Role: Canoer and Team Captain
Team: Mt. Baker Ski Area Mixed
How did you become involved in the Ski to Sea:
My first Ski to Sea memory is from when I was about 6 or 7 years old; my Mom and her friend did the canoe leg when it still went all the way to Bellingham Bay. The tide was out when they got to the Nooksack river delta, so they had to run for what seemed like FOREVER through calf-deep water through the tide flats, (this is after having canoed over 24 miles) and I ran alongside. Mom and her friend were not exactly happy campers, but I had a ball!
What has kept you together as a team for so long now?:
Everyone on the team is either a family member or good friend... so basically we feel comfortable heckling each other into doing it every year!
Mt. Baker Ski Area Marketing Co-Director
Length of Employment:
High School, and one quarter shy of graduating from WWU.
Ooooh, way to difficult to choose. I have a favorite sport from each period of my life: snowboarding, roller hockey, telemark skiing, rowing, canoeing and now cross-country skiing with my baby.
There is no such thing as bad weather; just inappropriate clothing and a bad attitude.
Last Book Read:
Big Brown Bear Goes to Town
Long Term Dreams/Goals:
To help bring happiness and adventure to my family and myself.
How long have you been involved in the Ski to Sea?:
I first raced in the Ski to Sea when I was 18. So I guess that's 21 years!
Do you plan to be in the Ski to Sea race again?:
Yes indeed. I'll be taking a break next year because I'm due to have a baby at the end of January, but I'll be back the year after.
Do you plan to do all 7 legs of the race?:
Nooooo way. Running is absolutely out of the question! But I have already done the cross-country, downhill ski, canoe and kayak legs. I think now I'm locked into the canoe leg forever because I enjoy it so much.
What do you like about the Ski to Sea?:
I love the fact that there are world-class athletes competing alongside weekend warriors. I also love how inspirational it is for people (including me) who may not otherwise be motivated to get outside and get active.
What would you tell others about the Ski to Sea?:
Do it! It's a fun adventure, and unlike any other event you will ever do.
What do you like about the Bellingham/Mt Baker region?:
I like pretty much everything about this region - including the weather! I've traveled quite a bit through the North America and Europe, and I can honestly say there is no place else I would rather live. We have such great, affordable, year-round access to some of the most beautiful and fantastic recreation areas in the world; ocean sports in Bellingham Bay, paddling on Lake Whatcom, biking on the Interurban trails and Galbraith, hiking in the Chuckanuts and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and of course, snow sports at Mt. Baker Ski Area. Add to that our close proximity to Vancouver and Seattle, and the great restaurants and events that happen in Bellingham, and that makes this a wonderful place to live a well-rounded life.
Words of Wisdom:
Get outside, and get your kids and friends outside! Being outside in the elements, be it sun, rain, snow, wind or whatever, is a cure for many of life's ills.