Andrew Pollard

Skier, River Guide, Artist

Hometown

Alta, Utah

Current

Salt Lake City, Utah

Andrew grew up in the small town of Alta, UT. The mountain was his babysitter and shaped the person he is today. Now, he gives back to the mountain which raised him by coaching the Alta Snowbird Freeride Team. Andrew also travels the world and competes on the Freeride World Tour with his little sister Jacqueline.

Pump up Song: Give Me The Beat - Ghostland Observatory

Life Motto: Be fun. Have safe.

What was your all-time favorite ski day, and why?

Everyday on skis is a good day to be living. It’s hard to point out a best day. All I need is good friends, good snow, and skis on my feet. That is why we do it. 

In your opinion, are there friends on a powder day?

Yes. Who are you supposed to high-five at the bottom if you are skiing powder by yourself? The tree? 

How did growing up in Alta, UT transform your skiing and who you are?

Alta is home. The people and ski culture there made me fall in love with skiing.  It is a friendly mountain that you can learn how to rip.  There are lots of jumps and cliffs that kept me busy thru my teenage years. I am very lucky to still ski around there everyday I can, while coaching the AltaBird freeride team. The people and snowpack are always changing up at Alta, but it will always feel like home to me. 

What do you do to create balance in your life?

I try to create balance in my life by spending winters in the mountains and summers on the rivers. I like the change of seasons and I use the mellow time on the river in the summer to balance the chaos of the winter. Its also nice to find time to slow down and do art when I feel like I am moving too fast.

What does Let The Outside In mean to you?

Let the outside in means being affected by the environments that we live and play in. It important to be open to the landscape and let it become apart of you. Spending quality times in the mountains and outside with my friends is where people who are passionate about the outdoors are able to realize their core values.

 

Check out Andrew's Stio feature in Taking the Fun Line!