Mark 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, he is a permanent fixture on the TV8 team.
Mark 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. 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. There is no “trout” about it, Mark is proud to be a member of the TV8 team and the Vail Valley community.
Ashley has called the Rocky Mountains home for over ten years. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Broadcasting, she moved to Summit County with her best friend for “a season”. As soon as she discovered snowboarding, it was clear that one season would never be enough.
Outside of TV8 Vail, Ashley also works for ESPN at the X Games each summer and winter. She’s been a member of their X-Squad since 2014. Ashley is a mountain girl through and through and she’s incredibly excited to be part of the TV8 team and the Vail Valley community.
Having lived in the Midwest, on the East Coast, in Europe, and in Southeast Asia, nothing felt quite like home until Molly ended up in Colorado. A die-hard city girl, Molly was surprised at how quickly she fell in love with the mountains and the lifestyle. She has a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is thrilled to be putting it to good use in the Vail Valley.
Outside of TV8, Molly works as a corporate wellness consultant and integrative health coach, helping businesses and individuals to be happier and healthier. She has lived in the Vail Valley for two years now with her husband and dog and has no plans to leave any time soon.
Hailing from Colorado, Eric “Minishred” Sundblad pursued his passion for snowboarding and found himself in the Vail Valley in 2008. He chased a career with Burton Snowboards that led him briefly to Vermont as a Boots Product Manager, but the call of home was too much to ignore and Eric returned to the Vail Valley permanently in 2015. A passion for presenting in front of large crowds and being in front of the camera led Eric to the TV8 Team.
Eric can typically be found deep in the backcountry split-boarding or hiking with his Golden Retriever Minnie-Shred, or on the couch soaking in the latest video game or perfecting his craft and persona listening to podcasts.
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, skiing, and hunting 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 and his 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 TV8 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 and is the Director of Fishing Events for Mountain Games.