Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid, New York
Andrew grew up hiking, skiing and exploring the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. He started ski racing when he was 5, qualified for the US Ski Team when he was 16, and then raced professionally for 16 years from 2002-2018. During that time Andrew competed on the World Cup for 11 full seasons and raced at 4 World Championships and 3 Olympics. He won 2 Olympic medals (Bronze Vancouver 2010 and Silver Sochi 2014) before retiring from competitive skiing in 2018. Since his “retirement” he has finished his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and eventually moved back to Lake Placid where he works in Marketing, Guest Services and Operations at the Mirror Lake Inn. His post skiing racing goals base around exploring his backyard and Andrew is excited to explore, ski, hike, bike, fish and paddle the 6 million acres of the Adirondack Park.
Surprising Fact: I'm afraid of heights.
Spirit Animal: Wolf
What are the top three coolest places places skiing has taken you?
In no particular order I would have to say the New Zealand Souther Alps, the Lanquimay region in Southern Chile and, the Olympics. To me there is something really awesome and underrated about Southern Hemisphere skiing, probably because it feels more undiscovered and as a result easy to get away from the crowds. New Zealand is beautiful in general and has a vast and fairly accessible backcountry whether for skiing, hiking or fishing. Southern Chile reminds me of how I would imagine the Pacific Northwest was like 150 years ago; awesome mountains, a few farms and ranches, and mostly wild. Finally, I feel like I have to pay lip service to the Olympics; every time the experience was incredible and a total honor to represent the USA.
What's the best piece of skiing advice you can offer to a new skier?
Go at your own pace and keep it fun. To me skiing is such a great sport because no matter where you’re at in the learning process, there is always the opportunity to touch your personal boundaries without getting in over your head.
How did you get the nickname "War Horse"?
I got this nick name during first year on the World Cup. When I was starting out on those tracks, I made up for my lack of experience (and probably skill) with pure intensity and hard charging. This resulted in some good races, many even more memorable crashes, and a decent nick name.
What do you do to create balance in your life?
I make a point of getting outside every day. During my last years as a ski racer, I rediscovered time outside kept me on an even keel and helped me to keep going through a long season. My wife and I have taken that concept into my life after athletics and now enjoy sharing that love with our two young girls.
What inspiration do you find in the outdoors?
The outdoors are where I’m able to clear my head and keep my life straight. My wife and I have always prioritized living in places with ready access to the outdoors and find it even more important now we are raising a family of our own. I have never needed motivation to get outside but rather use the prospect of time outside to motivate me to do the things I need to maintain this lifestyle.