Tell me about your history. Where you grew up? How you started skiing and what led you to move to Whistler?
I grew up in a small town, Wetaskiwin Alberta. Learning to ski at Gwynne ski hill just down the road. Watching Warren Miller and Rap movies inspired me to get out there and ski at a young age. It was all down hill from there. Joining Freestlyle ski teams I would make the drive to Jasper on weekends to train. Challenging myself in provincial and national mogul contests, shaping me to the skier I’m today. I graduated high school early, in 1999. Made the move to Whistler in a Chevy Van pulling a trailer,with skies, 20lbs of rice, skateboards, no job and four friends chasing the ski bum dream! Living in the parking lots of Whistler for three summers skiing daily, and enjoying the outdoors was a dream come true! Haven’t looked back since.
How old are you?
29 years young
What influences your skiing?
Skiing with friends, pushing each other and having fun out there. The hard charging film segments have always stoked me up. Jeremy Jones, Hugo Harrison, Seth Morrison to name a few. It’s amazing how they pull it all together and make it look easy. Very influential watching them over the years.
Do you get paid to ski?
Paid in full with face shots!
What’s your “other” or “real” job?
Work in the Property management business , jack of all trades master of none!
Other passions in life?
I really enjoy the outdoors, sledding, fishing, DH Mt Biking, golf , traveling and trying new things. So much to do, so little time!
Crabs has always stuck with me from a young age.
Tell me about something that defines who you are besides skiing?
Well I have always enjoyed being active, with a passion for the outdoors. Easy going, and want to live life to the fullest. Variety is the spice of life.
Bluehouse Skis, Fly Low outerwear, POC, One Ball Jay
1st Overall World Tour Champion 2008
1st Crested Butte, Colorado World Tour Freeskiing Championships
3rd Snowbird, Utah World Tour Freeskiing Nationals
11th New Zealand Freeski Championships
Alaska freeskiing World Tour Finals
2nd Lake Louise, Alberta, Canadian Tour
3rd Red Mountain, BC Canadian Championships
6th Tignes, France World Tour Finals
Qualified 2nd World Tour Snowbird 12th overall
13th Kirkwood, California, World Tour
11th Overall World Tour 2007
6th Red Mountain,BC, Canadian Championships
7th Crystal Mt Washington NA Tour
2nd World Tour Qualiflyer Kirkwood California
15th Overall North American Tour 2003
Many Provincial, National Mogul experiences.
Any closing remarks, thoughts, philosophies?
Follow your heart and dreams, life is too short.
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