I'm the Lead Developer at Liftopia and have been working on the platform since 2008. It has been amazing to watch the progress of both the company and the larger ski/snowboard industry during this time. I have lived in Minnesota my entire life and grew up skiing at Afton Alps, Spirit Mountain and Lutsen. Snowbird is my most memorable trip over the past few years, getting to glide through 18" of new snow and cutting first tracks on Mineral Basin.
Jason and I waiting for a friend to make his way through the trees in Prospect Woods at Telluride, CO. (January 23, 2012)

Getting the Guts to Ski the Trees

In my previous post I wrote about my transition from a blue groomer to black diamond skier, and mentioned how much the trees scared me.  It remained to be one of my last untouched frontiers in my skiing back pocket. Until now…. Read More →

Steamboat, December 1998

Blue Groomer to Black Diamond Skier: My Breakthrough

For the first several years of my ski life I did the local hills in Minnesota near where I grew up, but never explored much beyond that.  I would make it out about 3-5 times a season, and was pretty… Read More →


Layering Appropriately

I went skiing for the first time in 1995, and embarrassingly knew nothing about it. I went on a whim because a bunch of my friends were going, and I thought that I’d try something new. I don’t remember being… Read More →