LIFE ENVYMay 11, 2013
Life Envy! What is it? Exactly what it says on the tin. You see sometimes people just get it so right with what they choose to do in life you just can’t help but feel little jealous. We’re not saying bitter, nor dismissive to those who do the great things, what we’re saying is we think it’s inspiring and down right cool. Such a wonderful life belongs to Nacho and Diana, attractive couple, California snowboard connoisseurs, and world wide travelers.
Living on Mammoth Mountain in CA, Nacho and Diana run a business for like minded people who want to get out in the world and go shred white stuff of freedom…(snow), taking teams of strangers, grouping them together, and then going on adventure to make new friends. It’s all about exploration and snowboarding you see, even sharing the slopes with the pro’s when to season is strong. But what makes these two so much more interesting is there passion for traveling to the corners of the Earth at every opportunity. Alas, they’ve got it so very right.
We heard all about them from a good friend at Urban Headquarters (re-touch wizard Kristina Jensen), and now we’re putting them on the blog just so we can all marvel at their inspiring lifestyle. Check out this interview Kristina hit up with the guys as well as some seriously tasty pictures from their travels…
K:California is a pretty awesome place! How did a Danish chic, and a dude form New Jersey end up in the mountains of sunny California?
D+N: Eh Yeah! You know, just an average of 300 sunny days per year, at least 400 inches of snow per winter season and the best snow parks in North America would have had something to do with why we’re here!
D: I went out to Mammoth to ski for the winter season, with a bunch of friends. And just had to come back season after season.
N: I came to work and to enjoy that California mountain air. And then I met Diana at Chair 4 while riding South Park in the 2005/06. And the rest is history!
K:So you are both ski/snowboard instructors? How’s that going for you?
N: I’m a snowboard coach for the Mammoth Snowboard Team, and get to have shitton of fun all day long!
D: I teach for the Ski/Snowboard School. It’s like being a kid all day, everyday and getting paid for it.
K: What’s your favourite trick?
N: It’s a simple trick but it’s always fun to do. I like Frontside 360’s off jumps but it has to be boned. But riding powder here in Mammoth is one of the best feelings!
D: Playing in the halfpipe still makes me happy all around!
K:You also run your own business, Mammoth Seasonaires. What’s that all about?
D+N: It’s been a lot fun running our business, Mammoth Seasonaires. Basically we help people from overseas to find housing here in Mammoth during the winter seasons. Whether you’re staying for 3 months or the entire season of 6 months, we eliminate the hassle for people being so far from Mammoth, looking for a place to spend the season. We provide free airport pickups/drop offs, help with getting your tourist visa, show you the best spots to go to, and take you on local fun adventures. Actually we just arrived from taking some of the Seasonaires to the natural hot springs right outside of town. Nothing beats watching the sunset behind the mountains followed by the full moon shine while sitting in a natural hot spring with friends. Dreamy!
K: So when there’s no snow, what do you do the rest of the year?
D+N: We enjoy travelling, road tripping , seeing as much of the world as we can and visiting friends and family who live far far away. It’s a hard life. Ha!
K: You travelled around the world last summer. Awesome! What was the craziest thing that happened to you?
D+N: Wow, that’s a tough one…..when you travelled around the world, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. But, zip lining through the jungle, sleeping in a tree house a couple hundred feet from the ground and waking up to Gibbon Monkeys singing in Laos was pretty freaking awesome.
K:What’s your favourite place you’ve been too so far?
D: I loved the culture, food and the people of Peru and Thailand. Definitely going back!
N: Hiking to the top of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro was an absolutely amazing experience, and roadtripping around Iceland was pretty rad as well.
K: So Nacho, rumour has it you’ve hiked from Mexico to Canada. Twice?! Is that true?
N: Yep, that is true. I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail that is a total of 2,700 miles from Mexico to Canada. It goes through the entire state of California, Oregon, and Washington. Actually, the first time I ever visited Mammoth, I walked from Mexico. The second was on the Continental Divide Trail the follows the Rocky Mountains for about 2,800 miles. That went through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.
K:Is ‘Nacho’ your real name?
N: Yep, next question.
K:You’re pretty snappy happy, and have taken some incredible shots! How many cameras have you got?
N: I have 6 cameras that I use. That also includes my Iphone. I’m a big fan of Instagram. I also participate in Lomography.com. It’s a place where you can share your analogue photography. I really enjoy taking photos whether it’s digital or film. Then I have about 40 more cameras from the 1920’s to 1960’s that I have displayed in our house.
K:D, you’re a long way from home. What do you miss the most?
D: It’s not easy to be far away from family, friends and all of the amazing Danish food. Pastries, fiske frikadeller, liquorice ect.
K: Los Angeles or Copenhagen on a hot summer day?
N: Since you put the word ‘hot’ in there, I would say Los Angeles because I could jump into the ocean.
D: Copenhagen, I would bike to the beach while eating ice cream.
K: Liquorice or jelly belly beans?
N: Definitely jelly belly’s, liquorice is gross!
D: Definitely liquorice, jelly belly’s are ok too.
K: What’s you next big adventure?
D+N: We haven’t been to Australia and New Zealand yet. Maybe go exploring there sometime soon. And who knows…..maybe have some little Nacho’s and Diana’s in the future.
K:One last thing, who’s Oliver & Yolo?
D+N: Oliver is our 1977 Volkswagen Camper Bus, it’s a beaut! Yolo is our 10 month old Mini Australian Shepherd, who is the coolest dog in the world.
K: Thanks for the Q & A dudes! Any last words?
D+N: Follow your dreams, help others, travel as much as possible, have fun and stay radical. Oh yeah, and high five a lot!
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