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Tricia Swenson

Tricia started out like most others who come to a ski town to work "for one season" and never left. She loves the mountain lifestyle and all it has to offer and she tries to take advantage of the variety of activities that are accessible in a mountain town during the winter- skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, telemark skiing, and snowshoeing. When the snow melts, Tricia shifts gears and turns to biking, kayaking, hiking, and fly-fishing. Tricia also enjoys traveling and has been fortunate enough to visit Southeast Asia, Alaska, Europe, Central America, and South America.

In addition to being the Executive Producer & Host of Good Morning Vail on TV8, Tricia was an anchor for RSN's Outdoor Updates on CNN Headline News airing in metropolitan areas across the U.S. and has reported on events and activities at many Colorado ski areas for The Weather Channel. She also interviewed many Olympic athletes for the Jeep King of the Mountain and 48 straight Ski & Snowboard Cross tours on national television. Most recently, Tricia was the host for the 2011 CBS College Sports Alt Games.

Tricia's hidden talents include driving John Deere tractors and knitting. She grew up on a farm and her summer job was driving tractors, trucks, and combines. When someone says, "My car is kind of big, are you sure you can drive it?" her favorite reply is, "I've driven things bigger than your house!" As for the knitting, Tricia and friends get together in the fall for Stitch-and-Bitch where they watch Monday Night Football and catch up on all the gossip.

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Mark Sassi, aka (Sassi) packed up his VW and started to long trek from Maine to Vail in the fall of 1996, in search of bigger mountains, deeper snow and bigger trout.

17 years later he has found all that and more. Married with 2 wonderful kids, Mark now is a permanent fixture on the tv8 team. He works on air as a co-host and weatherman and he also sells advertising space with tv8. He is passionate about working on television and sharing his love of the Vail valley with everyone. In a former live he was a brook trout and spends most of his free time in eternal pursuit of another fish on another day.  He fuels this addiction through the constant education and instruction of fly fishing to those like-minded individuals. He is a nationally certified fly casting instructor and outdoor steward and one of his goals is to leave our natural world better than he found it for future generations.

Fly fishing is the confluence of your mind, body and soul and eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through it. An annual rite of passage into the spring for him is the Go Pro Mountain Games and Mark has stood on the podium twice so far with gold and silver medals, both in the One Fly Xtreme. His also enjoys playing tennis, cooking and the pure enjoyment he gets from spending time with his close friends and family.

There is no "trout" about it, Mark is proud to be a member of the tv8 team and the Vail Valley community.


Tracy Miller

Growing up from coast to coast, Tracy Miller (Kurt) took the high road to mountains of Colorado after graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1995.

Upon moving to the mountains to live the active lifestyle, Tracy utilized her degree in Communications and began a broadcasting career in radio and TV. For many years, she hosted and produced a successful radio morning show highlighting music and lifestyle, broadcasting to Eagle and Pitkin counties. Radio transitioned to non-profit work where Tracy excelled in event planning, emceeing and fundraising.

As an event planner, Tracy focused on food and parties. She then began studying food science, preparation and technique. In the summer of 2009, Tracy whimsically entered a Cooking Light magazine contest and was nationally recognized for her original, healthy meal. Tracy grew up eating healthy, being active and cooking from scratch. Her mission is to encourage people to eat fruits and vegetables at every meal.

Tracy joined the TV8 team in the winter of 2010 as an on-mountain reporter and vegetable cooking expert. Tracy is the Colorful Cook, teaching viewers how to add a pinch of color to every meal by including fresh fruits and vegetables. She shares her original recipes with viewers weekly on Good Morning Vail and hosts Elite Chef's, a culinary technique show featuring local chefs. Tracy is a cooking instructor at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, CO. She lives in Eagle with her husband and two children.


Ken Hoeve

Going into his 10th season as a host of Good Morning Vail and his 20th winter as an Eagle County resident, Ken Hoeve is known for serving up broadcasts with true local knowledge as well as unbridled humor and enthusiasm. Over his two decades in the valley Ken has spent an equal amount of time on the airwaves as he has on the slopes and in the rivers. He has played host around the country for events like the Quicksilver Tahoe-Nalu, Teva Mountain Games, Reno River Festival and even the World Freestyle Kayak Championships. His passion as a whitewater kayak racer has also had him at the top of the podium at events like the class V Gore Canyon kayak race and more recently as the champion of the 2011 Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival. And with 20 years of riding the trails of Vail and Beaver Creek on his snowboard he offers TV8 viewers an "insiders" perspective to getting around the mountains by day and the villages by night. He sums up life in the mountains by simply saying "we live at the two greatest resorts on the planet and I'm honored to share my knowledge, excitement and experiences with our viewers in every broadcast".


Ti Diaz

Ti Diaz is a TV8 co-host for "Good Morning Vail".  Based in the stations world headquarters in Vail, Diaz joins the station as a go to correspondent for live on the mountain reports across Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain.

Diaz is a certified Snowboard Instructor and enjoys the high altitude life as a skier and snowboarder.  When the winter season shifts gears, Diaz can be found simply taking advantage of off season hiking and biking locally or being a tourist himself visiting the various small resort towns throughout Colorado.

Diaz is a long time Vail Valley local arriving much like most of others on a "2 week ski vacation" that seems to have never ended. 


Rick Messmer

Rick is a native of Colorado and has lived in the Vail Valley since 1996.  After graduating from the University of Puget Sound, he followed his passions of fly fishing and skiing and that brought him back to the mountains of his home state.  Father and son fishing trips throughout his youth taught Rick the importance of patience, persistence, and attention to detail.  These three traits he continues to use in his everyday life and in everything in which he is involved.  Rick's enthusiasm for the lifestyle available here in Eagle County is infectious.  He, his wife, and daughter call Eagle Ranch home, but he has lived in Vail, Eagle-Vail, Avon, Edwards, and Wolcott.

Rick returns again as a part of the TV-8 family as one of our Good Morning Vail Co-Hosts and Hosts throughout the winter season.  Outside of the Good Morning Vail programming, Rick has been featured on two episodes of ESPN's Fly Fishing America; host of the show Eagle Valley Outdoors; and as host a few segments of Vacation Sensations.  Rick is also the Director of Fishing Events for Teva Mountain Games.  While not doing all of the above, Rick's "real job" is in real estate where he is the Managing Broker of Prudential's Eagle Ranch Office.


Martha Brassel

Originally from up-state New York Martha has been in Vail, Colorado since 1997.  Having attended the University of Colorado in Boulder Martha decided that she would spend just one last winter in Colorado before graduate school.  She never went back to school and she has made Vail her home since the fateful winter of 1997.

Loving her life in Colorado Martha enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, cycling and taking hikes with her Great Pyrenees Daisy.  Managing the Vail International Dance Festival keeps her busy but she still finds time to serve on the board of directors for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund and the Millennium Society and of course, hosting Good Morning Vail on Sunday mornings.

She always has her finger on the pulse of all the activities and fundraising events in the Vail area and loves to include anyone looking to support a worthy cause and have a great time! 


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