Age: 33 | Vitals: 5’6″, 135 lbs. | Years skiing: 30 | Current Residence: Sandy, Utah
I was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and learned to ice skate and ski at age two. I was playing hockey not long after, and my first ski setup was a pair of wood skis without edges, cable bindings, and a pair of leather boots. I rock climbed competitively and trained with World Cup climber Timmy Fairfield, but decided I loved snow more. I was fortunate to have a family that sailed, windsurfed, and backpacked all summer and then allowed me to ski all winter. The rule was: if I had straight A’s I could ditch school on any powder day.
Santa Fe and Taos were my home mountains growing up, so bumps, steeps, and trees defined my approach to the mountain. I was an alpine skier until my sophomore year in college when I bought a pair of Line Assassin 166cm twin tips mounted with Rottafella Cobra telemark bindings; I’ve been a freeheeler ever since. I lived in Santiago, Chile, for a year in college and skied and backpacked all over South America. My favorite resorts down there are Las Leñas and Los Penitentes.
Alta and Salt Lake City have been my home base since 2010. For me, Alta has everything I love to ski: Steep trees, technical chutes, a handful of big lines, endless playful natural features, and tons of deep powder. Alta also offers easy access to the some of most challenging backcountry terrain in the U.S. I love to skin up before the sun rises to ski 2,500 vertical feet before spending all day at the resort. To me, there is nothing better.
The crew at BLISTER has pushed me to redefine my skiing and become a better writer. Gear today is far more advanced than the swap skis I grew up on. I am really excited every time I get on a new pair of skis or gear to see how the design is going to respond to my style, hopefully supporting and advancing my technique. To me what is most important in a piece of gear that is transparent and intuitive. If the gear lets me do what I am inspired to do with out working against me, then it is doing its job. And if it looks really cool then that is an added bonus!
I’ve always loved the aspect of skiing that gets people on the lift hootin’ and hollerin’. So right now I’m working on my Misty 720s and my 360s, and my backflip is just waiting for the next big pow day! I’ve also been dialing in my switch tele-skiing and can’t wait to get into the park some more. Hanging out with a group of alpine skiers has always made me approach the mountain differently than a traditional teleskier would: I aim to have a more upright stance and strive to carve harder and more efficiently.
I’ve usually shied away from competitive skiing because I find skiing with a group of good friends is equally as challenging and rewarding, and you get more runs in. But the bottom line for me is I just love to be outside with a group of good people, good food, and, of course, really good gear. For me that is better than winning.
Gear I can’t live with out:
Rottafella NTN bindings, DPS Wailer 112 RP, Black Diamond Ascension Skins, Scarpa T-Race Boots, my Taos Trucker Hat, and my Jetboil.