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Ted Mahon

Backcountry Skier, Runner, Biker, Mountain Enthusiast  Image
Hometown New York
Current Town Aspen, Colorado
Instagram @tedmahon

Ted found himself in Aspen, Colorado for the ski season right after college and never looked back. Following his curiosity led him to things like ski mountaineering, trail running and mountain climbing, and it’s taken him on adventures all around the world. For the past 25 years he's worked as a ski instructor in the winter and as guide on the peaks and trails around Aspen in the summer. The rest of the time you can find him out adventuring in all the same spots with his wife Christy, never sure of what the next chapter will bring.

Which of Stio's values personally align to you?

Stio values mountain life, which to me is about going with the natural flow—both seasonal and day-to-day—rather than trying to impose my own pace and schedule on the world around me. It's important to be flexible with the schedules and expectations we put on ourselves and let life follow its own natural course.

How do you create balance in your daily life?

Balance isn’t a fixed state, it’s an elusive goal we all have to continually work towards. Day-to-day life is constantly shifting, knocking us out of balance, and we have to make adjustments to find it again. Treat your outdoor goals or training like a job. Put them on your calendar alongside your work or professional schedule. That way you'll have the time set aside and you'll feel as though things are more in balance.

What is a bucket list activity you have yet to do or a place that you have yet to go?

Ski in Antarctica.

What is your go-to workout music?

Any of the Live Bait series releases from Phish.

What is a piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to pursue a life of mountain sports and adventures?

Explore anything that piques your interest; you never know where it could lead.