Since birth, the mountains have been my home. I grew up in the mountains of Park City, UT, and it was in these mountains where I found a purpose. I was barely 2 when I began skiing, and I immediately fell in love with the sport. It wasn't long before I ripped off the 'edgy wedgy' and really began to enjoy the sport to its fullest. I found myself skiing every weekend, and it was only a matter of time before I realized my dream. Now 20 years old, I am giving it my all to realize this dream by making the US Ski Team, and one day, the Winter Olympics. Last season I competed on the North American Ski Tour (Nor Am Tour), which is one step below the professional level of World Cup. After a succesful tour, I managed to qualify for the US Development Group. After accomplishing this feat, my goals are high and I'm ready to take the next step and compete on the World Cup level. I've dedicated my life to skiing, I've given it everything I have, and I won't stop until I reach my goals. I'm just a young, hardworking kid from Park City chasing his dreams and having plenty of fun along the way!
Why I ski!
When my Dad first put a pair of skis on my feet at two years old, I didn’t have to stick with it. I didn’t have to rip down runs at a young age making figure 11’s, the wind belting against my face. I didn’t have to demand that my ‘edgy wedgy’ be taken off only because my cousin got hers off, and I wanted to beat her down the hill. I didn’t have to constantly try to spray every last one of my family members at the bottom of the hill. I didnt have to stick with it, I didnt have to do any of this. However, as I grew older I only found my love for skiing grow more - and I couldnt imagine doing anything else with my life. My dad wasn’t forcing me into anything when he put me on skis; he was merely sharing his passion with me.
Today, it is a passion that I have fully embraced, and one I don’t plan to let go of anytime soon. When it comes down to it, I genuinely just love to ski. It doesn’t matter what the weather is, how long the lift lines are, or even what’s going on in my life. Any day I can click on my skis and get a couple of runs in is a good day. Skiing has been a huge part of my life thus far, and I plan on it always being a huge part. The best moments in my life have come when I've had a pair of skis on. The feeling I get when I'm skiing is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced. Skiing provides me with an unmatched sense of freedom; representing my livelihood, and even the keeper of my sanity.
There’s just something about being in the mountains that is absolutely euphoric, providing me with a feeling I find irreplaceable. When I'm out there, surrounded by the snow and the mountains, I feel truly alive. I'm not dealing with any real problems. I'm not worrying about my assignments due for school, I'm not stuck in traffic, and I'm certainly not thinking about my girl problems, I'm simply free.
These feelings all apply to why I compete in mogul skiing as well; and although the rigors of competition can be tough, I truly love it. I love the successes, and I value the failures. For despite what happens, in the end I know it’s all progress. Progress towards being the best skier I can be, but furthermore progress towards being the best person I can be. Skiing has helped shape me into the person I am today, and I couldn't be more grateful for that. It's given me the opportunity to go to some amazing places, and taught me lessons I couldn't have learned anywhere else.
How you can help
Competing at the elite level that I do requires/allows me to travel all around the world! My training and competitions have taken me everywhere from across the US, to Europe, Canada, and Australia. This year, I have already traveled to Australia, Europe, and Canada for camps and will find myself back on the road very shortly. This travel makes for a very expensive ski season, but if my aspirations of competing on World Cup are to come to fruition, this travel is necessary.
My season typically gets going early with one of the biggest competitions of the year taking place in December right before Christmas. As you can imagine, preparation and training for this event is crucial. However, resorts in the U.S. don't really get things going until about late November, and even when they do, there is not nearly enough snow or space to build a mogul course. In turn, this requires me to spend most of my fall in Europe and Canada for early season training camps. This fast fall, I spent time in Tignes, France, and Apex, B.C. while preparing for the start of the season. Inevitably, the expense of all of this travel really adds up.
In the past, my summers have consisted of attending the Winter Sports School, training at both the Utah Olympic Park and in the gym, and working a part-time job to help pay for my skiing. All of these things are crucial to making my ski season happen. However, once I graduated from the Winter Sports School, I began taking classes at the University of Utah. Working towards a college degree while skiing is very tough, and allows me little time to work. This past summer I worked a part time job as a food runner at Deer Valley, however this wasnt nearly enough to cover the expenses of my season.
Any amount of money you can donate is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use. I dont have a goal in mind, I just have this page set up so that if people feel inclined to donate money to me they have a place to do it. No one ever accomplished their dreams by themselves - it takes a support team and people willing to get behind you. If you're willing to get behind me as I chase my dreams then I am very grateful for you!
Last year I spent the majority of my season competing on the Nor-Am Tour, this being my third straight year on it. The Nor-Am Tour features competitors from all over the world, with America, Canada, Australia, and Japan mostly making up the field of competitors. For U.S. competitors, just 12 skiers from each gender not on the U.S. Ski Team are eligible to compete on the entire Nor-Am Tour. Including the US Ski Team, only 20 skiers total from each gender are eligible to compete on the entire tour.
Last year was my most succesful Nor-Am Tour to date, as I finished 14th overall in the standings and qualified for the US Development Group. With this being my third year competing on the Nor-Am Tour, I was able to greatly improve upon my previous results. My best Nor-Am event finish last year came in Killington, VT where I finished just off the podium in 4th during the second day of competiton. Additionally, I took a 10th during the first day of competition in Killington as well as in Calgary, AB earlier in the tour. With three top 10 finishes and 5 of 8 finals made, I was able to show great consistency throughout the tour. This led to my qualification for the US Development Group, and put me in a great position for this season.
This year, my sights are set high and I feel ready to take the next step. In order to do this, my goal is to climb the Nor-Am Tour ladder even more and try to win it this season. To make this possible, I have spent countless hours this past summer training both in the gym as well as water ramping at the Utah Olympic Park. In addition to this, I spent most of my fall travelling the world, chasing the snow in order to prepare for the season. Currently, I am training in Park City, UT before the Nor-Am Tour begins in February. With just a couple weeks of training left, this is a crucial time for me and I'm working hard to put myself in a position to go win the Nor-Am Tour this season.
It’s hard to say that I’d be where I am today and competing at the level I do without a great support system. First off, my parents have always supported my skiing career, and I couldn't be more thankful for them. Not only have they supported my endeavors financially, but also in every other way imaginable. They were once competitive skiers themselves, and it's nice to know they have my back through it all. Whether it's been moral support or monetary support, my parents have always been there.
Aside from my parents, my friends and teammates have also been a huge part of my support system. Whether it’s training with my teammates or free skiing with my friends, I have both to thank for constantly pushing me and trying to make me better. One of my favorite things in skiing is when I can feed off of my teammates, and we push each other to go even bigger, ski even faster, or even try something new. Then there are my friends who are all always pushing me to try new things in other areas of skiing. Whether it’s sending a big cliff, building a massive jump in the backcountry, or taking a 1998 snowmobile into the mountains just to ski the last bits of snow in June, I’ll always follow my friends into the mountains.
My ski coaches also play a huge part in my success, both as a person and as a competitive skier. With all of the travelling I have done for skiing over the years, my coaches have more or less been like teachers to me. They have always kept me in line and headed in the right direction. They have taught me lessons that a regular teacher in a classroom would never be able to teach. They have not only made me a better skier, but also a better person. Because of them, I am confident I will go far in both skiing and in life.
Additionally, my coaches at Crossfit Park City have been huge in changing the way I train in the gym. Over the past couple of years, Crossfit Park City has become a major part of my training regime and life in general. I’m currently in the best physical shape of my young life not only due to the time I spend at the gym, but due to the way I train when I’m at the gym. I have my coaches to thank for this, as they are always pushing me to the edge, challenging me to beat my best self each and every day. With my older brother being one of those coaches, there’s no slacking off when I walk into the gym. He’s continually giving me extra training and staying late at night with me in the gym, all just because he wants to see me succeed. Crossfit Park City has changed the way I train, and allowed me to come into this season with the upmost confidence.
Lastly, there is the Neuro Clinic, which helped me get through two very serious concussions a couple of seasons ago. Dr. John Hatch got me back up on my feet skiing and living better than I was before my concussions. Without Dr. Hatch I don’t know if I would have been able to return to competitive skiing and be where I am today.
Other Ways to Help Out
I am very happy to share my story with others. I love what I do, and am very grateful for my lifestyle. It’s a pleasure just to be able to share it with people. I hope that by sharing my story I can perhaps bring a little joy to the people reading it, or even give them some motivation to follow their own dreams!
If you are able to help out, I am very appreciative of your donation! If you are not able to, I completely understand. Additionally, if you still feel inclined to help then there are other ways you can that aren't monetary. Just share my rally page with people you know, spread the word anyway you can! You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter or friend me on Facebook to follow my journey this winter! Additionally, I will be launching a website/blog soon where I will be posting updates all year as I travel the world chasing my dreams. Finally, thank you so much for checking out my rally page!