Jake was born in Telluride, Colorado in 1987 and by age two he was already on skis. By age 10 Jake was competing in regional mogul competitions with the Telluride Freestyle Ski Team. For high school Jake attended the Lowell Whiteman School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and continued to compete in freestyle, big mountain, slopestyle, big air, and half pipe competitions earning himself a spot on the Colorado All Star Team for three consecutive years (2004-2007). Continuing to make top three as a junior in the Crested Butte U.S. Extreme Free Skiing Championships Jake decided to pursue his ski career as well as a college education.
Jake graduated with a degree in environmental sustainability from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Taking the winter terms off Jake was able to balance his studies and skiing. In the winter of 2007 Jake tore his ACL, as a result of this injury Jake stayed in school to heal and get caught up. That following winter Jake continued to compete on the I.F.S.A World Tour and came back even stronger and earned himself a first place finish at the Salomon Freeride Championship in Taos, New Mexico and numerous top ten finishes to land him sixth place overall on the World Tour.
on the road to even more
While continuing to push the sport of freeskiing by taking park tricks to the backcountry, he is also a role model for many kids with asthma, and works with National Jewish Health, who is the number one respiratory hospital in the United States. Growing up with severe asthma Jake has teamed up with National Jewish to provide insight that asthma does not have to stop people from doing what they love. Jake is also a Clean Air Champion and works alongside other respected athletes to motivate and educate people to improve air quality adopting practices and lifestyles that enhance both environmental and personal health. With Jake’s degree in environmental sustainability from UBC he became involved with 1STEP. 1 STEP is a charitable foundation dedicated to mobilizing winter sports communities worldwide to combat climate change and enjoy winter sports in the most sustainable ways.
what will Jake do next?
Fresh off the University boat Jake will continue his skiing career in Whistler.