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John Gaynes

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Hometown?

I grew up in Vestal, NY. I currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

How did you get into Skiing?

I started skiing at age 11 in upstate NY and have skied as much as possible every winter since then. After I moved to Utah, I developed an addiction to skiing pow in steep terrain, which lead me to the Wasatch backcountry.

What is your favorite shred spot?

It is tough to choose just one favorite spot, but it would probably be Wolverine Cirque.

Backcountry, Park, or Street?

Backcountry

If you could have dinner with 3 people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

1. Bill Clinton: I think it would be entertaining.
2. JP Auclair: He was a fascinating human being.
3. My son, Huck Gaynes: He is hands down my favorite person to spend time with.

What are your goals for this season?

To progress every day and to make good decisions.

Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?

Alex Honnold, his ability level is super human.

What are 3 things you like to do outside of Skiing?

Rock climbing, music (I play the violin and piano), Neuroscience (it pays the bills).

Who are the top 3 bands/artists you're into right now?

Phish, The Strokes, Houndmouth

What sets you apart?

I am a skier, but I only shred with snowboarders.

What advice would you give kids that want to make in your sport?

Take every opportunity to gain experience, and make the most of every day out, even if the conditions are less than ideal.

 

 

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