Age: 23 | Vitals: 6’2”, 160 lbs | Years skiing: 18 | Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colorado
I was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico. Growing up in Taos, summers were filled with day trips down to the Rio Grande, frequent hikes around the boundaries of the ski basin and Taos Mountain, and the occasional trail ride. I started skiing when I was five years old, and joined the Taos Ski Team a few seasons later to race GS and Super-G.
At 14, I found myself more interested and inspired by TGR ski films than world-cup race footage, and I quit the team to pursue big mountain free-riding. In high school, I dove and went out for track every spring, but no sport could beat skiing. I spent nearly every weekend and each day of winter break on the mountain. Living in Colorado now, I’ve had the chance to get more days on mountains less familiar to me, and am working to explore CO’s backcountry terrain more extensively.
I’m happy to ski anywhere, but when it hasn’t snowed for a week or more, and the steeps are littered with bulletproof bumps, you’ll find me either searching for remaining chute lines or off in the trees.
Yet, I suppose due to a racing background and an appreciation for a ski’s carving ability, I am happy railing GS-turns on groomers for a day if that’s what the conditions are favoring. When it comes to bumps, I must say I’m not usually one to take the zipper-line, but will probably look to cut larger turns to doubling over and through the mogul field if I can.
A perfect pow-day in my book consists of boosting and dropping off anything I can (I’m always on the lookout for natural features and transitions to hit up), opening things up here and there to cut big turns through the fresh and chop.
I always enjoy fast and aggressive big-mountain riding, so I usually prefer a ski with a formidable tail that finishes a turn well and can hold up at very high speeds. However, with so many interesting ski designs out there, I also really enjoy spending time on skis that cater to a mellower, more playful, very different style of riding.
For me, skiing is inherently awesome. The environment is spectacular, and the simple enjoyment of being “out-there” is enough to make every time out special. Add to that the rush of charging down a face, and there is nothing else like it.
Skis I’m stoked on:
12/13 Moment Bibby Pro; 11/12 ON3P Caylor; 11/12 Nordica Girish; 12/13 Volkl Katana; 12/13 Blizzard Cochise; 12/13 Moment Belafonte; 12/13 Salomon Rocker2 108; 12/13 Salomon Rocker2 115