Sam grew up in the mountains of Washington and California, making numerous summer and winter backcountry trips into the Olympics, Cascades and Sierras. After college, Sam took a job with Olympic National Park and served as the Glacier Meadows / Mt Olympus Ranger. It was here that he began exploring deep into the range on skis. Currently, Sam works seasonally for the NPS on a large volcano in the summer, while spending winters as a ski guide and NWAC Pro Observer. He lives in Port Angeles with his wife and feels very lucky to have Hurricane Ridge as his backyard.