Tell us a little about the experience you’ll offer through the zozi Guru program.
I'm stoked to be hosting a series of really awesome experiences with zozi <http://www.zozi.com> this year. One of them will be an all-day exclusive cat-skiing experience in the Tahoe backcountry. I'll take a small group out with me and the professional guides from Pacific Crest Snowcats, to spend the day shredding powder while logging 12,000-14,000 vertical feet on untracked snow. I'll work with the group throughout the day to help them improve their skiing technique and form. After a long day on the slopes, we'll chill out and wind down with food and drinks around a fire pit in the backcountry.
A separate experience will also have me hitting the slopes with a small group for an intensive day of ski training at Squaw. On this experience, the group will have VIP to skip lift lines and maximize their time on the slopes. We'll end the day with drinks and food at Squaw's newest après-ski scene, Rocker Bar, where we'll watch videos from the day on HD flat screens.
How is this a different experience that the guests might be able to find elsewhere?
The experience is for people who are interested in gaining my insights on skiing and experience Squaw and the surrounding area the way I see it. With a full day of skiing I am able to dig into the technical aspects of peoples’ skiing and show them the parts of the mountain where I spent my time practicing my skills. We will also shoot video and break it down. I have been doing this for corporate groups for years, but this is the first time I have offered this type of experience to individuals. Until zozi <http://www.zozi.com> came along there was not a good platform for me to be able to do this. I will only be offering these experiences through zozi so it does not exist anywhere else.
What does “adventure” mean to you?
I think I know it’s going to be an adventure any time I feel slightly uncomfortable before I do it. Negotiating with that uncomfortable feeling is an important skill to have.
What secrets of Squaw and the Sierra Nevada’s do you plan to share with the guests?
At Squaw I’ll show people where I like ski on the mountain and help them do it. During the backcountry trip, we will just shred and make up stories afterwards at the fire. Standard powder day protocol!
For more info on the zozi Guru program, click here.