Our Expert Staff


We know that our expert staff is one of the things that separates us. We use the gear we sell – we know how to qualify you for the best gear to suit your unique needs. We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our staff and let you get to know them a little bit better.


Ric Emmons – SNAC Sonora

Enthusiasm is Ric’s middle name. Whether he’s talking about the local bouldering areas, the newest disc golf course or where to find the best Mexican food in Sonora, you can count on Ric to give the best beta – along with his signature grin.

Aretha Verbeck – SNAC Arnold, Murphys & Sonora

When Jill asked ,”who wants to work in Arnold and be a Women’s Department Buyer?”, Aretha raised her hand.  She’s happy to be working closer to home, and still be in the outdoor biz. With all that extra free time, she can be found boarding or kayaking with her daughter.  Welcome Back, Mountain Girl!

Annie Dahlberg – SNAC Sonora

Next time you’re in Sonora, stop by SNAC to see what’s hot this season and meet Annie, the newest member of the SNAC Sonora Team. When she’s not climbing, or hiking, she can be found teaching dance, her other passion. If you miss her, she’s probably out exploring with the love of her life, Mila, her four legged adventure partner.


Suki Tutthill – SNAC Murphys

If you’ve been to downtown Murphys, you probably know Suki. We just love all the positive energy she brings to SNAC Murphys. If you ever need to know anything about Murphys, she’s your gal as she’s happy to share the town’s rich history. She can also point you in the right direction for all your needs – from local recreation to international travel!

Beth Machado – SNAC Murphys

You’ll probably recognize Murphys local, Beth when you see her at SNAC. When she’s not out walking with her dogs or working in her garden, she can found learning what she can about her new job.  She gave Disc Golf a try recently – what’s next?

Clint Smitheman – SNAC Arnold

How can that much knowledge of the Sierra Nevada be packed into one person’s brain? Raised in Tuolumne County, Clint was introduced to climbing and backpacking before he learned to walk, climbing his first High Sierra peak when he was 3 years old.  Backcountry skiing since he was 10, he has skied every month in the new millennium.


Max McCormick – SNAC Arnold

When the snow flies, Max is known as the Tuning Wizard.  He brings his passion for winter sports and snowboarding to the back shop where he can McGuyver any repair.  When the snow melts, you may see him on the water combining his love of fishing with kayaking for a SNAC two-fer!


Yvonne Warner – Office Manager, SNAC Arnold

Ever wonder how we keep all the balls in the air at the same time?  It’s with great behind-the-scenes help upstairs in the office.  Yvonne’s raised four kids, so she knows how to keep the staff in line.  She’s on it when it comes to getting everyone what they need to do their jobs and keeping our vendors happy.  How could we function without the zen calmness she brings to The Cosmic Brain?


Shawn Seale – SNAC Arnold

Shawn’s been SNAC’s visionary from day one. He’s always looking downstream and getting ready to ride the next wave. Like a kid who never grew up – he’s surrounded himself with the youthful energy of our staff…and a lot of toys.


Jill Seale – SNAC Arnold

Always the planner, Jill’s specialty is logistics, although she prefers applying it to a backcountry setting. Whether she’s organizing the staff, planning our company trips or feeding large groups of adventurers – it’s all in the details.

Chad twins

Chad Holbrook – SNAC Arnold

A few years ago when Chad worked for SNAC he suggested we start a Disc Golf Department.  We did and it made the local and Love Creek players happy.  When he’s not sharing his passion for Disc Golf or Snowboarding, he can be found juggling his twin girls, Lily & Ruby.

Eric Davis – SNAC Arnold

Our Go-to Rental Guy is Eric.  In the winter he’s gonna make sure you have a great day on the mountain and in the summer, a great day at the lake.  He’s passionate about snowboarding and stand-up paddleboarding, so when you get back from your perfect day, don’t be surprised if you walk out the door with a new board!

Waxing & Tuning in Arnold

All modern ski/snowboard bases need waxing on a regular basis. There is a myth that “Extruded” (used on less expensive…..