Our Team


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Spencer Spellman

Southern born and bred, Spencer was bitten by the travel bug at a young age, flying on a plane for the first time at age five and by himself for the first time at seven. While he continues to travel around the world in search for the best whiskey, Spencer now calls Reno home, where his search is for the best cocktail (and first tracks, naturally). He has written about travel, food, and drinks for a number of publications that have included the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Outside Magazine, and Travel + Leisure, just to name a few. See a more candid version of Spencer on his website, whiskeytangoglobetrot.com, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tahoe Ascent Staff

The Tahoe Ascent Staff represents everyone from snowboard instructors to ski patrol to chefs and more. They are locals who know the 4-1-1 on North Lake Tahoe, but also experts in their own fields, providing unique, and often behind-the-scenes perspectives of both the area and their areas of expertise.

Other Contributors

David Wise

David Wise is an Olympic Champion, Reno Tahoe local, adventure seeker and rad dad. The world at large was first introduced to David Wise during his inaugural gold medal halfpipe performance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but his participation in skiing goes much deeper. In 2012, he swept the Dew Tour, Grand Prix and X Games halfpipe finals. He held that top spot at the Winter X Games for three years in a row leading up to his Sochi Winter Olympic victory. He also has eight U.S. National titles, the first of which he won ten years ago at age 15. David looks forward to another strong season in 2017 and has his sights set on leading Team USA in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. Follow along on Instagram.



Chris Bartkowski

Originally from Western New York, Chris has been actively involved in the ski & snowboard industry since he was 15, snowboarding since he was 5. As such, Chris has spent his life capturing and sharing his love for snow sports through photography and film. A graduate of Tompkins Cortland College, Chris has been on the West Coast ever since, pursuing a snowboarding and mountain lifestyle. Based in Lake Tahoe/Truckee, Chris currently operates his own company, Generikal Design, as a filmmaker and photographer. He lives in Truckee with his wife, Tara, enjoying everything that the Lake Tahoe area has to offer. Take a peek into day-to-day life and adventures on Instagram.




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Chloe Mackintosh

Chloe Mackintosh is the founder of Boxwood Avenue, a lifestyle site sharing from-scratch recipes, life in the country, and interior design inspiration. While she is originally from Reno, she spent much of her time growing up on the slopes of Lake Tahoe and it remains one of her favorite places for a little R&R. Now, she is located on a cattle ranch in northern California, in a town with a population of 99, and keeps the company of her chickens, duck, kittens, horses, dog, cows, goats, and husband. See more of what Chloe does on her website, boxwoodavenue.com, or follow her on Instagram or Pinterest





Maxx Grush

Maxx was born and raised in Southern California, moving to Lake Tahoe in 2004 for college, which he worked his way through, eventually earning degrees in business management and entrepreneurship. Throughout Maxx's life, he's always tried to be outdoors as much as possible. Nothing relaxes him more than being 30-40 miles out in the woods making camp. He got into the world of craft cocktails shortly after college, eager to master a new adventure and field of study. For the last few years, he's been designing drinks professionally, and recently launched a new microbrewery with his wife called DNA Brewing.




Shahla Sandoval

Shahla, a San Francisco Bay Area native, is a lifestyle blogger at Treehouse Threads. She lives with her husband, daughter and son (ages 5, 3) and dreams about having a pet pig and Samantha Steven’s nose twitch powers from Bewitched (Albeit she now realizes how much she has dated herself by sharing that tidbit). When not dreaming about being a pig mom, she is dreaming about her favorite trips to Lake Tahoe, Maui and Paris.







Chef Steve Anderson

Chef Steve Anderson is the executive chef at Northstar California, where you'll find him perfecting the resort's many great dining options. His culinary adventures have taken him around America, where he's opened nearly 30 restaurants. When Chef Steve is not developing great new culinary creations, you'll find him ripping down Northstar's Washoe Run or spending time with his family around North Lake Tahoe.