Date Of Birth: August 2
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Current Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Favorite Zone: Wasatch Mountains
Proudest Achievement: 1st ski descent of the Moose's Tooth.
Favorite Advocacy Org: Winter Wildlands Alliance
Somewhere along the way I fell off track and discovered an obsession for ascending to high-mountain places and skiing back down. I've been traveling the snowy regions of the world searching for powder and practicing the ski-mountaineering craft for the past 17 years. For 10 years my brother and I produced the Powderwhore Productions films and traveled around sharing the stoke. Now, I enjoy checking out new lines and new ranges, or ticking off steep skiing classics. In my time on snow I've laid down many first descents in my home range and Alaska. In 2010, I completed skiing all the lines in Andrew McLean's "Chuting Gallery". Since then I've laid down several cutting0edge first descents of my own off the Pfiefferhorn, Mount Olympus, Timpanogos, Storm Mountain and more. Last winter I completed the first winter version of the Hardrock 100 through the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. In recent years I've seen backcountry use explode, and I've been working with the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance and Winter Wildlands Alliance to advocate for human powered winter recreation and continued access to the places we love to play.
- How did you get involved with your respective sport?: My first day of backcountry skiing was life changing. Some friends took me out on a two-foot powder day. The freedom, challenge and joy of flying down the mountain hooked me, and it's been an obsession ever since.
- Who were your influences early in life?: Joseph Smith, Jesus, Andrew McLean, Jeremy Nobis, Doug Coombs.
- What draws you to the outdoors?: I love the freedom, meditation, inspiration, thrill and exploration. I'm lucky that I've been able to make sharing that experience into work through writing and shooting video.
- What do you like about SCARPA as a brand?: The BOOTS! SCARPA does one thing, and they do it well. I've always been on SCARPA because the fit and performance are in alignment with my feet and my mountain goals.
- Why do you trust SCARPA products?: I've always skied in SCARPA boots, since the first plastic telemark boots. They've continued to make hiking and skiing easier and more enjoyable. Plus, I've always liked and trusted Italians. Kind of a blind trust really, but it's worked thus far.
- What gets you out of bed on big days?: I'm very competitive and I know some bastard is going to steal my line and my powder if I don't get up earlier and go further to get the goods. Als, the alarm clock.
- What is your best excuse for skipping training?: I'm old..........and who trains for skiing anyway?
- Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: Ultragen for recovery, black cat for apres.
- If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be?: Anything from Tool
- What's the last movie that made you cry?: Tears are a waste of vital fluids.
- What's your dream trip or expedition?: Alaska is hard to beat, there are still so many unexplored places where ski turns can be made. All it takes if picking a range and you can find a pilot to drop you off there for a couple of weeks. I like heavy basecamping where there are multiple types of terrain and objectives in case certain aspects or elevations aren't in good shape.
- What makes a good adventure partner?: The thing I look for and respect the most in a partner is their amount of self-awareness. The most valuable skill in the mountains and in life is listening to yourself and knowing yourself and your motives. Those who are capable of self-mastery, will do well in mountain mastery. Fitness, willingness to suffer, sense of humor, humility and good looks are also important.
- Two truths and a lie: I lettered in Drama in High School. I lost my virginity to a clown. I'm a recovering Mormon.