and how it has benefited my life and passion for the mountains as a freeskier. Skiing in New Zealand is rad with some pretty epic terrain parks and back country terrain but the ski season is short and the pow is few and far between. My first trip to Colorado totally blew my mind, the mountains were huge and the seasons is so much longer than NZ, there are so many different mountains to explore and so many more features than NZ, like trees and moguls (not that I really like those) and millions of terrain parks to choose from. Colorado was also the mecca for freeski comps, with super pipes outside our front door, so there was no better place to live. I also fell in love with the fresh, high altitude rocky mountain air and the sick powder days. After I hung up my competition skis, however, it was time to check what else North America had to offer. Moving to the PNW blew my mind, it is like a combination of Colorado and NZ, the coastal vibes make it so green and lush like NZ , with Crazy massive mountains and long seasons like Colorado. I truly have it the best of both worlds in the PNW! There are so many sweet places to shred and in the summer there is endless mtn biking with Whistler just up the way, Mt Bachelor a little further south and so many sweet places in between, I feel like a kid in a candy store!