Ross and Jill Matlock wanted to share their passion and love of the mountains by hosting ski trips to some of the most incredible ski destinations in the world, and so International Mountain Adventures was created. With a combined 16 years of experience on the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) National Teams, and a lifetime in the ski industry–which includes many years of ski teaching, coaching, competing and guiding–Jill and Ross have the passion, knowledge, skill and experience to create an unforgettable skiing experience for you. Keeping the group ratios low and having a small group focus allows Jill and Ross to be flexible, and cater to you and the group’s needs.
“You are invited to come and take a ski adventure with us this year. Gather a group of friends or bring the whole family on a ski vacation with International Mountain Adventures. Our goal is to create a passionate high-end skiing experience through a personalized approach.”
— Jill and Ross Matlock
Jill is a gifted athlete who chose to follow the path of skiing from an early age. As soon as she could walk Jill was seen skiing at the small ski area in Farmington, Maine. She grew up ski racing and in college raced for the University of New Hampshire in slalom and GS, qualifying for the NCAA championships four times.
Upon graduation Jill switched her focus to coaching. She coached for both the Green Mountain Valley School and Carrabassett Valley Academy. Jill coached many eventual US ski team athletes during these years and it was also during this time she became involved with PSIA and attained her full certification status.
Moving to Crested Butte, Colorado Jill’s incredible talent shone through during the first season she skied the Butte, transitioning from ski racer to big mt competitor and winning the women’s title in the US Extreme Skiing Championships the very first year she entered. Her Big Mt Freeskiing career consists of four US Extreme Skiing Championship titles, top 5 in five World Extreme Skiing Championships and podiums in South America, New Zealand and Europe big mt free skiing competitions.
It was also during this time that Jill, as a member of The North Face’s athlete team, was the first woman to climb and ski Mt Aspiring in New Zealand. Other ski mountaineering trips to Valdez and the Ruth glacier in Alaska, as well as Chamonix, France give Jill great depth and knowledge in the mountains.
Jill then took on another challenge within the ski industry, making it on the PSIA National Alpine Team, which is the best of the nation’s top ski instructors. Jill was able to represent her country internationally at the Interski event in Switzerland. A trainer and top instructor at Crested Butte, Jill’s well rounded background gives her a wealth of knowledge to draw from.
Jill’s resume is impressive in itself, but it’s not what really makes Jill a great instructor. Jill’s humble nature and incredible ability to see what’s going on in your skiing coupled with her amazing talent to deliver a lesson on your terms and at your pace is her gift. She is one of the most requested instructors in Crested Butte and her return clientele love the time spent with her. She is a role model for the athlete in us all and is sure to bring the best out in you and your skiing. A mother of two boys, she is easy going and a pleasure to be around. You will enjoy your time with her both on and off the ski hill.
Ross grew up in Australia and learned to ski as a teenager. He was first introduced to the Telemark turn on a ski touring trip to the Bogong High Plains in Australia and has been on a mission to perfect it ever since.
Ross has been living, skiing and teaching skiing in the US for over 20 years, with a never-ending passion for it all. As an active member of PSIA, Ross has earned his Full Certification in Telemark and Cross Country skiing and has been involved in the PSIA Rocky Mountain Division as an educator, delivering clinics for the instructors of the Rocky Mountain resorts.
Ross took it to the next level in the world of ski teaching when he made the PSIA National Nordic Telemark team. He is currently in his 12th year as a member of the National Team, which is comprised of the best Nordic and Telemark educators in the country. They are all great skiers and great teachers….the best of the best….in all things free-heeled.
His career in the ski industry has been wide-reaching and varied. He has been the Head Judge of the US National Telemark Extreme Free Skiing Championships in Crested Butte, CO., as well as a judge for other similar competitions. He started a Junior Telemark Program at Crested Butte and his athletes have had great success in various competitions. Ross also worked for a time as a Nordic Technical rep for Rossignol Ski Co. He was involved in all aspects of the retail industry from the development of the product to the waxing of high-end Nordic skis.
More and more lately, Ross finds himself in the backcountry and hiking for his turns and guiding others there. He is a backcountry and cat skiing guide for Irwin Guides in Crested Butte, CO and is also an Avalanche Level 1 Instructor, qualified through AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) to lead Avalanche Awareness clinics and Avalanche Instructor courses.
Ross loves to ski just about anywhere, but he savors the days spent in the backcountry, whether it be hiking in the Anthracites of Crested Butte, a skin track in the backyard of the Kamihoroso Lodge in Hokkaido or a heli lift in Valdez, Alaska. As long as the snow is deep and the friendships are good, Ross is happy.
Ross is a natural born teacher. He will make you a better skier. But most of all, he is just a blast to hang out within the mountains! His passion for the outdoors and skiing is infectious.