Raoul Max Trujillo, aka Raoul Maximiano Trujillo de Chauvelon was born in Northern New Mexico. He is a mixed blood descendant of Ute,Apache,Comanche, Pueblo, Tlascalan, French, Sephardic Jew and Andalusian Moor. After high school, he spent three years serving in the military in Germany. After his discharge, he worked as an alpine ski instructor in Taos, New Mexico. Ski Flash Magazine out of France wrote about him and his unique style of teaching skiing.