“I want to reach skiers and snowboarders and show them how Native people have always been a part of the stories of the mountains and how we will continue to be in the future, through demonstrating my personal relationship to my home mountains. I’d like the ski community to see themselves as a part of a longer and deeper story with the land.” – Connor Ryan

Connor Ryan, Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta & professional skier, and Lonnie Kauk, Ahwahneechee climber & snowboarder, were taught by their Native elders to always show respect for the land, and now they use their roots to better understand and connect to the majestic mountains on which they live, ski, and snowboard.

My Ikon: My Connection
Directed by Shaandiin Tome
Starring Connor Ryan and Lonnie Kauk

Filmed this winter on Arapaho, Cheyenne, Ute, Numu, and Monache Territories: Winter Park Resort, Mammoth Mountain, Eldora Mountain Resort

In connection with this short film, Ikon Pass has made a monetary donation to the following organizations on behalf of Connor Ryan and Lonnie Kauk:

Natives Outdoors (
Sacred Rok (

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