Age: 47 | Vitals: 6’2” 165lbs | Years skiing: 24 | Current Residence: Taos, New Mexico
I started working at the Boot Doctors in Taos in February, 1992. Over the past 22 years I’ve gone from being a rookie and Master Fit University attendee to one of the senior bootfitters at the Boot Doctors and Masterfit Instructor.
At Master Fit University I teach the Associates and Associates Plus courses that cover basic bio mechanics of the foot and ankle; stance alignment; boot shell and boot liner modifications; basic footbed installation; construction of Instaprint custom footbeds; and other boot fitting tricks and techniques. Teaching at Master Fit U means that I get to work with some of the biggest innovators in the bootfitting industry, guys like Greg Hoffman, Nick Blaylock, Jack Rafferty, Mark Elling, Jim Schaffner, and of course, Bob Gleason.
A very nice perk of working at The Boot Doctors is that it’s just a three minute walk to Lift 1 at TSV. And with a 2 to 3 hour break everyday, most of my work days have included skiing everything Taos has to offer for the last twentytwo years.
I like the classics, so on a big powder day, it’s always first tracks down Al’s Run. Then I’ll make my way over to Bambi Chutes. When things start to get tracked out, I can always find a freshie over at Panorama Chute on the West Basin Ridge. (I’m always drawn back to the West Basin Ridge. Even after all these years, it remains something of an enigma.) On a cold, sunny morning, I’ll take Eagle Rock on Treskow Ridge.
Of course, since I get in lots of my skiing during those work breaks, I like Reforma, since it offers the most vert in the shortest time. And I still like to carve huge GS turns down Bambi > Zagava > Porcupine > White Feather, for an exciting, mach-speed, back-to-work run before I’m too late and everyone hates me.
Some favorite ski gear:
Lange RX 130 alpine boot. 190cm Dynastar Cham 107; Look Pivot 14