I am happy to announce that I have officially signed with Völkl skis as my newest sponsor. The conglomerate of Marker bindings, Dalbello boots, and Völkl skis or (MDV) for short. They are the quintessential trifecta of quality products. I am deeply honored to be representing the best skis in the business as they have been around since 1923. Cheers to almost 100 years! 100 years speaks for itself as the Völkl brand has expressed their core values of progressive technologies, outstanding products, and high quality “Made in Germany”. I’m more than happy to be a part of the Völkl family and share their company vision stating, “At Völkl, high-tech innovation meets traditional craftsmanship to create the most precise, highest quality, and technologically advanced skis in the world. We focus on constant improvement of the ski and the creation of the perfect setup to revolutionize skiing.”
To Be completely honest this is my first ever paying ski sponsor. At the age of 25 years old, all it took was 5 X Games medals (one of them being gold), 1 Olympic silver medal, 2 Dew tour championships, and numerous Grand Prix podiums HAHA! Most people can’t believe it when I tell them that, but I don’t take it personally. Actually, quite the contrary. I am extremely grateful that Völkl was the only company in the whole ski industry that was willing to go to bat for me. To really believe in me by supporting what I do. They were the only company that was willing to sit down and talk numbers. While it is never about the money, it is about the support. In the most real terms, skiing is an expensive sport and we as the athletes are putting our lives on the line every time we click into our bindings. I believe a lot more skiers should be fully sponsored head to toe because what we do is absolutely impressive. Our talents and deserve recognition through a number of avenues, one of them being a few dollars to get to the next contest.
Being in the industry since the age of 10 I have continuously noticed that Völkl has been there for a great number of athletes. They have upheld their contribution to the sport of skiing and especially towards freestyle/freeride skiing. Volk truly works with some of the best athletes in the world including Oystein Braten (Olympic gold medalist), Nick Goepper (3x X Games Gold Medalist and 2X Olympic medalist), Kevin Rolland (5x XGames gold medalist and Olympic Bronze Medalist), Tom Ritsch (Back country and style extraordinaire), just to name a few. What a great honor to join this list of incredible people. Not only are they friends of mine, but they are very fun to watch and celebrate their victories. Völkl has put tons of time into their R&D, making the perfect park and pipe skis. Finding the balance of a strong/powerful ski, yet just the right amount of softness allowing for increased style. They have incorporated their athletes into not only the creative graphic design of building skis but, also the pure technical side as well. Here at Völkl the athlete opinion matters. It’s not just a pay check and go skiing. It’s a collaboration, a process, a purposeful relationship where both parties win.
Overall, I could not be more grateful and honored to join such a credible team. The Völkl family’s root run deep and I can’t wait to hit the slopes on the best equipment money can buy. In the park I will be riding the Revolt 86 in a size 180cm paired with the DS 130 and the Jester 18 Pro ID. In the pipe I will be riding the Revolt 87 in a size 177 paired with the Dalbello DS 130 and the Jester 18 Pro ID. For all mountain riding days, you’ll find me on the Revolt 95 in a size 181 paired with the Dalbello DS 130 and the Jester 18 Pro ID. I will also be riding this as an alpine touring set up paired with the Lupo touring boots and the Marker Kingpin 13! Lastly, for the deepest days of the year I will be riding the Revolt 121 paired with the Dalbello DS 130 and the Jester 18 Pro ID. See you on the slopes and thank you again MDV!