I grew up ski racing in Squaw Valley, the epicenter of rad big-mountain skiing at the time. Spotting legends like Shane McConkey, JT Holmes and CR Johnson ripping around Squaw was common. I aspired to be like those guys. After quitting ski racing and attending the University of Colorado, I entered my first big mountain competition and placed 3rd. My life’s path was clear from there. This is my 8th year with Blizzard/Tecnica. I love life and feel extremely grateful for where it’s led me!
What MOMENT do you ski for?
I ski for that moment of exhilaration and joy that comes from accomplishing something new on my skis for the first time whether it’s skiing a new line, landing a new trick or perfecting part of my technique. Leaving your comfort zone is always scary until you do it and pull it off. In life these breakthroughs can take years but on you skis these moments of gratification can happen instantaneously. What once terrified you becomes the new norm and that’s where the fun starts, when you can look back at you progression in skiing which help you in life.
How do you recharge your batteries for the next challenge?
Recharging and not burning out is key to a fun and long career in whatever passion you have. I recharge best after spending time with family and friends and taking time to enjoy the other aspects of life that don’t involve skiing. It’s good to be focused on what you do but too much attention to one thing can drive you crazy and turn you against your passion.
What sacrifices have you had to make to get to where you are today and were they worth it?
I don’t feel like I’ve made any sacrifices. Sure I don’t get to spend as much time with my friends and family, nor do I really live in one place thanks to this crazy lifestyle. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Skiing in my greatest passion. The greatest sacrifice would be not pursuing this dream to the fullest… so hell yes it’s worth it!
How does your mindset (or attitude) influence your performance?
I ski best when I’m having fun and I’m generally happy and optimistic. When it comes down to performing at the highest level I strive to find a good balance between keeping things fun while maintaining extreme focus on the task at hand. It’s a delicate balance and one I’m still trying to master.
What do you do when you aren’t skiing?
When I’m not skiing I love spending time with my family, friends and cat Mimzy. I also really enjoy cliff jumping, rock climbing, golfing, surfing and playing soccer.