Years Riding: 13 years
Sponsors: Folsom Skis, Town of Snowmass Village
Home Mountain: Aspen Highlands, Aspen CO
Favorite Run: Kesler's
Favorite Place to Hangout: Friday nights at the Wine Spot listening to Jes Grew playing an accoustic set.
In 1995, Sam was involved in a freak mountain bike crash resulting in paraplegia from a burst fracture of the 12th thoracic and 1st lumbar.
That following winter "Good Morning, America" featured Sam in an introductory disabled ski lesson which re-established his confidence and self-esteem to believe in and pursue his dreams as a competitive monoskier.
Since that time he has been an active volunteer for Challenge Aspen and an advocate for monoskiers around the globe participating in Ride the Rockies a 565 mile bike tour across Colorado, Disabled Division Champion of the Aspen Highlands Town Race Series, 24 Hours of Aspen fore-runner and most recently taking the Silver Medal in Mono Skier Cross at X-Games 13.
He's been highlighted in Warren Miller Film's, "Journey," in 2003 for his first disabled descent of Aspen Highlands Bowl and "Playground" in 2007.
Sam has accepted a spot with the Challenge Aspen Competitive Program as a monoski competitor for the USSA North American Adaptive circuit and hopes to qualify for the Federation of International Skiing Adaptive World Cup circuit in Super G and Downhill next year. The program is directed by Kevin Jardine with assistance from Head Coach, John McBride and Assistant Coach, Johnathan Micah.