Tell us a bit about yourself.
I'm 28. I was born and raised in Bellingham, WA. After finishing my high school credits by winter break of my senior year, I moved to Glacier, WA (the closest town to Mt. Baker) so I could snowboard every day. I've been there since and bought a house about four years ago, so I guess you could say I'm pretty rooted in the Pacific NW. More recently I've shifted gears a little bit—I bought a sled and have been doing some filming, which has been really fun. There's also a handful of banked slaloms around the northwest that I love going to with my friends. I also like to skate, mountain bike, draw, forage for mushrooms and work on my house.
How did you start snowboarding, and what made you fall in love with it?
In the county I grew up in, all 5th graders got a free pass at Baker, so I got into snowboarding when my dad capitalized on that free pass and bought me a kids Salomon board with a polar bear on it.
We never went up that much as a family, but the following year I was old enough for ski bus, which I was stoked on because some of my friends who were older than me did it, so it felt like it was this cool, more independent thing as a 12-year-old. I actually remember the day that I really fell in love with shredding.
One day, during my first season, I was in group lessons, and none of the other kids showed up. It was also a pow day, and my instructor wanted to ride this run called the Canyon and get some turns. But I didn't know how to link turns yet. He took me down this run, and I was wallowing in the snow, so frustrated. I forgot what he said, but he got me to keep going, and I figured out how to link turns in powder, and it was the best feeling ever — hooked ever since.