Kelly Robbins came to Utah in 1999, and immediately fell in love with Salt Lake City and the nearby Wasatch Mountains. While spending time riding at local area resorts, he became intrigued by the possibilities for travel beyond resort boundaries. In 2002, he took a Level One avalanche course, and Brett “Cowboy” Kobernick was one of the instructors. Kelly was the only snowboarder in class, and Cowboy suggested that he try a splitboard, in order to travel more efficiently with skiers in the group. Kelly was hooked, and immediately after the class he purchased an old used Voile 'Split Decision'. As they say, the rest is history.
Kelly eventually moved into the backcountry full-time to fully pursue his passion for splitboarding and outdoor education. He has been guiding and teaching for Utah Mountain Adventures since the winter of 2005/2006. Kelly also instructs expedition-style splitboarding courses in the Tetons for the National Outdoor Leadership School, and he completed a Level 3 avalanche course from the American Avalanche Institute in 2010. Kelly has also been certified as a Wilderness First Responder from the Wilderness Medicine Institute since 2005, and is a Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association. In addition, Kelly recently earned a Master's degree in Outdoor Education from the University of Utah.
Matt Primomo has been splitboarding since 2001 and has a diverse background in guiding, avalanche forecasting, and snow science. Matt went to school in Leadville, CO, obtaining a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. After college, he worked in Lake Tahoe as a ski patroller on a splitboard. He then returned to school in order to research and study snow at the University of Colorado, where he completed an internship with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Matt has guided on Mount Rainier, Denali, in the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon, as well as the Wasatch Range in Utah. For the past few seasons, he has given in to the endless winter, backcountry ski guiding and teaching avalanche courses in Utah, and performing avalanche work for a remote, high altitude gold mine in the Central Andes of Chile. Matt has completed first descents and likely first descents in Colorado, Washington, and Chile. His forte is technical snowboard mountaineering.