Photo: Joe Connolly @chugachpeaksphotography
Writer, Teacher, Sufferfest Aficionado
I’ve been writing in a journal since I was seven, and skiing since I was eight.
Writing things down to process my experience of the world, and to connect with others has always felt natural and necessary. In addition to keeping a journal for 26 years, I got a Bachelor’s in creative nonfiction writing from Northwestern University, and have been publishing essays since 2013.
Growing up in Maine, I competed as a nordic and alpine ski racer, but it wasn’t until after college that I realized I could combine my love of going uphill and downhill into one sport. Backcountry skiing is the thing on this planet that makes me feel the most like myself.
Skiing, writing, and teaching all allow me to be creative in different ways–choosing how to safely and enjoyably travel across snowy terrain; describing experiences in vivid, inventive language that resonates; and finding ways to engage my students in challenging, memorable ways.
I’ve spent my adult life skiing, writing, teaching, and leading trips in Colorado, Tahoe, and now Alaska. It’s such a privilege to get to explore the mountains and I’m honored to do it as a FOW!
Bryn Mawr, PA
- Collection of essays, Out Here: Wisdom from the Wilderness published by Rocky Mountain Books in 2020
- Over 60 essays published in print & online in outlets such as Backcountry Magazine, the Ski Journal, Trails Magazine, Wildsnow.com, Teton Gravity Research, and the NOLS, Stio, Deuter, and Salomon blogs, etc.
- Featured in short ski film in Backcountry Magazine’s The New Class series in 2021
- Consecutive 100+ day ski seasons since 2018-19
- Master’s Degree in Education + almost a decade of classroom experience