1) Where are you from, why should anyone care, and what is the dopest shit about it? What is stupid?
I grew up 40 minutes north of Chicago riding a 75 foot ropetow hill called Raging Buffalo. Not many people in the ski industry are all that familiar with the Illinois and Wisconsin ski scene but the riders there are some of the rawest and most stoked skiers I have met. Buffalo made up for the lack of snow and vert by having night shred, a creative setup and an epic crew. Shredding small jib features with a mostly snowboard community definitely helps give kids a super fresh outlook on skiing as there are no mega booters to triple flip…
2) It’s been a long time since the couple years when skiing on Hellbents and other reverse camber skis in the park was cool. What gives you the right to do the same?
When I first started to get into park skiing I saw an edit Pep and Andy put out riding Park City on hellbents and it blew my mind, looked like the most fun shit ever. A few years later I tried the surface Live Life 2′s at Brighton and have been riding the same ski ever since. The width and rocker of pow skis allow for a whole different trick selection and feeling, park skiing could have a whole bunch more originality and diversity if more kids gave fat skis a shot.
3) How would you describe your ski style?
I would hope that people see my style as hard charging and aggressive.
4) What is the Timberline scene like?
The Timberline ski scene in the summer is epic to say the least. The one thing that stands out about Timberline is that everyone on hill is extremely homie and hyped on the shred. You can show up to timberline any day in the summer and find a huge crew of skiers to link up with. The T-shirt weather, oregon green and slush gets everyone amped to throw down. Public park can get pretty beat with rutted landings and deadly jumps but still is a blast to hot lap. Windells is poached at every opportunity and Mount Hood Summer Ski camps has the greasiest downbars out. Its pretty hard to not be having a great time every time your skiing in the summer up here. Everyone should come shred hood and check out the shitshow that is govy at some point.
5) Who do you look up to in and out of skiing, what trends/people/styles/etc. are really not doing it for you in skiing, and what do you hope to see come up in skiing in the next few years?
As far as my skiing influences go I have always been really hyped on Brady Perron, Max Hill, Ian Wade, Compton, B&E and Pep along with many more. Those guys seem to have always been down with doing there own thing and not really giving a shit what the 13 year olds on newschoolers have to say. A lot of my buddies like Ben Van, Mike Briggs and Heff are also really influential in how i try to ski. Jib skiing is getting pretty tight these days and can be real entertaining to watch with all the different styles out there. I think that the focus on park jumps is pretty whack. It may be because I grew up not riding park jumps and suck at them, but all the flipping and spinning does not do it for me, it looks repetitive and uncreative. Another thing that’s pretty lame are the trendwhore hater type kids out there that don’t get the concept of people doing there own thing. Hood is full of all these kids (windells campers) and they drive me nuts.
6) How do you weigh out smooth style vs. going for it vs. smooth landings vs. haggard bomb drops to flat?
I don’t see too much of a difference between sending big bomb drops, cornice and cliff hucks and park shred. Its mad fun to go out and hot lap the park with homies but after doing that every day it gets a bit old. Bringing tricks that are stock in the park to gnarly features is one of the most fun and challenging things in skiing and it is mad fun to go setup something buck with your buddies and scare yourself a bit. I have a huge amount of respect for people who can go out and murder the park then go slay some pow and urban, being able to do it all is very hard and impressive.