Eliot is an aspiring fiction novelist, but he pays the bills as a lawyer and hopes you won't hold that against him. Next winter will be Eliot's fifth season as a PSIA-AASI Level I snowboard instructor, and perhaps the year he finally wins glory as an amateur boardercross racer. Despite spending his youth on skis, Eliot eventually embraced the Dark Side in college when he picked up a snowboard and never looked back. A Chicago native, Eliot promptly started burning all of his vacation time traveling by planes, trains, and automobiles in search of "the goods."
During his nearly 20 year adventure of chasing snow across the US, Canada, Japan, and Scandinavia, Eliot managed to pick up a few tips and tricks, made even more mistakes, and collected a story or two that he's always happy to share with others to help them create their own incredible experiences.
Favorite Resort / Trail:
Toss up between Happo-One (Hakuba Valley, Japan) and Breckenridge
Goals for the Season:
Achieve backcountry certification
Most Days in a Season:
Too hard to count
The Recreational Rider's Guide to Buying a Snowboard
"SO WHICH BOARD SHOULD I BUY?" As a snowboarding instructor, it's a question I hear all the time. In this guide, Eliot covers the basics and shares his top tips for buying the right board.
The Complete Guide to Skiing from Chicago
Our regional guide has suggestions for the best day trips, weekend trips, and even the top destination trips from Chicago. Jam-packed with pricing info, insider tips, and lists of pros and cons and direct flight listings. Explore Wilmot or Alpine Valley, with more time, head to the Wisconsin Dells for Devil's Head and Cascade Mountain, or go further to Chestnut Mountain or Granite Peak.