Tim grew up in the suburbs of Portland OR and started skiing at 4 or 5. Both parents were from Colorado so upon moving to Oregon they bought a cabin at Mt. Hood and skied every weekend and holiday. Tim ski raced all over the PNW for nine years in all 4 disciplines.

After high school Tim’s brother got him a job in Aspen CO turning bindings in a rental shop. The skiing culture was a lot different there so he ended up getting a job as a pro patroller so they would stop taking his ski pass for what they considered reckless skiing. He was just skiing like everyone skied in the PNW, extremely fast.

After 4 years of patrolling Tim decided to take a sabbatical in order to fulfill a dream of spending a season in Chamonix, thanks Glen Plake.  After only 1 season in Chamonix his eyes were opened and he was done patrolling. During his 7 years in the Alps Tim climbed and skied with guides, soon to be guides, legends, and incredibly enthusiastic people. The Alps are where he learned ski touring, ski mountaineering, ice climbing, alpine climbing, and in general how to truly enjoy the mountains. Chamonix is also where he discovered his new heroes Patrick Vallencent, Jean-Marc Boivin , Sylvan Saudan, Remi Lecluse, Pierre Tardivel and many others who pioneered steep skiing. The latter living legend Tardivel became a mentor and Tim was invited on a few first descents in the Alps, thanx Pierre. Tim also discovered a whole new culture in France and studied French with a tutor and can speak conversational French which is nice since Tim’s wife is a Francophone. He is subsequently a bit of a Francophile, no apologies, France is amazing.

After so many years in Europe, Tim came home to spend time with the family and took his first AMGA ski guide course in Aspen.  Bela Vadasz was the course director and he invited Tim down to Truckee to continue his education, and eventually became a full-time Alpine Skills International guide.

Tim have lived and guided in the Sierra for the past 9 years and is an AMGA aspirant mountain guide with a Ski Guide certificate. He is currently enrolled in an upcoming Rock Guide Exam and hopes to finish his IFMGA in 2019. Tim is also an AIARE level 1 course leader Level 2 instructor and currently a Wilderness First Responder.

 

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