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    Instagram: @ajappezzato

    Hometown: Westminster, CO

    Year You Moved to the Mountains: 2008

    Current Mountain: Berthoud Pass / Red Mountain Pass

    What Inspired You to Move to the Mountains: From the time I was 5, getting me in the house during a snowstorm was impossible for my parents. And growing up on the east coast always left me wanting more then the local ski area. College gave me an opportunity to move west, but once I saw the potential Colorados' mountains has to offer, I never looked back.

    What Do You Do For Work: With a 15 year history in the snowboard community, my experience spans from athlete to avalanche instructor, product R&D to territory sales. I connected with Weston on R&D projects for their splitboards, and was impressed with their focus to developing quality products!

    Advice to Help Someone Make the Leap to Live Their Life: "Fear is a product of too much thinking." If you have a desire to follow your dream or passion, do it. It's far too easy to question your decisions, and find doubt. Taking the leap towards something you've dreamed of will always be more enjoyable than wondering why you haven't done it yet, or focusing on things "you think" are in the way.

    What Board(s) You Ride: Big Chief 160/Backwoods Split 160

    Stance: Regular 22", +21º,-15º

    Sponsors: Smith, Weston, Backcountry Access, Stance Socks, Serius Gloves, The James Brand, Cirque Mountain