Michael "Bird" Shaffer
Nicknames? Bird, though I wish to be Dolphin Boy.
Where did you grow up & where did you grow up skiing? In the wilds of Washington.
Current Home Mountain? Deep Star Six Near the Canadian border/ and Stevens Pass
What was your first job? Planting trees
Current favorite piece/pieces of gear? Why?
Black Crows Corvus Free Bird Ski- It's my one ski quiver for the backcountry designed for its versatility and its super pink so I am more approachable. Norrona - some of the best technical and most 'stylie' outerwear out there. Designed for any mountain adventure and more importantly with the environment in mind, using recycled materials which makes me feel good about the clothes I choose to wear out there!
What’s your “Back in my day, we…”?
Back in the day, we were fortunate to survive. Living the extreme lifestyle in Chamonix is finding out where the boundary lies.
Who has inspired your skiing the most?
My older friends were my heros. I would follow them around shredding the 'loup loup', or hiking all day for 10 pow turns. I'm so happy for that face shot we found. Scottt Schmidt early on, Remy Lecluse of Chamonix.
Best recovery exercises?
Acro Partner Yoga
Ideal down day?
Getting up and realizing it's puking so hard that I dont have to go and can relax for the day. So I can get some other stuff done and prepare for the next one.
Favorite on-mountain fuel/snack?
Kind vegan cookies man- OR Coconut Oil mixed with pure maple surap.
Spiciest/most intimidating line you've skied or ridden this year?
North Face Aguille du Midi - Frendo Solo exit with speed wing.
Goals in skiing/riding this next year?
Enjoy the journey, realizing all the moments matter and we are apart of it. Oh, and skiing big mountains using the speed wing to exit where close out lines exist.
What’s a great book you’ve read recently?
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Did you say my favorite? Most recent I dont know, I am reading all the time to fly in the story instead of my mind.
Favorite mountain range?
Washington Cascades / Mont Blanc Chamonix
Working title for the book or movie about your life?
Best moment filming with WME this year?
Following in the footsteps of Warren Miller and recreating some of the scenes he shot back in the day in Chamonix. Skiing powder on a perfect day at Grand Montet with Camille, not to mention the electro party that evening.
How did Warren Miller the man influence your skiing/riding career?
Since I was a little kid, I think Warren had the biggest influence on our small town of skiers. That he could travel around and make a life out of skiing, sharing and inspiring people. This set an imprint in my brain to do the same and here I am fortunate to be doing a little inspiring myself.