Now in his second term on the AASI Snowboard Team, Eric continues to work on various projects with the Team, the Divisions and AASI sponsors. Some of these projects include National Standards, Freestyle Specialist, youth snowboarder retention, 3- to 6-year old snowboard progressions, Learn to Ride programs, promoting a cool AASI to the snowsports industry, and keeping snowboard fun through learning.
Currently residing in Salt Lake City Utah, Eric teaches and conducts training at The Canyons Resort. Along with working for the PSIA-AASI Intermountain Education Staff, Eric follows his passion for coaching athletes as a Head Coach with Team Utah at Brighton Resort.
Eric is a big advocate for freestyle and creating a fun environment for learning snowboarding. He is known to come up with a creative approach to clinics and likes to leave all participants stoked about learning something new. Whether it's a silly snowboard ground trick, coaching someone to throw spins in the park, or a clinic that creates new ways to teach snowboarding, Eric is very passionate about snowboarding and it shows through his riding and enthusiastic words.
Hometown: Elmira, NY
Resort: Canyons, UT
Sponsors: NeverSummer, Burton, Anon, RED, Hestra
Favorite run: Tuckerman’s Chute (Jay Peak, VT)
Favorite on-mountain restaurant: The Farm (Canyons Resort, UT)
Favorite travel destination: St. Anton, Austria
Favorite food: Maple Bacon Doughnut
Apres style: A beer with friends or rest before live music at night.
Playlist: Led Zeppelin, Jurassic 5, Galactic, Soulive, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mars Volta, Medeski Martin Wood, Pretty Lights
Currently reading: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Most memorable riding moment: Landing the Double Decker cliff drop under the Tram at Jay Peak in a blind fog. It felt surreal landing blind and riding away through waist-deep powpow!
First snowboarding outfit: Burton Surfwear outfit (circa Late '80s). Teal pants w/ black knees. Matching purple, teal, black, white, and gray splatter-pattern jacket. Still have it and wear it on Gaper Day (April 1st) and torchlight parades.
The best thing about being on the AASI snowboard Team: I get to hang out and learn from all sorts of cool and interesting people while having fun snowboarding.
The best thing about snowboarding: Snowboarding creates a unique culture that prides itself on individual expression, self discovery through challenges we choose, and awesome sensations that are specific to riding.