My story began with the idea of reviving an old John Deere 300 Spitfire that my uncle told me I could have if I could make it run. I soon after discovered the miracle of ether. The top speed of 50 mph while ripping down the ice-covered lane we lived on seemed very impressive at the time. As good as I had it, I thought I needed something faster. I soon graduated to a 1984 Yamaha Phazer. It was at this time that I graduated from the farm fields to the snow-covered foothills of the Little Wood River Valley. I was amazed at how fast I could climb a hill, and even more impressed (terrified) at how fast I could come down that same hill. It wasn’t long after that I moved to a 92 Phazer 2 long track. Wow what a difference the super long 136 inch track made. Learning quick on the Phazer, I decided that I was ready for an even better sled. My next purchase was an Indy 500 EFI. I purchased a monster 1.25” deep lug track that was so popular on the new 670 Summits.
It was finally time. I was 15 years old, and confidently ready to start riding with “the guys”. These guys were the veteran mountain riders of the town and were godly as far as I was concerned. My first ride was terrifying, and I couldn’t believe the slopes and cornices we passed over and went up. It turned out that this terrifying experience would not be my last. Every ride, I was terrified and pushed to my limits, but I never backed down. My veteran crew always made sure I was safe.
It wasn’t until my first year out of high school that it suddenly hit me one day. We had a new kid with us. He was...terrified. I suddenly realized how far I’d come. Building on that day I began pushing harder and riding steeper and deeper terrain. I always rode the shortest track of our group just to make it challenging.
It was on the 2017 Ski-Doo Demo Tour that my efforts in riding and snowmobile stewardship were finally recognized. That next fall I was offered a sponsorship as a Ski-Doo local ambassador. I had always worked very hard to promote a positive name for the snowmobile crowd and my local dealer. In the fall of 2017, I was offered a second season with Ski-Doo. I’m so stoked to be working with Sum+It Riders for such a great cause. There is nothing that gives me more joy than to be on a sled with killer snow and great friends.