Name a person who inspires you to be a better skier?

All my male and female ski buddies that create a group energy that cannot help but keep me psyched and on  my game.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Winter sports and really all sports should be accessible for the disabled. When I see the smiles on the faces of those people making their first turns I am truly inspired. I also cannot stay enough about the professionalism of the Palisades Tahoe Ski Patrol. They should have the finest equipment available to keep us all safe.

Breakfast of champions?

A cup of Joe with friends and the great staff of the Members Locker Room at Palisades Tahoe and then any bowl of my mountain filled with snow flakes, of course, and topped with big dollops of powdered sugar and a “latte” of that all day long!

Favorite chairlift and why?

KT-22 aka “The Mothership” at Palisades Tahoe. The diversity of challenging pistes, varied exposures and conditions, offers skiers and riders the most awesome 1800 ft. of vertical they could want.

The most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this year? (books, podcasts, TV shows)

I’m interested in anything to do with science and the Universe and the new discoveries being made every day. A first descent of Olympus Mons on Mars is a dream I have. At 20 miles high and ruby red snow, a nonstopper would make an entire WME movie!

Fictitious character you most identify with from a book, movie, etc. and why?

James Bond. He gets a lot of action in all regards.

Highlight memory from filming with WME for this year's film?

I enjoyed getting up on the mountain before the general public and reveling in the beauty and quiet serenity of a ski area getting prepared for a day of joyous activity and, of course, getting some freshies with the cameras  rolling.

Gear you are loving right now, on or off the ski slopes, and why?

Volkl skis, Salomon skis and bindings, Helly Hansen clothing, and the great Arc’teryx pants and jackets that really keep me dry on the wet days.

What is a cause you care about that you'd love to share with the Warren Miller audience?

I care about the environment. Litter is offensive. The beauty of nature cannot be enjoyed if we have little respect for it.

How do you think the year 2020 will shape the future of skiing?

Besides the mask mandate I was extremely impressed with the actions taken by the employee and staff of my mountain. Courtesy ruled and I am proud of each and every employee that enabled Palisades Tahoe to stay open for the entire season.

What is your vision for the future of skiing?

The popularity of skiing/riding is definitely on the rise, good for the industry but not without an impact on those of us who enjoyed less crowded slopes and facilities. Less expensive pass prices have had a big impact as well.  Uphill capacity, always an issue, shorter lift lines, ease of access to and from the mountain, upgrades to lifts and infrastructure, and mountain safety, are issues that must be addressed by the industry to reduce the frustrations of the ever increasing customer base.

Favorite classic ski film and why?

I really enjoy “Hot Dog..The Movie”. Filmed at Squaw Valley and the local Tahoe area, many of its cast of talented characters are people I still ski with. It stands out as a cult classic on par with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.


Don't miss Doug in our 72nd film, Winter Starts Now, dropping Fall 2021!