Forrest Shearer

Salt Lake City, Utah

There’s snowboarding, and there’s backcountry snowboarding – which is the only way Forrest Shearer will have it. It’s the freedom part of the bargain that sends him out at 3 AM to hike up Wasatch mountain faces before conditions are too warm. Despite his extensive list of accomplishments, one thing still outstanding is to hunt for his own food. But that shouldn’t be long now.
Where is your favourite place to snowboard?
Give me a place that’s lesser known with no people and I’m happier than a pig in shit. These days conditions don’t have to be perfect. I just enjoy being in the mountains and the ocean. The Wasatch Mountains in Utah, Sierras in California, and anywhere in Alaska also comes to mind.
How do you up your game year after year?


You are what you eat. I try to stay healthy and happy. Eating local and visit with family and friends often to keep me grounded.


What haven’t you accomplished that you aspire to do in your lifetime?


Hunt for my own food.


What part of you, or what you do, reflects a spirit of restlessness?


A nomadic lifestyle brought about by my snowboarding career and surfing from a young age. Twist my arm and I’m out the door, ready for the next trip. I’m a sucker for a good adventure.


What sound or noise do you love?


Anything that has to do with weather and storms.


What would be your day job if you weren’t doing what you currently doing


Avalanche forecaster.


If you could bring anybody in the world with you to do what you love (dead or alive), who would it be?


Dali Lama for constant enlightenment.