Ski raced growing up. Raced at the University of Colorado, Coached at University of Colorado for two years, National Pacesetter for TEAMSKI (4 yrs), Ski Mountaineering.
The spirit of skiing:
Whether you are going fast or slow, the beauty and efficiency of skis on your feet is an amazing experience. But skiing is more than that to me – being a skier is a lifestyle. I started skiing when I was two, my Dad was a Ski Area Designer/Planner and a ski lift has been within a few blocks of my house virtually my entire life.
The most risky experience:
Skied a 1st Descent of 14,150’ Capitol Peak and skied the Lhotse Face on Everest both with Chris Davenport.
The most painful experience:
Ripped my shoulder off rock climbing. Most painful skiing was when a cornice broke on me. I climbed the ridge back over a mile to where we started with a broken ankle.
The ultimate day on the mountain:
Skiing the Lhotse Face was incredible. I wish we had taken our skis to the top! On any day of the season, doing hiking laps with my friends in Highlands Bowl in good conditions is hard to beat.
Reminescence about KÄSTLE:
I had a pair of Kastle RX7’s when I was growing up. I love the race heritage that these skis are based on. KÄSTLE is not just making stuff that they hope will work – they understand how a ski turn is made and what the ski needs to do and how it needs to respond. They have added modern shapes to perfect constructions and realized the best skis possible.
Three reasons why KÄSTLE:
There are no gimmicks with KÄSTLE. It is a proven construction with a modern shape. No matter how fast, hard or technically I want to ski, they are always ready to do more.
What do you do in summer?
I trail run, ride my bike, rock climb and continue doing engineering product design
Role models/ Idols that inspire you?
My old ski coach Peter Looram who taught me how to make a ski sing. Many years ago, he unfortunately got Rheumatoid Arthritis but he is still one of the smoothest, technically gifted skiers I know. Also, my ski partner Chris Davenport, who always is positive, supportive, confident and safe in the big mountains.
Ski mountaineering in new terrain. Whether it’s easy or hard, great turns with your friends are the best. I love trail running long distances up in the high country. It defines freedom to me.
Descent from Lothse face (Mt. Everest) with Chris Davenport