for skiing started when my adventurous parents strapped skis to my feet at the
age of two and lowered me down the neighborhood sledding slope. I grew up in nature's playground;
spending winters in Utah and summers in Grand Teton National Park: skiing, fly
fishing, kayaking, climbing, and backpacking. My love of the outdoors lead me to study Environmental
Education at Western Washington University where I shaped my life around telemark
seasonal lifestyle, I finished my degree going to school in the summer and
taking winters off to surf the coveted Cascade Concrete of nearby Mt. Baker.
From washing dishes at The Alta Lodge to taking tourists sea kayaking in the
San Juan Islands, I'm willing to do just about anything to support my habit. Jake Sakson and I will be running
the second annual Beartooth Basin Big Mtn. Telemark Camp this June to share our
experience and love for the sport with the next generation of freeheel
rippers. I will also be working as
a whitewater raft guide and bartender through the summer so I can continue to
spend my winters playing in the snow.
Favorite SCARPA product: T-Race
What other SCARPA product do you use: I'm a big fan of SCARPA climbing shoes and approach shoes,; the Instinct S is my favorite sport climbing shoe for steep technical routes.
Your biggest influence growing up: Probably my parents, they raised me with a passion for experiencing and learning from the mountains, rivers, and deserts.
Biggest idol in your sport growing up: I didn't grow up telemark skiing, so I would have to say Eric Pollard was my most prominent ski influence.
What age did you start skiing: I started skiing at the age of two, and switched to freeheel skiing at 19.
How would you describe your style: Smooth
What can't you live without: Water and love
What keeps you motivated: I'm most motivated by the energy of youth in the sport. The young kids entering into telemark are so enthusiastic and excited to learn and have fun; they really motivate me to keep trying new things and to continue pushing myself.
If you could be a super hero who: Spider-Man of course. He can climb anything, shoot webs and swing around. What's cooler than that?
Guilty pleasure song: Row Row Row Your Boat
Strangest medical issue: Asthma or Migraine headaches
Favorite junk food: Chips
Favorite post activity drink: Coconut water
Best excuse to skip training: What's training?
Go-to dance move: The Wave
Favorite ice cream: Coconut gelato
Coffee or tea: Coffee
What do you do on off days: Work, climb, garden, play with my dog Hank
Last movie to make you cry: Guys don't cry
Favorite classic movie: Pulp Fiction
What's on your ipod: My ipod is broken, but lots of Reggae, Bluegrass, Hip Hop, and Classic Rock
Hidden talent/party trick: Shooting pennies or bottle caps at light speed and with precision accuracy
What kind of car do you drive: 1998 Subaru Forester with over 220,000mi, when it's running
Personal Blog: Beans & Rice Freeride