Age: 20 | Vitals: 5’2” 125 lbs. | Years skiing: 16 | Years biking: 7 | Current residence: Colorado Springs, CO & Salt Lake City, UT
When I was 4 years old my parents started dragging me up to Alta. It took a while before I really got excited about sliding down snow, but within a few years, I was hooked.
My parents passed along their “work hard, play harder” attitude to me by letting me skip school every powder day – as long as I was doing well in my classes.
I basically grew up at Alta, chasing the “grom squad” around after class, and exploring the Wasatch backcountry with my parents. Throughout high school I competed in freeride skiing events across the western US and Canada. I made amazing friends at ski comps, and it’s great being able to now go almost anywhere and meet up with local shredders.
Biking also became a huge part of my life in high school. I raced XC for a bit before moving to Colorado Springs for college. Here I continued to race, but more importantly, discovered that Park City had given me a false sense of bike-handling adequacy, and I had a lot of work to do.
During the past few years I’ve switched from lycra to baggies and focused on technical, all-mountain riding. Charging down roots and rocks is my favorite, but fellow Blister reviewer Xan Marshland has made sure I spend my fair share of time in the air and on frustratingly technical climbs.
I try to ski and bike as much as possible during school, which is why I chose to pursue a neuroscience undergrad degree (cough). When I’m not stuck in lab, I try to take advantage of the amazing places I call home and get out on short bike and ski trips.
Some Favorite Ski Gear:
12/13 Blizzard Cochise, Lange 120 RS SC boots
Some Favorite Bike Gear:
Maxxis High Roller IIs, Osprey packs, Rockshox suspension and Reverb, Stan’s sealant