Shiro and Two
Big Mountain Freeskiing/ Backcountry Freestyle
Nominee for Top Male Performance at the Powder Awards 2013
Date of birth
June 27, 1985
Tahoe City, CA, Salt Lake City, UT
Biking, hiking, golf, skateboarding, traveling, school and friends.
Accomplish goals, feel good and have fun.
I love life and I try to live it to the fullest. I enjoy traveling, meeting people and seeing new cultures. It is interesting to me how they differ from the one I was brought up in. Skiing is a great way for me to express myself, relish being active, and see new places around the world. I am thankful for skiing and all that it has brought me. There is a remarkable connection to skiing and almost everything in my life. I have always skied and I love it more than ever. I cant wait to get out and rip some pow and watch my friends make sick cool things happen.
What is your favorite ski in Collection?
Wow, hard question. It's a toss up between the Shiro and the Two.
Why you like these skis?
The Shiro's power comes from its versatility. I love it because I can take it anywhere in any condition.
The Two is special because its technology and design are at the forefront of the twin-tip revolution. This ski can STOMP landings both forwards and backwards and also float right through deepest days.
What conditions do you use this ski for?
The Shiro is my every day ski for all around resort ripping and.
The Two is my backcountry tool of choice because I know I can sail through either forward or backward skiing in variety of different terrain features.
What other skis in the collection do you ride?
Katana and Mantra.
Can you tell us a little about each pair of skis, and about what sort of conditions you use them for?
Both the Katana and Mantra are hard charging skis built more for directional usage. I love to take the Mantra out on days that I am skiing top to bottom groomer laps early season.
The katana is fun because although it has some tip rocker to help keep you on top of the snow, it is more of a traditional style of powder ski and therefor has the ability to carve powerful turns in hard pack or groomed conditions but also rip on powder days.
What about bindings? What bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?
I use the Jester Pro and the Duke.
Mounting positions change quite a bit for all the different skis I talked about.
I mount the Two six cm back from true center.
I mount the Shiro a little further back from true center but not much.
I usually mount the Mantra and Katana on the freeride line because I don't plan to ski switch on them.
What DIN do you have your bindings on?
I usually keep my DINs around 16-18. I sometimes have them a little higher on skis that I jump a lot with.
Home mountain: Alta/Snowbird
Height: 5' 11"
Favorite skier: There are so many sick skiers. I guess Sean Pettit is probably my favorite right now.
Ski hero growing up: When I was really young I loved Wayne Wong and Alberto Tomba, after twin tips came out my favorite skier was Eric Pollard.
Ideal day in the mountains: Bottomless pow, fun terrain and good friends.
How would you describe your style: I just try to make everything I do as smooth and quiet as I can.
Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career: Having to chance to film in AK was definitely my most recent big break through.
Favorite place to ride: Alta and Snowbird in Utah and Squaw Valley in California where I grew up.
Favorite place to film is AK.
Best snow trip: Alanga, Italy 2009.
What age did you start to ski: 2 or 3.
What cant you live without: Powder
Favorite phone App: My Dictionary Ap. Wow, what a nerd.
Goals and plans: I want to stomp huge tricks off of huge cliffs in the middle of nasty lines.