Who We Are



The Front Range Powder Factory (FRPF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit run by a dedicated group of friends who celebrate life through skiing powder in the backcountry of Colorado.





Celebrating Life, One Turn At a Time

Life can lead you down a mountain of varied terrain, full of transitions and challenges. At some point in the year, you or someone you know may get stuck at a turn, unable to see any way forward.

At the Front Range Powder Factory, we hope our story inspires you to sustain a passion for life and encourages you to be an advocate for mental health in your community.  Learn the warning signs of suicide.  If someone you know is depressed or is showing signs of suicide, reach out, ask the hard questions and get help.


Always Dedicated to Our Friend

jt.steamboatOn March 21, 2006, the FRPF lost a good friend and integral member, John Thomas (J.T.) Fielder III, to suicide at the age of 26. On that day, J.T. skinned to the top a 13,000 ft. peak in one of his favorite backcountry skiing locations and rather than ski down, he took his own life. His body was found later that night by friends and a search and rescue team during a pitch dark blizzard.

J.T.’s death is an experience from which we will have difficulty recovering. Powder skiing and the preservation of wilderness were essential parts of J.T.’s life. On a snowy day in the backcountry J.T. reflected:

“If everybody could just get up here. If everyone in the cities could chill out comfortably without whining about the cold and the wind….just sit here and hear the wind through the trees; look off at the view and just feel it, feel the vibe. The world would be a better place.”


The Front Range Powder Factory on their annual New Year's backcountry hut trip.

The Front Range Powder Factory on their annual New Year’s backcountry hut trip.


3 Comments  to   Who We Are

  1. Liza Behrendt says:

    Hi! Will you have a 2015 calendar for sale soon? I want to buy one for a Christmas gift for an avid backcountry skier who would LOVE what you’re doing. I would want the calendar to be able to arrive by early December. Please let me know. Thanks!

  2. Molly Fiore says:

    I grew up in Evergreen in a skiing family. My mom has worked at Loveland Ski Area for about 30 years and my brother is also in the business. Skiing has always been a love as well as enjoying the beauty of Colorado. So I can appreciate your passion for skiing and the outdoors. Maybe more so, I can relate to a single mission of ending suicide. For me, as well, this is my life’s work. I’ve had a life long struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide. About 5 years ago, after a suicidal crisis, I chose to start living a different life. I have written a book sharing my story, Opting In, and speak often in communities and schools about the signs of suicide and how to safe a life. I taught 2 FIRE Within classrooms last year. I’d love to talk with you more about your mission and how we may be able to assist each other with similar purpose. I so acknowledge and thank you for the difference you are making.
    - Loving, Molly Booker Fiore

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