Age: 33 | Vitals: 6’0″, 190 lbs. | Years Skiing: 28. Nordic and telemark until about 10 years ago. | Current Residence: Anchorage, Alaska
I grew up in Eagle River, Alaska, where my family still lives. After lots of school, travel, skiing, and whitewater kayaking all over the world, I’m finally back in Alaska (as of 2008), and I don’t plan to call anywhere else home ever again.
I work part time in Kodiak and other parts of rural Alaska, and I’m able to base out of Anchorage for ski adventures all year long.
My favorite places to ski include B.C., Washington, Montana, Chile, and Argentina, but no place equals Alaska thus far. Lift-served skiing is super fun, and my sled is a great tool, but I spend the vast majority of my days ski touring. In the winter of 2013, I started working as a cat and heliskiing guide for Chugach Powder Guides. It’s been an amazing experience, and has resulted in some ridiculously good skiing and a new perspective on the mountains of south-central Alaska.
I’ve primarily telemarked for the past 20 years but, starting around 2007, I couldn’t resist Dynafits, and have also been playing with race-stiff alpine boots, long skis, and higher DIN bindings ever since. I think my collegiate racer buddies are getting tired of my constant solicitation for alpine technique tips, but I’m having a blast working out the nuances of a strong alpine turn. I still tele quite a bit and dabbled in the free ski competitions when they came to Alaska.
I tend to prefer stiffer skis with longer turn radii. The first ski to rock my world was the Volant Chubb, circa 1998. The second was the Praxis Powderboard in 2007.
These days I still love reverse sidecut style skis like the Powderboard or DPS Lotus 138, but also spend a lot of time on straighter, tip-rockered skis like the DPS Lotus 120, Praxis Rx, or 193 Blizzard Cochise.
I like boots that fit my foot and work how I want them to for a particular application.