Silverthorne Siblings: Meet Tieghan and Red Gerard

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Tieghan’s an award-winning food blogger. Red’s a world-class snowboarder. Their careers may be worlds apart, but they’ve got a lot in common: passion, for one, and their genes. They come from the same family (of nine!) and have called Silverthorne home since they moved from Cleveland to the mountains in 2007. Tieghan is fourth of the seven kids, at 23, and Red is sixth, at 16. Tieghan’s blog, Half Baked Harvest, has been honored by Better Homes and Gardens, Saveur Magazine, and Bloglovin’. Her first book, The Half Baked Harvest Cookbook, will be out this fall. She lives in a converted horse barn, where she experiments with new recipes, photographs her creations, and feeds her family. Red is a professional snowboarder and part of the U.S. Snowboarding pro-slopestyle team. He won gold at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics in slopestyle. He’s been snowboarding since age two and was a sponsored athlete by age 10.

According to Tieghan
As busy as I am, I make time every day to hike. There are so many awesome trails in and around Silverthorne. When we first moved here we purchased the book The Summit Hiker, which lists most of the trails in Summit County. Some of my favorites in Silverthorne are Acorn Creek, Columbine Hills, Rock Creek, and Boulder Lake. But my absolute favorite trail happens to be just outside my front door: Ptarmigan Trail has incredible views year-round.

I love our abundant sunshine and lack of rain. All of this combined with my morning hikes and amazing views are what I enjoy most about living in Colorado.

At Christmas, we have a huge group of our family here, with anywhere from 18 to 21 people packed into my parent’s house and my barn. A sleigh ride dinner (Nordic Sleigh Rides is our favorite) and a snowmobile trip from Vail Pass to Mangos in Red Cliff have become tradition. We usually take my little sister to see the Chocolate Village at Keystone Lodge and Spa, too.

Living simply, eating seasonally, and using whole foods whenever they’re available is my mantra. My recipes are inspired by the people and places I love most. I come from a family of nine, and a big family means BIG meals. In an effort to tame some of our mealtime chaos and get dinner on the table at a respectable hour, I began to help cooking. I soon realized how much I enjoyed it, and before I knew it, I had taken over cooking our meals full-time. I captured the process in photos and documented my best recipes, and that’s how Half Baked Harvest was born. You’ll find wholesome recipes made with real ingredients, from cozy comfort foods to healthy(ish) desserts, sprinkled with a few over-the-top creations. My hope is to inspire a love for food in others, as well as the courage to try something new.

Truthfully, when it comes to cooking, living here can be a bit of a challenge. Beyond the elevation challenges, we do not have access to a lot of food sources that bloggers in other large cities, like L.A. have. However, when Whole Foods moved up here it made things so much better. My Dad does all of the shopping for me, and he has relationships with all of the produce people at Whole Foods, City Market and Safeway. They’ll even call my dad when they get something special in, like Japanese eggplant or edible flowers.

The plus side of living up here is that I can do outside photo shoots in the summer and my cakes won’t melt!

According to Red

This year has been so full of travel and competitions that honestly, at this point in the season, I am a little burned out. My biggest competition achievement was getting first place at the Mammoth Grand Prix, which was the first of five Olympic Qualifiers for Pyeongchang 2018. I also reached the podium at a number of World Cups.

The last time I was “home” I never even left the Denver airport, my parents came down to see me. The time before that, I spent a night home before leaving for the X-Games. Fortunately, my entire family came to the X-Games in Aspen, and many of them came to Dew Tour in Breck, and the U.S. Open in Vail. I’m hoping for a little downtime at home in June.

The past couple of years, the U.S. Team’s early season camp has been here in Summit County, so I’ve been able to spend December at home. Being home for Christmas is a must in my big family.

Honestly, each mountain near Silverthorne has something different to offer. Besides having a great terrain park on the mountain, Copper has Woodward, which really helped me to develop a good sense of air awareness. I had so much fun going there as I was growing up. Park Lane is the smaller of Breck’s two parks, but opens first. Freeway is the larger park and doesn’t usually open until after the Dew Tour. Both are amazing terrain parks; people come from all over the world to train there. A-51, Keystone’s park, is awesome for rail riding.

One fun thing I look forward to is what has been dubbed, “The Red Gerard Invitational.” Last year it was held at Aspen, but this year it looks like it will be somewhere in Tahoe … thanks to all that snow. The event is backed by my sponsor, Mountain Dew, and is basically a chance for me to invite friends to film with me for next year’s part in the Transworld Snowboarding movie.

I mostly hang with my brothers when I am home. Silverthorne, has a great skate park, so that’s the first place we hit up. After that, our day would include a trip to Chipotle. I haven’t found any in Europe, Asia or Australia … yet. But Chipotle is my spot!   

Interviewed by Meredith Powlison