Guide Bios

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.

Along the way, he started this thing called SEC, which has evolved into the Splitboard Education Collective of today. Learn lots of stuff about splitboarding from Kelly!  Contact:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Jules Hanna began splitboarding in 2002 in the Lake Tahoe area and learned quickly that the backcountry was the place to be. Since then, Jules has pursued the guiding life while working in Alaska in the Wrangell-St. Elias Range, on Denali, and heli-ski adventures in the Coastal Range. Work has also taken him as far as Greenland and Antarctica as a field instructor, and he spends most of his summer in the Pacific Northwest working on Mt. Rainier. Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada have been Jules' longtime winter home where he hones his skills and rides good snow with clients and friends. Jules is a Level 1 instructor with the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, a Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association, an EMT/WFR, and he is pursuing the American Mountain Guide Association ski guide certification on his splitboard.  Contact:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  

 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.

Matt is recognized by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education as a Level 3 avalanche practitioner and as a Level 1 Avalanche Course Leader. He is an American Mountain Guide Association Ski Mountaineering Aspirant Guide on a splitboard, and plans to take the exam on a splitboard. Come ride with Matt and you’ll be sure to have a safe, knowledgeable, and awesome experience!  Contact:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Cody Hughes is a former country boy gone mountain man.  He had never been west of the Mississippi until the age of 18, when he first visited SLC and the nearby Wasatch Mountains.  As a matter of fact, that was also the first time he strapped into a snowboard, at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. Immediately hooked, he took a plane back to Tennessee, packed his car, and headed back to Utah to chase his dream of riding the greatest snow on earth. After getting his snowboarding skills dialed at the 'Bird, Cody was quickly disappointed with the hassle of chasing fresh tracks and the chaos going on inside the rope boundary.  That’s when he heard about the splitboard, quickly took his first avalanche course, and headed for the backcountry to seek solitude and fresh powder. Cody obtained a two-year internship with the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) while completing his B.S. in Outdoor Education at the University of Utah.  He recently graduated, has completed an Avalanche Level 2 class, holds his Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, and continues to teach avalanche courses with the UAC. Come join Cody for a fun and safe adventure chasing powder in the Wasatch backcountry!  Contact:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Cody Porter grew up in Utah and calls Salt Lake City home. He found his love for the mountains at 18 months old here, when his dad strapped skis on his feet for the first time.  Cody recently graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, and currently lives on the road, where he spends time traveling to different rock climbing and snowboarding/splitboarding destinations.  Cody has a passion and enthusiasm for sharing stories and knowledge with others, and he believes that one of the important things we can learn is how to appreciate each other and the world around us. A primary goal of his while teaching is to help others learn how the outdoors can help them live a happy and healthy life.  Contact:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.