1. Where did you grow up?
As the fortunate son of an avalanche forecaster/park ranger I grew up spending my winters in Salt Lake City and summers in Grand Teton National Park.
2. How old were you when you first started skiing?
At age 2 my parents strapped skis to my feet and lowered me down the neighborhood sledding slope.
3. Did you start out telemarking or did you start out doing down hill?
I started out on alpine gear and when I was 19, I switched to telemarking.
4. Did you always want to be a pro?
I always thought it would be cool to be a pro skier, but it wasn’t till I freed my heel that I realized I could be good enough to get some free gear.
5. Was there anyone in particular who helped motivate you to where you are?
No one person has influenced me on their own, however numerous skiers have, and continue to inspire and push my skiing. Among those I would have to include John Philips, Carston Oliver, Kent May, Jake Sakson, Nick Devore, Eric Pollard, and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa.
6. If someone who doesn’t ski asked you why you ski and why you like it, how would you describe it?
a. What does skiing mean to you?
I ski because I love the mountains and I know no better way to explore them. I ski because it requires my complete attention, both physically and mentally; it is a form of meditation. I mostly ski because sliding on snow is fun.
7. What is your favorite memory as a child?
My favorite memory as a child would have to be my mom feeding my chocolate on the chairlift.
8. What is your favorite ski area?
I would have to say that my favorite ski area is Mt. Baker because of the small, family atmosphere, the terrain, and the large amounts of precipitation.
9. What do you plan to accomplish with your career?
The main thing that I want to accomplish with my career is to have fun.
- Leah Jewett