what's your story on finding your way to snowboarding/skiing?
Snowboarding came to me when i was very young (age 7) and i always was very naturally talented at it, was always getting great feedback in lessons as a weekend warrior with my family growing up, but didn't pursue it as a career until i was 20 when i started out as a snowboard instructor back east at a small hill called Snowshoe Mountain, WV. The lifestyle had me hooked immediately and after that summer i applied to every resort i could find out west, ended up getting a job at Keystone Resort and packed up to move out to Colorado that winter of 13/14 season. Being somebody who always watched videos of back country riders like Gigi, Ejack and of course T-Rice, I was always amazed at their ability to bring freestyle into the backcountry.
Living in a place like Summit County, CO you're constantly surrounded by Freestyle snowboarding/skiing but more in a competition, park riding kind of way, so naturally i got very into the freestyle side of the sport in every way i could, everything from coaching, competing or working big events in any way/shape/form to get my foot in the door and meet some of the big name riders you see on TV. Eventually though i started to educate myself more on backcountry snowboarding and learning how i can take my freestyle skills into the backcountry in a badass, but still safe way by learning several very important skills including avalanche awareness and risk management just to name a few.