I was born in Montana but have lived in Salt Lake City my whole life. I started skiing at age 3 at Brighton and have been on snow ever since. When I was 10 I told my mom I wanted to snowboard, because it was obviously waaaay cooler than skiing (this was 1996) and I haven't looked back. At 18 I became a professional mountainboarder competing around the US and doing demos for groups like Nitro Circus. Finally in 2013 I decided I wanted to teach snowboarding and obtained an instructor postion at Brighton Resort and have been teaching all levels of riding since that time.
As an instructor not only do we cover the "how-to's" to riding, but also the most appropriate gear needed for each persons situation. Just because you are a first time rider doesn't mean you need the most expensive board with the highest ratings. It's all about "right-sizing" you to what your needs are in regards to your ability, preffered terrain, and budget.