Treasured Heights’s mission is to make content that inspires people to get into their own local parks, to take skis to new places, and to become active in protecting our landscapes or ancestral homelands. Passion and awareness go hand in hand. The effort started in 1998 with the quest to ski all of the Northeastern high points, and continues to this day with the Skiing States Project covering all snowy states coast to coast. The project provides the framework to go to rarely visited parks and wild lands along the path and discover hidden beauty as well as the native roots of these landscapes.

Working with others:

Treasured Heights media has involved promotion or cooperation with those committed to conservation and the benefits of human-powered low impact use of wild lands. Past organizations:

  • Natives Outdoors
  • Winter Wildlands Alliance
  • Granite Backcountry Alliance
  • Keith Bear, Supaman (native musicians)
  • And more…
The quest to ski Gannett Peak. Wyoming is the most challenging of 48 state high points. See it in “Skiing States: Wyoming” episode on Vimeo and YouTube.

The meaning of Treasured Heights:

The name Treasured Heights comes from the fact that both settlers and indigenous people on this continent have found wonder in our high buttes, mountains and hills. The crow logo is a symbol of knowledge. We who explore on skis seek to know our landscapes as well as inner selves.


While Mike started the video archives in 1998 on VHS-C video tape, he continues to film new adventures and documentaries in HD and soon in 4K. List of films available online (Videos page) >

How it started:

Mike Whelan has worked in television and film for 19 years and wanted to create content that promotes conservation and all forms of human-powered skiing. About the founder Mike Whelan >




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