Current favorite piece/pieces of gear? Why?
The Rossignol Jibsaw Heavy Duty is a quiver killer - I coach freestyle on it and still road it off the heli during the shooting of our segment for Face of Winter. Super nice to have that versatility in a deck.
What’s your “Back in my day, we…”?
Crashed a lot. Seriously, have you seen the pro game now? Everybody is super consistent and so darned good. I miss the era of the huck and the crash!
Who has inspired your skiing the most?
I grew up devouring Jeremy Jones video parts; the commitment in his riding is unreal. Now, the all-mountain freestyle crew has my attention - Travis Rice, Nicholas Muller, Gigi Ruf. That style of shredding is flat-out fun and so creative!
Best recovery exercises?
Climbing. It stretches me out, compliments the work we put in on the hill, and seems to heal some of the abuse we put ourselves through during the Winter.
Ideal down day?
I'm terrible at down days. But, I'm a champion napper. So, sleep?
Favorite on-mountain fuel/snack?
I never regret making and taking a proper sandwich into the backcountry. More the PB&J - we're talking meat and cheese and avocado. Yeah, that sounds good.
Spiciest/most intimidating line or place you've skied or ridden this year?
Hahaha, well...I almost fell down a big mountain competition venue when helping my junior athletes inspect their lines. Turns out, riding a brand new board/binding setup down a refrozen and steep entry was a poor choice.
Goals in skiing/riding this next year?
I'm hitting the age when my skillfulness is as strong as it's ever been, but my mind and body are becoming more and more calculated. I want to keep pushing my all mountain riding this season - hit a few of my bucket list bigger lines, take a few more tricks to larger natural features. Yet, I'm cool with those moments of pushing happening on their own timeline.
What’s a great book you’ve read recently?
The God of Skiing. Look it up. It engages the reader with the skiing/riding dream.
Favorite mountain range?
The San Juans
Working title for the book or movie about your life?
Contradiction' - the story of a Snowboarder from Kansas
Best moment filming with WME this year?
Besides feasting on Chilean red meat for two weeks, our crew was legendary. The guides and filmers and Fran were so fun to adventure around with. And, we enjoyed some unreal sunset/day-closing lines that I won't forget. Perfect light, soft snow, and the satisfaction of finishing a strong day's work.
How did Warren Miller the man influence your skiing/riding career?
Growing up as a kid in Kansas, my only exposure to skiing and snowboarding was visual media. I watched Warren Miller movies throughout my youth, and that man's ability to capture and share the snow experience changed my life. Thanks for everything, Warren!