Date Of Birth: 10/07/76
Hometown: Colden, New York
Current Location: Breckenridge Colorado
Favorite Zone: The snow covered mountain I am standing on...
Proudest Achievement: The Core of the Gore Tour- A wilderness skiing adventure in a day- Eight major lines on Eight 13’ers, crossing 8 valleys. 16,200’ ascent, 26.2 miles 15hr 50min. 4/22/17
Favorite Advocacy Org: Sierra Club
I’ve thrived in the snow since sledding every day as a kid in the Lake Effect snow belt of Western New York. Nordic, Alpine, Snowboard we just hammered from jump to jump every day. Gravel pits in the summer kept the fire burning till winter. I learned to rock climb in the Adirondack mountains of NY. Traditional climbing took me to the big stone of Yosemite and Rocky Mountain National Park where I loved to link up big lines for all day epic adventures. I wanted to ski the backcountry like I lapped the resort and rock.
After competing in Freestyle and Freeskiing comps, and teaching and coaching skiing professionally, I turned more energy to Ski Mountaineering and Ski Mountaineering Racing. Skimo combines the demanding skills of downhill ski racing, the stoke to charge in high consequence terrain, of Freeride skiing, and light and fast mentality of alpine mountain climbing. The efficient technique and movement I had gained from Ski Mountaineering Racing paved the way for larger mountain objectives. Putting it all together makes floating up and down a grip of lines in the backcountry a daily fluid experience. I have been lucky enough to make countless backcountry ski tours, speed ascents/descents, and many first descents, from summits of the Colorado Rockies, Wasatch, Tetons, Cascades, Canadian Rockies, Sierra Nevada, Alps and beyond. Annual and daily focussed avalanche education, and continually pursuing a deeper understanding of Snow Science is a passion and necessity for my team. With all these things combined, 3000’ powder runs get slain before work in an hour and a half, long approaches are reduced to a gliding warm up, and a 10k day shredding powder laden peaks is a standard fun ski tour with the crew! I am forever grateful to stand on the shoulders of the mountaineering greats that have opened our eyes to what is possible on skis!
- How did you get involved with your respective sport?: I was born into a snowy landscape.
- Who were your influences early in life?: Glen Place, Tony Hawk, Peter Croft, Lynn Hill, Paul Petzold, Jim Bridwell, Ansel Adams, Gordon Downie, Paul Ketzer, my family.
- What do you like about SCARPA as a brand? : Its a very old family run Italian shoe maker. There is history, passion and modern relevance. They make the greatest shoed specific to my vision of mountain travel.
- What gets you out of bed on big days? : The mystery of the adventure? Can we do it!? What will we find and learn! The anticipation of spending the day with in incredible places with incredible people!
- What is your best excuse for skipping training? : Every day is training. Weather resting or charging It all leads to the mountains!
- Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: Chocolate milk with Gnarly Whey and a pint of beer for a sidecar.
- If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be? : At Transformation The Tragically Hip
- What's the last movie that made you cry? : I fall asleep at movies
- What's your dream trip or expedition? : Going even bigger in my home ranges. Speed Flying ski enchainment in British Colombia.
- What makes a good skiing/climbing/running/hiking partner? : The ability to laugh while suffering. Being true to word and believing.
- Two truths and a lie: I love sliding rails, I love the New York wilderness and the city. I live by the saw.