My name is Fritz Sperry. I began skiing at about 4 or 5 at Bellayre Mtn in New York. I skied on and off every winter in the Catskills until moving to New Hampshire when I was 15 to attend White Mountain School. I skied as many days as I could at Cannon Mountain and got my first taste of backcountry skiing on the closed slopes of Mittersil and on the Tucker Brook Trail. Then an epiphany happened when I went to Tuckermans Ravine at Mount Washington.
After 3 years working in the music industry, fresh out of high school, I moved to Breckenridge. I did some competitions in the bumps and the steeps and moved on a few years later to Crested Butte. Seriously it’s the most beautiful town in America. The Elks truly inspire. Everyone that loves mountains should check this place out. I ended up breaking my self up pretty good and moved back to NYC for a while where I turned my focus to being a chef. Travels took me back to Denver for a spell and then on to St Louis. It was here that my 1st child was born. We returned to Colorado after 4 painful years away from the mountains and had another son.
Now entering my 31st season of backcountry skiing, I’ve really begun to sharpen my focus as far as the goals I want to achieve. I’m currently working on another skiing guide book, my fourth and it will complete the Front Range Trilogy as well as highlight some choice lines around the state. This follows my first guidebook Makingturns in the Tenmile-Mosquito Range and my second book MakingTurns in Colorado Front Range Volume 1: South of Interstate 70 and the third MakingTurns in Colorado Front Range Volume 2: North of Interstate 70. I’m also looking forward to expanding my range a little with adventures abroad. One of the goals that i’m bringing to the forefront will be yearly expeditions to the greater ranges. Stay tuned for these trips as they develop. Also hoping to get out to California this spring to attempt the remaining 14ers. I also enjoy writing a monthly column and gear reviews for the Summit Daily News.
I now live in Summit County when I’m not living in my truck and try and get out as much as I can. My older son has already started skiing and is becoming a little ripper. My little one is starting to get the hang of it as well
Enjoy and happy travels. Be safe and always remember that you need to come home after every trip. Hopefully I’ll see you out there.