Date Of Birth: March 8
Hometown: Galena, IL
Current Location: Silver Plume, CO
Favorite Zone: Passo Pordoi
Proudest Achievement: First documented tele double backy
Favorite Advocacy Org: CAIC
As a kid, my Mom would drop me off at our local 300 vertical foot "mountain" in Dubuque, IA, and I wouldn't stop skiing until I had frost bite on my cheeks and it was closing time. I was in love. I raced throughout childhood, often driving 8 hours one way to races on weekends. I left college for Colorado, and never looked back. I've learned to work hard in the summer in order to live and ski hard in the winter. Being a professional skier has given me opportunities to travel across the world, to make best friends, and to make a life doing what I love. I'm proud to ski for and work with companies like SCARPA, and I hope to ski well into old age.
- How did you get involved with your respective sport?: When I moved to Colorado, I was awed by the expanse of the mountains and realized there was a lot more than the race hill. I started telemarking to get around better and challenge myself in new ways. Now, backcountry is at the core of my skiing and soul.
- Who were your influences early in life?: My brother Eric, a skier and endurance competitor. Scot Schmidt, pioneer of extreme skiing.
- What draws you to the outdoors?: Feeling primal. Putting myself in situations where instinct prevails.
- What do you like about SCARPA as a brand?: The quality and durability of the products. It feels like you're actually part of the SCARPA- family, with great people at the core.
- Why do you trust SCARPA products?: SCARPA makes very specific gear for very specific arenas. It's specialized for comfort and technical needs.
- What gets you out of bed on big days?: Every ski day is a big day to me. It's an opportunity to learn and grow from varying conditions and experiences.
- What is your best excuse for skipping training?: There is no good excuse. But family does come first sometimes.
- Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: Chocolate milk.
- If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be?: Ricky Scaggs, Pig in a Pen
- What's the last movie that made you cry?: Debbie Does Dallas 4
- What's your dream trip or expedition?: Skiing Antarctica. Skiing anywhere based out of a boat.
- What makes a good adventure partner?: Someone who understands that your life is in their hands, and takes that fact seriously.
- Two truths and a lie: Hard worker. Bad employee. Rather be fishing.