanced for publications such as the New York Times and Forbes.com. Marina stepped into the role of editor at Ski Racing in November of 2018. She is an avid skier who lives with her two boys in Park City, Utah.
Heather Freeman Black
Sun Valley, Idaho
Heather Freeman Black grew up in Stowe, Vt., and after earning her BA from Colby College, moved to Boston where she worked in the international department of BayBanks for two years (as she speaks Spanish, reasonable French, and basic German). In 1988, she began work at Ski Racing where she held multiple positions from executive assistant to photographer to chief operating officer of Sports File, Ski Racing’s former photo arm. Heather remained with the publication until 1995 when she and her husband, Gary Black Jr. (then CEO of Ski Racing), moved to Sun Valley, Idaho.
Amanda Rising Black
Wood River Valley, Idaho
Amanda currently works for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation as Director of Development, Major Giving. Previously, she was the publisher of Ski Racing, where she worked with her father, the late Gary Black, Jr. Amanda first began working with the publication at the age of 16 in a variety of positions and eventually became ad director in 1995. She left in 2002 for a sales and marketing position at Clear Channel Communications after Ski Racing was sold to Inside Communications. In 2006, she returned to Ski Racing in the capacity of publisher. She was recently appointed as one of the managing partners of Ski Racing Media. Amanda has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. She relocated to the Wood River Valley from York Harbor, Maine. Her son, Harrison, is in the second grade at Community School.
Park City, Utah
A Minnesota native, Claire Brown grew up racing under the lights at Buck Hill before joining the University of Denver Pioneers where she earned NCAA All-American honors and helped her team win two National Championships. After graduating with a degree in finance and marketing, she relocated to Park City, Utah and now enters her eighth season at Ski Racing Media. Contact her for further information on partnerships, online advertising, mobile application, and sponsored content.
Salt Lake City, Utah
A Lake Tahoe native and University of Vermont graduate, Sean Higgins was a member of the Catamounts' 2012 NCAA title winning squad and earned first team All-American honors in 2013. Prior to joining the staff at Ski Racing Media, he coached U14s for the Squaw Valley Ski Team. Contact him with leads or concerns on men’s alpine and domestic coverage as well as articles concerning U.S. Ski & Snowboard and juniors.
Digital Content + Marketing Manager
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Roger raced all across the Canadian Rockies before attending the University of Colorado. At CU he was a part of the 2015 national championships team, served as team captain in 2017, and graduated with a bachelors degree in marketing. He currently resides in Calgary and serves as a Digital Content + Marketing Manager at Ski Racing Media.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, Michigan, Mackenzie grew up ski racing all over the Mitten. When she moved out west in search of mountains, she attended the University of Oregon, where she achieved degrees in Journalism and Environmental Science. She raced USCSA and was captain of the UO Alpine Ski Team. She currently resides in Salt Lake City and serves as the Women's World Cup Staff Writer for Ski Racing Media.
Letters to the Editor
Have an opinion? Send us a letter. The wider the variety of ideas, the better our readers and the ski community at large are served. Letters should be no more than 400 words and should be submitted by email to the Editor.
The letters section on our website is a forum for readers to respond — good, bad, and ugly — to what they read on skiracing.com. It’s a forum for tackling pressing issues, to object to or commend something we’ve reported, or to take us to task for failing to report on an issue of importance. Please include your name, address, and contact email or phone so we can verify that you wrote the letter. We keep contacts confidential.
Longer opinion pieces (no more than 1,200 words) will be accepted and published at the discretion of the editors.
Questions? Call 435-901-7060. Email submissions to the Editor.
Please include the copy of your submission in the body of your email as well as attaching it as either a Google document, or in Word format. Please include your name, address, and contact email or phone so we can verify that you wrote the piece.
Skiracing.com loves your photos! We especially welcome photos from junior races and club/academy events and we will do our best to use them both on our website and on our social media feeds. Please make sure your photos are in landscape orientation, are in focus, and of high quality (1MB in file size or more). Attach your photos to an email and send them to Sean Higgins.
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