Age: 27 | Vitals: 5’3″, 120 lbs | Years Skiing: 25 | Current Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah
Raised in the shadows of the Wasatch Mountains, I am a genuine product of Utah. I’ve discovered that we are a rare breed as I’ve found myself surrounded by East Coast powderhounds and other transplants who settled here in the promised land of Zion.
Having ex-ski bums for parents*, I picked up skiing at a tender age and never looked back.
(*I recently had this conversation with my mom: ME: Did you plan on making skiers out of your daughters? MOM: No it wasn’t a conscious decision. It was something that we embraced and loved, and if they wanted to be our children, they could come along. Fuck them if they don’t want to ski.)
It was not until I was 18-years-old that I experienced snow conditions outside the state of Utah. It was a tough life, only ever having skied the “Greatest Snow on Earth” for the duration of my existence.
Attending college at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2008. As a terrified freshman looking to meet new friends and explore the Pacific Northwest, I unwittingly joined the university ski team so I could finally experience snow outside of Utah. I had never ski raced a day in my life but I gradually improved and even learned how to ski on ice. We explored a new resort each weekend and skied a pretty decent chunk of respectable PNW resorts, but nothing was quite like home…
After college I tried a few different jobs, but soon realized that my existence is futile without mountains. I returned to Salt Lake City and have been seeking untracked powder ever since. I now work for Backcountry.com, which does not inhibit my gear addiction by any means.
My favorite places to ski are Snowbird and Alta, with a bit of backcountry added to the mix. Skiing has literally shaped the direction and choices in my life, and I seldom know where the next turns may lead. When I am waiting for winter, I can be found impatiently mountain biking, paddleboarding, trolling local thrift stores in search of treasures, and making mossy terrariums.
Skis I’m stoked on:
Armada VJJ & Moment Bella