Andy started skiing on the icy rolling hills of Pennsylvania. At first chance, he loaded all his belongings into an old pickup and drove to a somewhat random spot on a map in Colorado. Years later he would see “Aspen Extreme” and chuckle.
At a ski shop in Beaver Creek, a guy named Chris loaned Andy a set of old Atomic telemark skis with Rottefella Chili Pepper bindings. It changed Andy’s life. Years later, after bouncing around various ski towns in Colorado, he followed a girl to Idaho, eventually finding McCall. He has yet to accept that he need not ski every inch of snow that falls on McCall. As such, most mornings find him checking the snow stake at Brundage and making coffee by headlamp so as not to wake the family as he slips out to ski a quick pow lap before work.
Andy jumped at the opportunity to go back to his roots and join the instructor team at Apex Mountain School. He is excited to be back in the Colorado backcountry, and teaching avalanche education in the place where he first experienced backcountry skiing.
When he is not playing in the snow he gets his kicks riding mountain bikes, climbing rocks, and enjoying most anything outdoors.
- AIARE Pro Level 1
- AIARE Level 1 and 2 Instructor
- Wilderness First Responder