DOUG EVANS | Empire, CO
I was born in Arizona. My dad was a commercial pilot and my mom a travel agent, so I was introduced to the world of adventure at an early age. We moved to Denver when I was 6. I got introduced to skiing and was hooked! As a “city kid”, I had to work a little harder to get my days in. At 17, I quit high school, did a semester at Western State College, and decided I wanted to be a full-time ski bum. I competed for several years in Big-Mountain competitions before moving to the judging side of things. I love the sport of skiing because it can never be perfected, and everyone can have their own unique style and flair. I’m currently living in Empire, CO where I work to live, live to ski, and try to avoid the ever-growing Front Range crowds.
Social Media Channels
– Feature stories in POWDER (The Blind Spot, Fall 2014) and Skiing (Jackpot, Oct 2016)
– Two top-ten finishes @ Taos Freeride Championship
– 3rd place @ Red Mountain Freeride Qualifier
– 2nd and 3rd place in Arapahoe Basin Enduro
– 4 years judging the Taos FWT 4* Event
– Skied (on snow) 196 months in a row…and counting
Get to know Doug
What are you up to this season? Trips? Filming?
I’ll be making the most of the unusually deep snowpack here in Colorado and sharing the stoke as much as I can. I acquired an old snowmobile that I’ve been using to access some fun ski-touring options. Judging at the Taos free ride event again then heading to BC this spring for a week long hut trip with the SCARPA crew. I’m also looking forward to skiing some new and exciting summer lines around my house when all this snow turns to corn.
Where’s your favorite place to ski?
The high peaks of the Colorado Front Range…they’re not the raddest mountains, but it’s where it all started for me.
If you could travel anywhere to ski, where would you go and why?
The Alps, I’ve never been, and it looks unlike anything I’ve experienced before.
What music is on your “skin track” or “powder day” playlist?
When it comes to music, I don’t discriminate. Tribe Called Quest (that new new), Nightmares on Wax, Metallica, Sturgill Simpson, Rapidgrass, and even some Florida Georgia Line (don’t judge me).
What inspires you and where do you look for inspiration?
I’m inspired by people that defy physical stereotypes to engage in the sports they’re passionate about despite disabilities or injury. I’m also inspired by the awesomeness and beauty of our physical world. Oh, and Shane McConkey.
What are your Corbeaux go-to’s, and why? How do you use Corbeaux to layer?
My everyday kit includes layering the Sopris Longsleeve and the Chinook Hoody. I like the the thin material of the Chinook because I can wear the hood under my helmet on deep days to keep the powder out and my neck warm. The Shandoka 1z 2.0 is my go-to for long days on the snowmobile and relaxing afterward in the hut.
If you aren’t skiing, where can we find you?
I spend my summer running heavy-equipment for a landscaping company in Summit County, and working part-time at the local ski shop in the winter. I also enjoy honing my skills behind the camera, trail-running, and foraging for mushrooms in the local mountains.
1 piece of gear that you cannot live without?
A good pair of goggles. Vision is everything.
Who are your other sponsors?
Liberty Skis, SCARPA, Flylow Clothing, Oakley Eyewear, Ortovox
2 truths, 1 lie
I’m a high school dropout. I was banned from the local ski area for a whole season. I hate tequila.