Haling from upstate New York, Rob LaPier didn’t start skiing until he was nine years old, but as soon as he did, it was apparent to everyone around him that he had found his niche. After a brief stint at a college in Vermont, his mom saw that his heart wasn’t in it and encouraged him to go where the mountains are bigger. Two weeks later, Rob was living in Breckenridge, CO and skiing every day.
He pursued skiing with full devotion and with as much talent as anyone, got onto the podium of a couple free ride world tour stops and by most accounts was on the verge of greatness. But with injuries and bad luck, the life of a pro skier eluded him. As a way of being able to work on skis and continue to chase his dreams, Rob took a job in Jackson, WY as a free ride ski coach and along the way, realized that helping kids chase their dreams was as rewarding as chasing his own. Today, Rob is the director of the Jackson Hole Freeride Ski program.