The Complete LIfe: ExtremeSkiingTVCarpenter Zack Giffin

Is balance overrated? Pro skier Zack Giffin thinks so, at least where skiing is concerned. Shunning the standard apartment or mortgage and day job, he built his own tiny house on wheels so he could spend more time with the things he loves: mountains and skiing them. This year, he's also co-hosting A&E's new show Tiny House Nation. We caught up with him to find out how he prioritizes his life—his answers might surprise you.

You don't have a 9-to-5 job. How would you describe what you do for a living?

I am an extreemskiingTVcarpenter.

No day is complete without: Taking time to enjoy it.

How do you balance your professional life with your own goals in the mountains?

Working as a professional has helped me justify to everyone in my life my determination to prioritize powder skiing. 

'Balance' is a popular word—and goal—for lots of people now. How do you try to keep balance in your life?

I'm lucky to have passions for many types of activities and occupations, but really I'm not interested in balance at this point in my life. I'm looking for highly disproportionate levels of pillow smashing, spine slashing and peak bagging.

How do you stay grounded with such an intense travel schedule?

I hope there will be a time in my life when the memories I'm creating now will give me answers to the questions of life.

What's your secret for making the most of every trip out into the mountains?

I look for a sense of accomplishment in places that are within my own control.