Forrest grew up in the mountains and is the product of a life spent in the outdoors. Raised in the mountains of Northern California in the town of Mount Shasta. With a ski resort fifteen minutes from his home and parents that worked at the resort, it was natural that Forrest took to skiing at an early age. Forrest's early focus in skiing was geared towards ski racing. While on a college spring break road trip, Forrest was introduced to backcountry skiing. This experience opened his eyes and changed the way he would look at the mountains forever. His new outlook on the sport induced a passion for big mountain riding and ski mountaineering.