How I got started skiing year-round: I got started skiing year-round because I became a member of the Timberline Ski School staff. It was easy to take advantage of the year round skiing that Mt. Hood offers.
Criteria for what counts as a ski trip: I measure the time. I need to ski for two hours to count the day.
Biggest threat to my streak: The biggest threat to the streak just took place. On January 7th of this year I had total shoulder replacement surgery. I was told not to ski for at least six months. On the last day in February I put my arm in a brace and skied. So far this month I have skied six times. I try real hard not to fall down. I would hate to face my doctor, or my wife for that matter. I also have a pacemaker for my heart and I planed that surgery around the streak.
Type of equipment I use: I am a Blizzard rep for skis, and a Tecnica rep. for boots. I am also a Marker rep. I have a standard set up on my everyday equipment and Marker Duke bindings on my backcountry skis.
Strategy for skiing through the low season: Skiing through the low season is real easy for me. Many of the years I have had lift served skiing in each of the twelve months of the year. Many of the years I have had to hike in the months of Sept, and Oct. Mt. Hood makes it easy to keep the streak alive.
Worst and best backcountry ski trips: Worst trip was in a very low snow year about six years ago. In the month of September I waited to the last day of the month with the hope that it would snow. It snowed but not enough to make anything skiable. I ended up packing out a drift that was about 40 feet long and 4 feet wide and making turns on that patch of snow for two hours. The best trip is about every June we hike to illumination rock and ski the snowfield down to Paradise Park and then hike out to the base of the mountain where we park cars.
Skiing activities in the past year: I am the Training Director for the Timberline Snow Sports Center so I am on snow almost every day in the Winter and 3 to 5 days a week in the summer so I get to slide a lot.