Chris Stearns skiing adventures.
Montclair resident Chris Stearns is a local fine cabinet maker who works closely with the Quakers in Pennsylvania to build high end furniture and cabinets, but has one breathtaking hobby: skiing.Stearns has been a Montclair resident since the late 70’s but grew up in New Hampshire close to the mountains and the outdoors. “I really like New Jersey and Montclair and it’s proximity to the city and especially it’s diversity of human nature,” said Stearns. “But, I still have a constant need to be out of doors and especially in the mountains.”
Stearns has been skiing since 1961 when he was three years old. “We had an instructor from Austria who took skiing very seriously and we had no lift,” said Stearns. “We had to hike first and make the trail by packing it down with our skis. Then, my dad helped to build Tenney Mountain Ski Area, about three miles outside of town. Then, I was hooked on skiing. At first, it was just a rope tow, then t-bar and probably by the time I was 10 or 11, there was a chair lift. it was a great place but they are out of business now.”
When he’s not climbing mountains, Stearns work on residential design and remodeling. He has been running a business in Montclair now for 25 years with Chris Stearns Design Build. He also works with another company called The Amish Woodworking Company, where they build bookcases, furniture and other pieces. Stearns does the drawings and his Amish friends build the pieces.
Chris Stearns loves hiking and skiing, he does advise against the dangers to watch out for. According to Stearns, on Mount Washington, there are cliffs and ice falls. “You have to always know where you are and have visual references because it is so steep at the top that you really can’t see where your next turn is until you are making it,” advised Stearns. “There is also water running beneath the snow at this time of year and you have to watch out for that also, especially as you ski the last two and half miles out of the ravine and back into the tree line.”
Skiing and mountain climbing is a dangerous, exhilarating hobby, but all participants are advised to do their research before getting started!