Sam Shaheen

Age: 28 | Vitals: 5’ 10”, 140 lbs. | Years skiing: 24 | Current Residence: Denver, CO

Background:

I grew up in the Denver area and have been playing in the mountains since about the time I could walk. Like most of the folks at Blister, I got bitten by the skiing bug early — I’ve been obsessed with skiing for as long as I can remember.

As a kid, I loved skiing bumps and tight trees, exploring the black timber stashes of Summit County and skiing zipper lines bell to bell. In high school, I started skiing terrain park and became equally engrossed with jump lines, afterbang, and urban rails.

I also have an extensive background in apparel production and design from running a technical outerwear brand for 7 years.

In the past 6 or so years, my focus has shifted to backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. I’ve spent several seasons exploring the mountain ranges of Colorado and two seasons in the Alps. I’ve grown to love steep skiing — the steeper the better.

Some of my favorite ski descents have been: the NE face of the Mönch; Avalanche Gulch on Mt. Shasta; Shooting Star couloir on James Peak; the Furher Finger on Mt. Rainer; the Cross Couloir on Mt. of the Holy Cross; and the North Face of North Maroon Peak.

Sam Shaheen on North Maroon Peak, CO

Sam Shaheen on North Maroon Peak, CO (photo by Jacob Winey)

Others tend to describe my skiing style as “active” or “dynamic” — I like to think I ski pretty aggressively. I typically like skis that are a bit lighter and require the skier to provide some of the suspension in exchange for a snappier, quicker ride. I may not weigh much, but I tend to prefer longer skis.

Some of my favorite inbounds skis: Rossignol Soul 7 HD, Fischer Ranger 102 FR, Atomic Bent Chetler 120, Prior CBC, Volkl Mantra M5

Some of my favorite touring skis: Salomon MTN Explore 95, G3 SENDr 112, Atomic Bent Chetler 120

In the summertime, I love to climb mountains. Whether that means granite spires in Rocky Mountain National Park, high peaks of the Alps, or mellow 14ers. When it comes to climbing, I prefer higher and more technical mountaineering objectives.

In rock climbing, I prefer trad climbing over clipping bolts and spend most of my time in RMNP or Eldorado Canyon.

 

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