I have been a snow addict my entire life. I began skiing in the sixth grade, while I was living in the German Alps. I began teaching skiing in 2005, working at several resorts over the years. I'm certified with the Professional Ski Instructors of America as a Level II instructor, and also hold a Children's Specialist Level II certification from them. I also hold a Level I certification from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. I currently work as a trainer for the Summit at Snoqualmie, where I help prepare new instructors to face the challenges of bringing new skiers into the sport, and help them advance with their own certifications.
My greatest loves are teaching skiing, and going on backcountry trips far away from the footprint of man. I like to go out and ski places where others wouldn't think to go, especially during the summer when others have hung up their gear for the season. Once you have a good grasp of the fundamental skills, you can handle anything.
With that in mind, I do dabble in all snowsports, including snowboarding, nordic, park and pipe, racing, etc. I also have an engineering background, and you may see me on a ski of my own design. When not on snow, I sail my schooner and homebrew beer.
Sadly, as the ski industry tends not to be the best paying career, I am currently only working on snow part-time, usually Saturdays. I hope to retire and make skiing a full-time career by 2020. In the meantime, I am available to teach lessons, although much of my time is taken up by training other instructors. For legal and insurance reasons, I cannot provide ski instruction outside of the Summit Snowsports School. To reserve a lesson with me, contact the Summit at Snoqualmie Snowsports School at 425-434-6748 and request me by name. I am only available to the public at Summit West on Saturdays, and even then my availability is limited.