What are your first memories on snow?
Skiing with my grandmother Gigi; I stuck my tongue on a frozen chairlift and she yanked me back just before having to unload. Then, skiing with her through the trees on a jump line that she wasn’t as excited about as I was. She still had a blast following me around and asking why I was such a fast skier. I think my answer was something like, “It’s fun to ski fast.”
You’ve raced the Hahnenkamm, competed in Ski Cross, and skied fresh powder all over the world. How do all those different experiences continue to inform and shape your time on the snow?
That’s exactly why I love skiing so much. The variety of terrain and disciplines keeps the challenges coming with so much to learn. All those experiences have provided me with an endless passion for being on snow.
What are you working on in your skiing right now?
Skiing smooth and balanced by keeping my feet underneath me, searching out terrain to get creative with, and skiing top-to-bottom nonstops.
Your off-hill workouts are an important part of your regular training. What’s your favorite dryland technique for getting in ski shape?
My Mountain Warrior sessions I put on at a local fitness studio. I focus on mostly single-leg, complex athletic movements. The number-one strength exercises I like are full-range Pistol Squats with a one-arm thruster press using a kettlebell.
Who are the athletes and pioneers who continue to inspire you?
Those who are dedicated with a high level of work ethic; who are passionate, creative, and who calculate the risks and take chances. There are too many to list as I’m inspired by many athletes who ski race, free ski, snowboard, moto, mountain bike, snowmobile, and surf.