What’s an OGExpert? They’re the folks that huff and puff alongside you in the skin track, give you a yell from the lift, move that pad for you at the climbing gym, share their granola at the summit, or help you change a flat tire at the bike trail head. They’re us. We’ve done it all, and used pretty much every kind of gear along the way. We live, breathe, and recreate with the community.
New London, NH
What brought you here to Vermont?
People always ask me this and the answer is simple! I’m not a city person, I love mountains, plus I wanted to be close to home. Therefore, Vermont was the perfect place to live, and I gotta say this place truly is perfect.
How long have you been working at Outdoor Gear Exchange?
What is your role at OGE?
Ski Department Head and Snowblade Enthusiast
What would you consider your area of outdoor expertise?
Skiing! I love skiing. It’s what I’ve been doing the longest and know the most about. Still over the years I’ve gained a good amount of knowledge in whitewater kayaking/canoeing as well as backpacking.
Tell us about any upcoming goals or trips you have.
I have a trip to Steamboat coming up in March that I’m super stoked on. I’ve never been and while I’m there I’m hoping to get a decent amount of backcountry skiing in, as well as some resort skiing.
What is one piece of advice or trip recommendation you often give to people who are experiencing the outdoors for the first time?
Take your time! The outdoors is a truly amazing place. Just take a moment and enjoy it all.
Favorite piece of outdoor clothing or equipment you bring on every trip?
My trusty Nalgene!
What’s your favorite trail snack and local beverage?
I love all things trail snacks. From pocket pizza to Clif bars, I always have something on me. I have to say my favorite snack on the trail may just be a tie between gummy bears and mixed nuts, along with a Stowe Cider High and Dry!
How do you keep the stoke at 11?
It’s not always easy keeping the stoke at 11, sometimes it drops down to 10. So, to keep it at 11 here’s what I do: I always bring extra snacks, because when someone forgets their snacks, the stoke level drops (it’s a scientific fact). On days when the weather is a little rough or the conditions aren’t ideal I take a moment (or several) and remind myself that I’m outside and doing things I love. Finally, on days when I’m riding the strugglebus on a tough climb or skin I take some deep breaths and joke around with the amazing humans I’m surrounded by.
Instrument of choice for digging a cat hole?
The Deuce from The Tentlab. Not only is the name great, but it’s super lightweight and barely takes up room in your pack!
How were you introduced to the outdoors?
I got introduced to the outdoors at age 2, but my first real memory came a little later. I think I was 5 or 6 and my family was kayaking up in the White Mountains. We hit some small rapids and I went into a full panic, which ended up flipping the kayak my mom and I were in. After we flipped all I could think about was my mom's hat floating down the river, not the kayak or paddle, the hat. Sadly, the hat was gone forever, but the kayak and paddle were all good!
Favorite after-work shred spot/outdoor adventure?
In the winter I’ll most likely go for some snowblade or skin laps at Bolton Valley. Then in the summer, I’ll zip on over to Saxon Hill or Cady Hill for some hot laps.
Favorite part about the OGE?
The humans! Honestly the people who work and come to OGE are truly amazing.
Biggest outdoor pet-peeve?
Simple. LNT. Pick up your trash people!
Are you a fan of Type 2 fun?
I’m slowly becoming one.
Any sufferfests/epics you’d like to tell us about?
Oh! I once skiing at Snowbird and as I was dropping into a trail called Upper Silver Fox and immediately stepped out of my ski. I tried to stop the fall, but my other ski ended up coming off, followed by my poles. Since it was the Spring, the entire trail was bumps, and I hit every single one with my face (would not recommend). When I stopped sliding my ski pants were at my ankles, my goggles were around my neck, and I had no idea where any of my equipment was. After about 5 minutes two very nice humans brought me my poles, and about 5 minutes later my brother and a ski patroller showed up with my skis. Turns out the Snowbird Ski Patrol got 4 calls about a human sliding down Silver Fox. Gotta say, that was still an 11/10 ski day!