Meet the Team: Caleb Kessler

Caleb is new to the Bluebird team this year, but he’s no stranger to the world of backcountry skiing! Caleb hails from Fayston, Vermont and he is stoked to move out to Colorado this winter. You might know him as the voice behind Bluebird’s weekly emails! Outside of his job as Bluebird’s Marketing Coordinator, you can find Caleb running, mountain biking, taking pictures, and spending time outside. Read on to find out Caleb’s go-to après food and his #1 backcountry touring tip.


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How many seasons have you worked at Bluebird?

This will be my first!

Why did you want to work for Bluebird?

Because backcountry skiing is my favorite and Bluebird is doing something in this space that is new and exciting and I wanted to be a part of it!

What are you most excited for this season?

I’ve never been to Bluebird before so I’m really excited to see the place come to life when we open for the winter.

Outside of Bluebird, where else do you like to ski/ride?

Northern Vermont!

What’s your go-to après food or drink?

Hard to choose one, so here are three: Authentic Japanese ramen from Miso Hungry at Jay Peak, anything with warm melted cheese, and a Vermont IPA.

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When not skiing/splitboarding, what do you love to do?

I love to run, mountain bike, take pictures, and be outside.

Aside from Bluebird, what’s your favorite type of bird?

Barred owls! I used to have a barred owl as a neighbor and we would go on walks together.

Do you have an insider tip for guests visiting Bluebird for the first time?

I’ll be visiting Bluebird for the first time this winter so I’m hoping the guests might have some tips for me.

If you could be any magical or supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

Bilbo Baggins because he lives in Hobbiton which seems like an idyllic place to live and he also gets to go on wild adventures with Gandalf

What is your favorite kind of burrito?

Anything with blue agave sriracha or green dragon hot sauce

What piece of gear can’t you live without?

A beacon and a friend with a shovel and probe.

What’s the best backcountry touring tip you’ve ever heard?

If it’s a cold morning and you’ve got a long drive to the trailhead, put your ski boots in the foot space on the passenger side and blast the heat on your feet so all the hot air flows directly into your liners. This will make putting your boots on in the parking lot more like sliding into a cozy, warm pair of slippers and less like jamming your feet into a rock solid, ice cold, burial chamber, where your toes will instantly go numb.