what's your story on finding your way to snowboarding/skiing?
Being from the flat land, concrete haven of Chicago, snowboarding is the furthest thing from people's minds. Upon hanging up the Rugby cleats my senior year of college I needed something to fill my physical pursuits. I found it at a ski resort in western Illinois, that had 250ft of vertical. I remember my first snowboard run vividly. At the tender age of 23, I strapped into my first rental snowboard in front of all my college buddies & just went for it. Full speed ahead with no idea how to turn. I took a big toe side fall to the face, got back up and my life was forever changed. I was hooked.
Spontaneous trips up to the UP of Michigan & Wisconsin led to binge watching Art of Flight on repeat late night. Dreaming with my buddies, I knew that is what I want to do with my life, my friends thought I was crazy.
In 2015 I moved to Vail, where I went from knowing nothing about snowboarding(what is a splitboard?) to going on my first hut trip that season. After working multiple seasons at Cripple Creek BC, I dove deep into learning everything I could about avalanche edu, terrain, gear knowledge, mapping routes, etc.
Since then, I've ridden in the backcountry all over the world; the Rockies, Alta Patagonia, British Columbia, Japan and the Pacific Northwest. I currently live in the PNW continuing my snowboarding progression here. The Cascades are my home mountains now.