Meet Our Team

Heather Freeman Black

Managing Partner

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

Managing Partner

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.

Claire Brown

Publisher and Chief Operating Officer

Park City, Utah

A Minnesota native, Claire Brown grew up bashing gates 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 and now enters her seventh season at Ski Racing Media. Contact her for further information on partnerships, online advertising, mobile application, and sponsored content.

Sean Higgins

Senior Editor

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 status 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.

Susie Theis

Director of Visual Content

Park City, Utah

Although born and raised in the Midwest, Susie Theis knew it was only a matter of time before she would live in the mountains. She’s been obsessed with visual storytelling since the first time she set foot in a darkroom and can’t say no to an adventure. You’re sure to find her traveling, skiing, or sailing whenever possible. Contact her for further information on video production and editing, classifieds, subscriptions, and online advertising (including camps and academies).

Megan Ganim

Editorial and Sales Associate

Laguna Beach, California

Megan Ganim is from Ashland, Ore., where she grew up racing the PNSA circuit before continuing to race USCSA at the University of Oregon. As team captain for two years, she also pursued a degree in public relations and fled to the mountains any chance she had. She currently resides in California and serves as an Editorial and Sales Associate for Ski Racing Media.

Mackenzie Moran

Staff Writer


Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, Michigan, Mackenzie grew up ski racing all over the Mitten.​ When s​he 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 Michigan and serves as the Women's World Cup Staff Writer for Ski Racing Media.

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