In 1972 when my skiing idol, pro hotdogger Jon Mahanna, formed the Hot Dog Ski Team at Bousquet Ski Area in Massachusetts I couldn’t join fast enough. Every weekend we built jumps and got big air, honed stunt ballet tricks, and learned to ski the hardest lines in icy moguls. In 1974 Jon took me to a professional Freestyle contest at Berkshire East, MA where I foreran the aerials doing spread eagle flyaway front flips in front of my heroes of the sport. I was hooked for life. After a few years of USSA freestyle competition, in 1977 I qualified to compete on the Professional Freestyle Associates Midas World Trophy Tour and also began coaching the powerhouse Bousquet Freestyle team. Around that time I was inspired by old time Bousquet telemark skier Jack Rice to begin dropping the knee. I eventually retired from competition and spent the 80’s and 90’s exploring the backcountry in various epic ski locations across the country. Always intending to return to coaching, it was at the urging of my son Galen that I took on the Smugglers’ Notch Freeski Team head coaching role in 2011. In Big Mountain Freeskiing I have rediscovered the pure skiing essence that made me fall in love with the sport in my youth, and I truly appreciate the rewards of contributing to the positive development of young athletes. I have spent the past several years developing a sustainable competition program at Smugglers’ Notch, while working on a broader scale to develop, grow, and strengthen the infrastructure of our sport.
Freeski Program Director for the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club
Flyin’ Ryan Coach for the Flyin’ Ryan Foundation
Author of the IFSA Flyin’ Ryan Decisions Program
IFSA Board of Directors: Eastern Delegate and chair of the IFSA Coaching Certification Committee
Bill-Paying Job: Staff Engineer responsible for $70M/year production program for General Dynamics in Williston, VT
Reside in Essex, VT with wife Sarah and son Galen. Galen is an IFSA competitor, and is in his freshman year of high school. Sarah owns and operates Full Circle Gardens nursery in Essex, VT.
Summer activity: Mountain bike trail riding and masters racing as a member of TopTwoThirds Racing
USSA Freestyle Competition 1973-1976
Professional Freestyle World Tour 1977 and 1978
Coach USSA Freestyle at Bousquet Ski Area, MA 1976-1981