I grew up in the Alps, and learned to ski in the Valais region of Switzerland. The mountain traditions run deep in the Valais, and I think that really influenced me. Ever since I was a boy I wanted the mountains to be a big part of my life, not just on the weekend, but everyday.
The spirit of skiing:
For me skiing is all about the mountains, the full experience, I love the challenge of the climb, the effort – even the suffering, and the reward of being in really high and wild places that you can only get to on your own two feet. Skiing is the ultimate reward, and when you do it well it is art, left temporarily on the mountain.
The most risky experience:
When skiing on superlight gear I took when I thought was a life ending fall in the Ford Couloir above an 600’ ice fall. I was able to arrest myself before I gained too much speed. It made me rethink the balance between lightweight vs high performance.
The most painful experience:
At a critical time in my life, just when I thought things were coming together to take my profession and skills to the next level in the mountains, I had a big climbing fall and broke my back and wrist. The biggest pain was losing sight of my dreams, which I thought I was so close to. In the end i persevered, and things came together again. I learned a lot about mental discipline and the power of staying positive when things look grim, through that experience.
What goes throught your head before dropping a big face/ doing a trick?
I try to trust all the decisions I made that brought me to where I am now. Now its just time to ski, and do it as best my body knows how. No second guessing allowed.
Reminescence about KÄSTLE:
Growing up in the Alps KÄSTLE skis were everywhere – it reminds me of my childhood as a skier.
Three reasons why KÄSTLE:
It comes back to the balance between lightweight and high performance. The new TX series is the ultimate balance for modern ski mountaineering in big mountains.
What do you do in summer?
I'm a full time mountain guide, year round, so the summers are very busy leading my guests into my home mountains the Tetons, and beyond.
Role models/ Idols that inspire you?
I think what Chris Davenport has done over the last few years is pretty remarkable, bringing together powerful big mountain skiing with the endurance and skill to travel in big mountains. Kilian Jornet is an original also, Im very inspired by Kilian. Steve Romeo & Wray Landon were a close friends, and they showed me what uncompromised passion for skiing looks like – I miss them, but the inspiration lives on.
Trying to be the very best mountain guide I can, evolving, changing and adapting to make that happen. Sharing my passion, and connecting others with the power of the mountains is very important to me.