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.
Claire's quest for a life of fun and adventure has taken her around the globe, living in 8 countries and traveling to more than 40. Following graduation from the University of Texas, Claire became an Air Force intelligence officer. Subsequently she completed two advanced degrees, most recently an MFA from City University Hong Kong in creative writing. After their world travels, Claire and her family chose the Colorado high country to make their forever home where they ski, hike, bike, and bowl together as a family. Claire is thrilled to be a part of the Good Morning Vail team promoting all that the Vail Valley has to offer.
Tracy Miller moved to Colorado twenty years ago after graduating from University of New Hampshire and started a career in broadcasting right away. She has been in television and radio for years, hosting many successful, live morning shows. You’ll often see Tracy encouraging you to cook healthy and embrace an active lifestyle. Tracy has been cooking on TV8 for many years and highlights simple foods prepared with fruits and vegetables. In addition to working at TV8, Tracy has a catering business and teaches culinary classes.
Her real passion is raising her two daughters with love, friendship and lots of activity. You’ll often find Tracy enjoying the outdoors and she especially loves snowboarding and anything sports related in the winter.
Originally from Otisco, New York, Owen’s love of the outdoors, mountains and music led him to the Vail Valley in 2013 after graduating from the University of Richmond with a degree in Jazz Performance and a concentration in Arts Management. Owen’s journey to Vail was a natural one. He grew up hearing stories of hiking to high mountain lakes and skiing Vail’s legendary backbowls from his parents who called Vail home during the 1980s.
Also an event producer and fundraiser, Owen channels his passion for world-class music into the presentation of more than 75 jazz performances and 50 music education programs annually through his work as the Development Director of Vail Jazz.
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.