I grew up ski racing at Snowbird until I was about 18 years old. I started going to the University in Utah when a chance opportunity led to shooting photos with local photographers. I really enjoy the process of working as a team to capture ski photos. Looking for light, good snow, and interesting terrain to make a good photo is what keeps me inspired now.
What MOMENT do you ski for?
My favorite feeling on skis is in the transition between turns, when you are getting shot out of one turn and into the other. On a steep pitch or in powder you become completely weightless and it feels like you are just falling through space.
How do you recharge your batteries for the next challenge?
Marcus really needs his alone time. I just need to be alone for a week where I can hike and go take pictures of landscapes. Sunrises, naps, and sunsets.
How do you conquer difficult situations?
The hardest situation for me is to back out of something that I want to do. You need to be honest with yourself, know what you are capable of, and if you are uncomfortable with something speak up. It’s hard to admit when you are in over your head but it’s a necessary skill to have.
What sacrifices have you had to make to get to where you are today and were they worth it?
Pretty much everything in my life gets pushed aside for skiing. Friends, family, health, time for everything else. Skiing has always come first. I don’t know who or where I would be without skiing, so it’s hard to say if its “worth it.” It’s just what I have always done. Maybe I would be a starting pitcher for the Yankees or driving an F1. If that were the case then no, it would not be worth it!!
What do you do when you aren’t skiing?
I love to climb and run around the mountains. There is something really calming about traveling around rough terrain efficiently.
What strategy do you use to overcome pressure and stress for optimum performance?
I actually take a lot of inspiration from the kids that I coach in the summertime at my camp. I see them get scared in certain situations, even though they are totally capable. When you are scared of something, you go through the necessary safety checklist, and once it all checks out there’s nothing left to do but go for it.