About Us


Based in Colorado, we design and manufacture equipment for wind mountaineering. We are avid skiers and pursuers of wind sports. We love testing and using the gear we make.


Mission & Values:

UpSki strives to deliver high quality wind mountaineering equipment to passionate snow sports enthusiasts worldwide. Our primary focus has and will always be the safety of the user. We believe that every UpSkier should have a safe and fun experience.

UpSki sources materials made in USA whenever possible and we have kept our production local since our beginning years.

The Team

Kevin Passmore

 Kevin Passmore: Director of Operations

Avid UpSkier, backcountry skier, and bike traveler, Kevin manages operations for UpSki. When not out in the snow, he can be found onsite managing production and design at UpSki’s shop in Carbondale, Colorado. In 2004 as a snowkiter, Kevin got hooked to the performance offered by the UpSki. A decade later, he is still an enthusiast, and also an accomplished product developer.  









Phil Huff

Phil Huff: Founder, Product Testing & Marketing

The original ideas man behind UpSki- Phil has strapped into every single prototype we’ve ever build. He has an acute understanding of what drives the performance of the UpSki. Having traveled the world UpSkiing, he now spends most of his time in Colorado. When not UpSkiing or teaching at the local community college, Phil can be found sailing on Lake Dillon with margarita in hand.








John StanfordJohn Stanford: Founder, Product Designer, Photographer
With a long career sport jumping (skydiving to the rest of us), John has owned and operated drop zones, rigging, and manufacturing facilities for over 35 years. He brings to UpSki manufacturing know-how and expertise.












Megan Larsen

Megan Passmore: Assistant Instructor & Sewer

A part of the UpSki family, Megan can often be found providing Upski instruction. She is also a talented seamstress who offers a helping hand in UpSki production.