I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, where I grew up snow skiing, water skiing, fishing, and camping in eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. My family and I spent a lot of time on the water, as we lived within 50 miles of 100 lakes. My parents were very active and supportive with all things outdoors – they loved to show us the way. One particular older brother pushed me (kicked my butt) to be better - or worse - depending on the situation.
In search of steeper mountains, I moved to Jackson Hole to ski “for a season” in 1988. It was the year of the Yellowstone fires and the first place I had ever been that got 600 inches of snow in one season. I'll never leave!!! My first job was working in the kitchen at the infamous Mangy Moose Saloon at the base of the resort. This started a long career of working the perfect jobs to support my ski bum lifestyle that would allow me to ski as many days as possible. Soon after moving to Jackson, I was tapped by the Jackson Hole Air Force, a “secret” fraternity of hardcore skiers pushing the boundaries (literally) of backcountry skiing in the valley. I spent many years ducking ropes and dodging the JH ski patrol, but in 1998 I decided it was time to bridge the two worlds. I joined up with the JH Ski Patrol that year and that’s where I still am today. I feel lucky to have a job that allows me to do what I love every day.
Shortly thereafter I married my wife, Sheila, and in 2006, we had a daughter named Lane.True to my WA roots, I spent my summers fly fishing and eventually started guiding the trout filled rivers in WY and ID. Looking for a change from the trout scene in 2005, I set my sites on the lesser-known world of Western competitive bass fishing. The early years of my bass fishing career were spent traveling around the western states and competing for the chance to make the national bass fishing circuit. I eventually worked my way up and became a member of the Bass Federation Wyoming State team.Though I still compete, most of my summer schedule is now consumed by trips every weekend to the national park with my wife and daughter Lane. We pack up the camper and drive to the mountains or a great bass fishing destination where I share my passion for small mouth bass with my daughter.