Current favorite piece of gear? Why?
This one is really hard for me to answer. All my gear items are equally important, but I will have to say my POC Mitts are the most important. If my hands are cold, at all, then I struggle to enjoy myself skiing. My favorite non-skiing related gear is my new DJ controller to play music.
How do you like spending your down days?
If I have nothing pressing to get done then I like to be with my kids, Aksel and Devin. Playing and hanging out with them is the best, the ultimate being a ski day.
Fondest memory from learning to ski or ride?
Skiing on the Squaw Valley ski team with my two brothers, Mark and Craig. I fell in love with skiing by following them wherever they would go and try doing whatever they would do.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I don't know if I am talented, because I still have a lot to learn, but I like to DJ.
What would your superpower be?
Mental strength, the use of willpower to overcome physical problems.
What career accomplishment are you most proud of?
Being an Olympian.
Any pre-riding or skiing rituals or superstitions?
No, I have never let myself get caught up in any of that.
Do you have any pets? What are their names?
One cat and her name is Snowball. Can you guess what color she is?
Can you speak any other languages? What other languages would you like to learn?
I took German, but never really learned it. I would love to learn another language, but first need to get better at my own!
What is your biggest goal/something you hope to achieve in your ski career?
I have never been one to set goals or have aspirations of any kind. My path has always been led by instinct and my heart, followed up by, working my hardest at whatever it is I get involved in.
Any nicknames? Fish (during my ski racing days)
Birthplace? Woodland, CA
Home Mountain? Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Hero in Skiing: Shane McConkey
Heros in Life: My parents, for staying strong and positive about skiing after the death of my brother from a ski accident.
You're on a hut trip: no phone, no internet, no tv. What board game is your go-to? Backgammon
Reading any good books right now? The book Wonder was a great read to my kids, unfortunately I don't get much reading in for myself. I have been trying to get through Top Dog.
Favorite ski film? Oh man, I am not good at remembering every ski movie. Not sure if "McConkey" is a "ski movie" but it was very inspirational.
Warren Miller Films:
2016 Here, There & Everywhere (Crested Butte, CO)
2008 Children of Winter (Crested Butte, CO)
2004 Impact (Bansko, Bulgaria)
2003 Journey (Valburna, Italy