“Work hard, play hard and live life to the fullest!”
Whether it’s sending it off-piste in the Tahoe backcountry or framing houses in the offseason, Josh Daiek hammers. This Detroit, Michigan native brings a joy and grittiness to his skiing that electrifies and inspires those around him. After a childhood of hitting rails and building backyard kickers during the long cold Michigan winters, Josh moved to South Lake Tahoe in 2005 straight out of high school to follow his dream. It was in South Lake Tahoe’s winter terrain wonderland that Josh’s natural gift for flying on skis bloomed. In 2011 Josh became a household name at his home mountain, Kirkwood, after winning the Freeski World Tour event there. A year later, in 2012, Josh took overall first place, with the best season-long performance at FWT. Lately, Josh has been pushing himself in the backcountry, linking multiple big lines together in a single day. He recently completed a 12 hour epic adventure aptly named the Tahoe Ten in which he and some buddies skied 10,000 feet of vertical over the course of a 21 mile ski tour!
Josh Daiek By The Numbers
Skiing offers me the truest feeling of freedom. When in the mountains - hiking, skiing, and exploring - I find myself 100% emersed in the moment. It's an amazing feeling to be in such a state of focus and clarity.
Most Humbling Moment
Being injured. Over the years I've taken my fair share of licks. When you're constantly pushing yourself and living at a fast pace, it's very humbling to get smacked down and have to sit on the sideline. These experiences have also taught me important lessons in life; to be patient, to be strong, to work harder, to train harder, to make smarter decisions, and to be humble.