NET Co-Director and founder, Educational Staff member.
PSIA Level 3
20 year pin
Telemark skiing, horseback riding, diving (Naui certified), licenced pilot, sailing, classical piano, duck hunting, skeet shooting (placed 1st in the 28 gauge in The 2011 Maine Skeet Championship) and bluegrass bass.
Biff has been in the telemark ski business for many years starting his first telemark event at Lost Valley, ME in 1989. He was introduced to telemark skiing by his wife to be, Chake, in 1980. Biff started the first Maine Telemark Festival at Mt. Abram in 1993 while serving as Telemark Director. He eventually moved the festival and his instructors to Wildcat Mountain re-naming the festival the New England Telemark Festival. There he met Matt DiBenedetto, assistant ski school director and together they founded New England Telemark in 2000.
Biff is an avid sailer and scuba diver. He has also been working as a professional artist for the last 30 years and has paintings in collections around the world. His work can be seen at www.peytonart.com (Biff's "real" name is Peyton Higgison). Biff has two sons, Hunter and Skyler and both learned to telemark at an early age. His wife Chake is a painter and art teacher and they live on a farm with their horses, chickens, dog, cat and all of Biff' skis. Biff plays bluegrass bass but his real musical love is classical piano. He also writes songs and you can check out his song and video 'Telemark Guy' here.
Biff's motto is... Hope but don't expect.
Biff skis on BD Stigmas, Hart One, Rossignol S7, Voile Vector and Volkl Race Tigers. Additional skis include the BD Justice and the Karhu X-bound. All skis are mounted with Hammerhead bindings. His boots of choice are the Garmont Genesis.
'...Higgison has added an aura of professionalism to the longstanding telemark promotions which have made him among New Englands most notable free-heel artists.'
-New England Ski Journal, January, 2002
Wanted to say thanks again for the lessons this past weekend at Shawnee. Had a blast!
I'm a converting alpine skier with 20 years of alpine experience. 3 hours of Biff helping me iron out my "bad" alpine ways yielded a decent tele turn by the end of the day. I'm hooked!!!
See you at Sunday River!