Growing up as the son of a ski patroller in Vermont s Mad River Glen, the mountain was Lars Chickering-Ayers babysitter and skiing was in his blood. He cut his teeth on Mad River s famous steeps and ice, but he made his mark with his signature fluid style and massive airs on the Freeride World Tour. He was driven to take his aggressive style deeper into the backcountry, but limited by equipment that was not designed to withstand his brand of skiing. So he took a few design courses and put his mind to developing a binding system that would meet his needs. Today, Lars and his brother, Silas, have set a new standard in alpine touring with their company CAST Touring.