I raced up until my sophomore year in college at which point I realized between FIS and NCAA there was far too much bureaucracy in the sport- it was simply no longer fun. I promptly transferred schools and focused on skier X and big mountain skiing. For the past several years I’ve focused on competitive big mountain skiing, rediscovering the camaraderie and enthusiastic atmosphere that initially attracted me to racing.
The spirit of skiing:
Having fun with your friends whether it’s a bluebird powder day or overcast and icy, there’s always fun to be had somewhere.
The most risky experience:
Snowmobile skiing in Idaho early season and having a cornice drop on my friend and I. We each had to out run the avalanche in different directions not seeing where the other went, both thinking the other was buried.
The most painful experience:
The last 22 years of my life when I’ve been skiing on skis other than Kastle.
The ultimate day on the mountain:
Up early, on the first tram, and it’s snowing two or three inches and hour. Lapping the tram all day with friends, sending everything. Skiing until we can’t stand any more and then going to The Bistro for all you can eat oysters.
What goes throught your head before dropping a big face/ doing a trick?
I usually take a moment to look around and breath and take it all in. Then I run through the landmarks I’ve picked out on the face so I know where I’m going. Finally, I clamp down the boots, take a few more deep breaths, and drop in.
Reminescence about KÄSTLE:
Ah, the legend. Growing up I remember all the rippers at my local mountain skiing on Kastle. Not just the racers, but also the guys that could ski the entire mountain, in all conditions.
Three reasons why KÄSTLE:
Race ski technology applied to a big mountain ski. Kastle is a young, driven company. The skis aren’t one-condition specialists: they rip wide-open faces and the resort as well.
What do you do in summer?
I love hiking, biking, boating, and pretty much any outdoor activity imaginable. Camping at mountain lakes with friends in Idaho is about as good as it gets.
Role models/ Idols that inspire you?
I look up to a lot of athletes outside of the ski industry that not only push the limits of their sport, but also try to change the way that outsiders view their sport. I try to apply their attitudes toward skiing and make it my own. I admire what Laird Hamilton, David Benedek, and Travis Rice are doing for their respective sports
I’d like to think of myself as having a relentless sense of adventure, for anything. The act of trying new things- not necessarily liking them- but just trying them keeps me going.
Overall US Freeskiing Series (2nd Place)
Las Lenas Freeskiing Open, Las Lenas/Argentina (2nd Place)
Nissan Russian Adventure; Soochi/Russia (5th Place)
U.S. Extreme Skiing Championships; Crested Butte, CO
Subaru Telluride Freeskiing Open, USA (1st Place)
"sickbird" belt buckle holder
Freeride de Tignes, France (4th Place)
Subaru Jackson Hole Freeskiing Open (1st Place)
Subaru Telluride Freeskiing Open (2nd Place)
Subaru US Extreme Freeskiing Championship, Crested Butte/USA (3rd Place)
Overall US Freeskiing Series (4th Place)
Trip to Alaska, filming for TGR "The Dream Factory"