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
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
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.
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
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
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 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
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.
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!
Just like the ole saying goes, "I came out for one winter to be
a ski bum, that was 20 years ago", Billy started his ski bum life
as a lift operator in Beaver Creek and has now lived in the Vail
Valley off and on for over 21 years, enjoying everything the high
country lifestyle has to offer; snowboarding, snowshoeing, mountain
biking, fly fishing, hiking, camping, atving, and river sports. He
spent several years in Los Angeles, living the starving actor life
in a VW van, and studying at the prestigious Lost Studio in
Hollywood under teachers such as Colin Firth, Bob Romanus, Meg
Tilly, and Eric Stoltz, and working on-set on shows like,
Seinfeld, Friends, and ER, as well as
various film and stage productions. Now into his fifth year with
TV8, he has carved out a rewarding niche meeting and interviewing
international celebrities, super star athletes, and locals alike
hosting live afternoon shows like, Off The Hill, and
regular morning programming with Good Morning Vail. A true
professional and always ready to jump in with both feet, he brings
a unique energy and style to his work, never afraid to get dirty in
When not in front of the camera, he pursues an array of
interests and is often described as a modern Renaissance
man, working behind the camera as a internationally published
freelance photographer, working on film projects as an
award-winning actor, researching the latest in outdoor photography
gear as a patented inventor, and most recently, endless hours with
the Denver Museum of Nature & Science hunting ancient dinosaurs
and Ice-Age beasts. Currently living in Edwards, he spends
his time between the Vail Valley & South Park, here in
Colorado, and a small island getaway off the coast of Belize. For
more information, check out his website at www.billydoran.com