Hank Bates grew up in Cottonwood Heights, Utah spending a significant amount of time in the Wasatch Mountains. At the age of two he was introduced to skiing by both of his parents at Snowbird. By the time Hank reached his teenage years he was an athlete for SBSEF, competing in both Freeride and the Alpine Racing disciplines and attended the Winter Sports School for his high school education. Currently he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, still dabbles in the FWQ 4* contests, and focuses primarily on creating content consisting of being in front of the lens in both film and photography in the backcountry as well as at Snowbird and other ski areas. When not skiing Hank enjoys biking, fly-fishing, hiking, and being on the water.