Here’s a little blasphemy. Jason’s favorite pair of skis aren’t his white-base Rossis. Or the creaky pair of two-decade-old Atomic classic skis he’s done the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse on a few times. No doubt it’s the 160 cm pair of featherweight ski-mo skis that have opened up big and fast and sometimes scary days in the mountains.
Clearly, since Jason writes about nordic skiing, it’s a passion. But all the kilometers logged, trying to get faster on the gerbil wheel, he claims it’s so he feels better on those few days a year he can climb a peak and ski off the summit. Beyond the work and family, that’s what makes him tick.
Just having completed his 48th trip around the sun, Jason could spend hours trying to make one or two sentences in an otherwise banal story on, say, the wax of the day, truly sing.
As a FasterSkier stalwart, he’s supported by a much-smarter partner whom he followed to Madagascar for a year while she watched Lemurs and he watched their two-and-a-half-year-old son Aidan. (He’s now 13 years old.) There’s a 9-year-old named Aamion (sounds like Damion with no D and a double A) in the mix as well.
Jason’s best day in the last twelve months, besides helping start the ‘Nordic Nation’ podcast, of course, was climbing and skiing Oregon’s Mt. Hood with his oldest child.
Jason lives in Bend, Ore., and can often be seen chasing his two boys around town. He’s a self-proclaimed audio geek. That all started back in the early 1990s when he convinced a naive public radio editor he should report a story from Alaska’s, Ruth Gorge. Now, Jason’s common companion is his field-recording gear.