Favorite type of terrain to ride
There’s a zone in Idaho that has an endless number of timbered gullies, rallying up one after another in perfect powder is one of my favorite days. The timber in my home terrain is tight, and it’s fun to see how technical of a line I can manage. I also love playful terrain with jumps and pillows on those insanely deep powder rides where I can hold it wide open all day and just pop off every bump. I’m always searching for the deepest powder.
What’s your “regular” job?
In the winter I’m a snowmobile guide and teach women’s clinics. This summer I’m working as a guide on Sea-Doo glacier tours in Alaska, and operating heavy equipment falling and processing timber on forestry projects in Idaho.
Interests and hobbies outside of snowmobiling
I love everything with a throttle, Ca-Am vehicles, Sea Doo watercraft, motorcycles; and also enjoy hiking, climbing, backpacking, road trips, anything on the water or that keeps me outside. I’ve always had a passion for photography, and have spent much of my life working with horses.
What does That Ski-Doo Feeling mean to you?
It’s that euphoria of being on the mountain with my favorite people, having fresh powder and sunshine and pushing our limits. It’s being immersed in nature, and how the busyness of life and the world tunes out the second I hit that throttle. It’s the effortless flow of my machine floating through a field of sparkles, feeling truly free and fully alive.
Favorite Ski-Doo model of all time
They all have a special place in my evolution as a rider, but I love the Expert package on the Turbo. It really shines in technical terrain.
How long have you been riding snowmobiles?
My first Ski-Doo was a 440 when I was about 5. When I wasn’t riding it I was getting towed on a kids sled behind it. I’ve been backcountry riding for 16 years now after getting a 2007 Ski-Doo 600 144 as my first mountain sled.
What’s the most fun you’ve ever had on a sled?
That’s a tough one, but one day stands out as being the funniest. A friend and I had these turtle costumes, with a head piece that fit over our helmets. We were riding around, even doubling squirrel style, doing tricks and following each other, laughing so hard we could barely stay on our sleds. Most ridiculously entertaining day ever.
My most embarrassing moment on a sled is…
I’m sure there are many but there’s a favorite among my friends. We were all gathered in the last meadow before dropping out of the zone to head home. I saw a jump and just went for it without really thinking how tired I was or that the light was gone, and misjudged the tree in the landing relative to the crooked angle of the lip. I hit it, and although my sled knocked it down I scorpioned over the front, got ran over by my sled, lost the hood and set the parking brake all in a split second.