Jay Sandelin grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO where skiing is a fundamental part of everyday life. He learned to ski when he was four years old, and began competing shortly after that in downhill and giant slalom ski racing. When Jay was only sixteen he discovered gelande jumping and knew he had also found his first professional career. He set the world record in gelande jumping with a jump of 320 feet for the 90 meter. After seventeen years as a professional jumper he acknowledged his need for a career change.
He turned his attention to the sport of speed skiing and at the age of 40, he swept the European speed skiing circuit. Jay was the overwhelming winner in all the veteran classes, as well as, placing second in the French World Cup. He was the fastest American in Vars and the second fastest American in Les Arcs. In 2006 Jay retired from the competitive ski racing circuit. Over the years he has been involved in many ski film projects and resort promotions.
Jay started an excavating and demolition company, Sanaris Enterprises, in Whitefish in 1988. His company has been extremely successful over the years and he continues to be involved today. With the formation of Great Northern Powder Guides, Jay now has the opportunity to share his passion and expertise for skiing with guests from all over the world. He lives in Whitefish on a ranch with his wife and two sons. Jay is still an avid skier and when the snow melts he occupies his free time with hunting, fishing and flying his helicopter.