Big Mountain Freeride Coach
I grew up in Meridian, skiing Bogus Basin since I was three. After a few years, I gave snowboarding a shot. Quickly deciding it wasn’t for me, I switched back to skis and joined the BBSEF race team the next season. After racing for three years, I switched to the freeride team instead, wanting to chase after the kinds of lines I saw on the big screen every season. At 13, I was offered a position as an assistant coach, and have continued to coach every season since. After high school, I felt the pull of bigger mountains and gnarlier lines, so Montana State University in Bozeman seemed a good fit for college. I transferred my coaching to the youth freestyle team at Bridger, focusing on moguls and slopestyle. It was also in Bozeman that I discovered backcountry skiing and realized that was what I truly wanted to pursue. Gaining the knowledge I needed through Avy 1, 2, and ski mountaineering courses, I soon found myself skiing at any possible time I could. Dawn patrols before class, a few laps at Bridger between classes, and sunset tours after class became the norm. Unfortunately, winter doesn’t last all year. So I found myself hiking up mountains with skis on my back, past staring tourists, in the summer months to find turns year-round. After 22 months, my streak was broken due to scheduling too many weekend mountain biking trips. Now, I am excited to bring my backcountry and coaching experience together with MWSC so the next generation of skiers can pursue their own dreams lines.