Each month we will be showcasing interesting humans who are certain to inspire you. They are people across the United States who believe in living a full life, doing what they love, and each feels strongly about the many benefits of using hemp products. We are so excited to kick off this monthly blog series with someone who is incredibly interesting, inspiring and is a constant supporter of CAUSE+MEDIC. So without further ado, we would like to introduce you to Colorado native, Mark Morris - professional skier, musician, outdoor enthusiast, and all around awesome dude.
Name: Mark Morris
Current Title: Soul Skier
Education: Degree in Music Business / University of Colorado
C+M: Let’s start from the beginning. How did you get into skiing? And what is it about skiing that keeps you so hooked?
MM: I started skiing about the same time I was learning to walk, early age 2. I started racing in elementary school and went on my first helicopter backcountry skiing assignment at age 12 in Valdez, AK. It was then I started focusing on freeskiing and left the racing world. Powder, friendship and accepting the unknown keeps me hooked!
C+M: What business or career moves lead you to the role you're currently in?
MM: Joining Scarpa, Flylow, and Icelantic have landed me in the role I am currently in. Without the support of those companies, I wouldn't be able to ski professionally.
C+M: If you had to identify one major rule to live life by, what would it be?
MM: Accept the unknown - anything is possible.
C+M: What else do you do when you're not skiing?
MM: I love to play my guitar! I also love writing songs.
C+M: We hear you often do multiple ski runs and/or competitions in one day, how do you keep your energy up and fight any physical discomfort that may come with that?
MM: Hydration and fitness. I like to trail run during the off-season to make sure I can handle the physical demands of the long days when it matters.
C+M: Can you tell us about your experiences as a musician and how you found that passion?
MM: I started playing music when I was 10 years old. My mother really urged that I play the piano, but I gravitated towards the guitar because my father had an old Martin guitar that I was attracted to. Brother Timmy played the mandolin, and sister Sarah sang most of the songs so we would sing and play as a family growing up.
I found my ultimate passion for music during 9th grade, however, while riding on the high school football bus to Buena Vista for a playoff game. I was only about 100 pounds at the time, so I didn't play in the game but rather sat on the sidelines with my mother’s Walkman portable tape player. I had a tape of the David Grisman Quintet. While the game played I listened to the tape over and over and on the way home I kept rewinding the tape to a song called "Ricochet". That song and that moment truly changed the trajectory of my life that included music as a priority.
C+M: Is there anyone in particular who helps uplift and motivate you?
MM: My loving wife, Melissa.
C+M: As a professional skier, your body can take a lot of damage during the day. Is there anything in particular that you use to combat joint/muscle pain?
MM: CBD helps a great deal.
C+M: What are some differences you notice about your body when you are using C+M products?
MM: I notice a drastic decline in pain and a much faster recovery time.
C+M: Which C+M product is your favorite and why?
MM: My favorite product is the CBD infused body butter.
C+M: There are so many CBD infused products on the market - why do you choose CAUSE + MEDIC?
MM: I choose Cause Medic because they create a greener, more sustainable product.
Photos Courtesy of Mark Morris - via Instagram @lonesomepony