They say home is where the heart is. For me, my heart is found at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Alta, Utah. My parents, both farm kids from small town Wisconsin, made the big move out west in 1980 in search of deep powder and the ski bum lifestyle. Living in employee housing and working for a season pass, they quickly became ingrained in the Alta community. Three years after my sister was born, I experienced my first rays of light on July 4th, 1993. Skiing has been instilled in me since the very beginning, getting on snow and skis not long after learning to walk. After my family moved into the valley I still managed to ski almost every single day. Skiing has grown into an unwavering passion for me and it is with that passion that I have been able to pursue my dreams of becoming professional skier.
In my younger years, I was involved with ski school and went on to help create the first Alta Freeride Division (AFD). The program recruited young rippers who were looking to improve their skills in big mountain terrain. As the program grew, it was able to merge with the Snowbird Freeride Team. This opportunity allowed AFD members to be able to start competing in the Junior Freeskiing World Tour. Over my years with AFD, my highlights included winning 1st place, three years in a row at Snowbird. Once I was old enough to compete in the adult division, I made my way down to South America, where I competed in two Chile stops. At my first stop, I was awarded the Sick Bird which helped give me the opportunity to compete in the Red Bull Cold Rush two years in a row. In 2011, our team won the Eye Of The Condor, a event combining skiing with the art of filming.