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Just Another Skier
Every Ski Area seems to have an unknown skier who’s influence in that region or area extends to mythical proportions. Dan Armbruster is a name that few skiers outside of Snowmass Terrain Park will ever recognize. Skiers like Aidan Sheahan and Companies like LINE SKIS remember when Dan was considered one of the most innovative up and coming young skiers in the sport. A broken kneecap proved devastating to his competitive skiing career, but Dan is still out there today having more fun than ever. HIGHEST REGION caught up with Dan at Powderhorn Mountain in Western Colorado for a great day of skiing and chairlift conversation.
Armbruster is still shredding with his unique style. He has happily accepted that he is “Just Another Skier.” But, Aidan Sheahan will tell you that Dan’s rail riding had more influence on his personal style than any other skier. “Dan was completely ‘out of the box’ and original,” say’s Sheahan. “The stuff he was doing with his edges was crazy. There were other guys doing similar stuff in videos, but Dan was accessible and skiing with me.” Geoff Stump was coaching the Snowmass Freeride Team during the Dan Armbruster era. “That was an amazing time. We had many great athletes skiing Snowmass. Peter Olenick, Steele Spence, Charlie Lasser and a young Torin Yater-Wallace amongst others. Dan had many skiers better than him to look up too. But, he was the leader in wild, creative grabs and rails. He would try stuff that really wasn’t a good idea for anyone else.” His creativity caught the eye of the local LINE rep and they became his one and only ski sponsor. The LINE rep would bring Dan to other areas to talk about the skis. Dan was always friendly and approachable to skiers interested in the product. Now he has no sponsor, no ski team and no competitive aspirations. For Dan, this type of shredding is totally cool. He will play down his innovative tricks and big up his main influence, Charles Gagnier. But make no mistake, Aidan Sheahan will tell you that Dan Armbruster is still an inspiration on the rails and according to Aidan, “it’s harder to be creative than to huck a dub twelve.”