what's your story on finding your way to snowboarding/skiing?
I started out skiing like most kids in the 90’s but had always skated. We always had those plastic snowboards that you just jam your feet in to and that was always a good time haha. I started falling in love with the sport and when I turned 10 my mom got my brother and I our first snowboards and it was game on from there to see who could be better. It was also at that time I learned I wanted to live in Colorado for the first time and I started to become intrigued with the mountains. I grew up riding mostly park and urban back in Rochester but when I turned 21 i finally made the move to Colorado and everything just started to fall in to place. What motivated me the most might have been how much my family had doubted me and my decision to chase my passion for snowboarding but they have all come around more or less now haha. This lifestyle has taught me how to survive and how to attack life like you would a line. I’ll forever be grateful to this sport.
Describe Your Best Powder Day in the Backcountry
Oh man, it might have been last season. Nico, Matt, Evan and I toured up to outpost peak dropped some great pow then toured back up to the ridge line and dropped the East facing shoots in to pitkin and that was just unreal! Entered slowly creeping down to my first hit and sent it a good 25-30ft drop and as soon as I landed I let out a loud yew! And took just a couple high speed pow turns down to the same point. I plan on going back there again for sure and dialing in a solid run down that line again.
Describe A Humbling Day in the Backcountry
My first big mountain line off of the top of Torres peak looking down dead dog couloir after a slide went down the middle of it. Thinking “I guess I’m not as good as I thought” haha needless to say I took my time on that then watched Jeff and Leo crush the East face on it and I was mind blown.
They are my family away from home and have shown me support a love ever since I been on the team. They built a community around the company that is equally as passionate about the sport. They have helped my grow as a person and as a dirtbag. Plus the boards are pretty bad ass too.
What does your quiver look like?
Logger 149 and 152, range 155, backwoods 152, big chief 157, 10th split 158, pow surfer. Gotta have one of everything!!!