3 years old, riding and skiing the rope tow at Rainbow Mountain, across the valley from Whistler and Blackcomb.
The original TLT speed binding that started the backcountry revolution will always be my favorite. But currently the TLT6 boot is my favorite piece of gear I use every day.
I was born in North Vancouver Canada, but my parents built a cabin in Whistler the year I was born. I spent 15 years learning to ski on Whistler Mountain, and have spent the last 15+ years exploring the backcountry. I’ve skied off mountains in British Columbia, Yukon / Alaska, California, Peru, Republic of Georgia, Pakistan, India, Nepal, and New Zealand.
To ski tour and ski powder in the mountains behind my house even when I’m a very old man.
In 2004 I set out to climb and ski a 7000+m peak in India. I only had an idea of what its name sounded like. I headed north and soon found a postcard of it. Once I found the mountain I still had no idea how long it would take, or where the route was. With no porters or guides and a bit of food and water, I had 48 hours of pure adventure.
For many years now I’ve been using lighter and lighter boots and bindings on fatter and fatter skis. Moving fast in the big mountains, but still skiing with style on the steeps.
Most ski mountaineers train for endurance. But I also like to focus on strength training with weights. Expedition skiing takes its toll on the body, so I would rather be indestructible than fast.
Just a skier.
The future of steep ski mountaineering will be to take the lightest gear available and do epic traverses of mountain ranges, while skiing the biggest and steepest lines along the way.