Prologue + Season One: I found my love for skiing in Vermont. I had tried skiing a couple times before, and didn’t think much of it. I worked at Sugarbush and got a free pass. I bought a used pair of beginner rentals, and afterwards it was history. I was a skier. I spent a lot of this year falling, but I didn’t care because I had so much fun getting better each day. I skied with friends who were better than me, but they were supportive of my learning and wanted to see me succeed.
Season Two + Season 3: After the first year of learning, I was ready to buy new gear. I prioritized my boots, worked with a boot fitter, and got paired with the Tecnica Cochise 85. Now that I had a boot that I felt confident on, I purchased a new ski setup as well. The Line Soulmate 86 was the perfect in between. There were times they challenged me, but mostly they gave me confidence and the ability to make progress. I became adventurous. I skied almost every weekend of the season, and sometimes more. This was the first year I tried: uphill travel, black diamond runs, skiing in 1ft + deep powder, mogul terrain, and BIG MOUNTAIN SKIING!
Out West Adventures: In my 2nd season, I won a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado. I was still a lower-level intermediate skier at the time, and had no clue what I was about to face. Well it was a trip that I will never forget. It made me love skiing even more. My third season, I went to Park City, Utah. I got to ski there with my friends, the same ones who saw me fall down and help me up many times. Winding through glades, skiing challenging steep terrain, and being able to share the entire experience with them was the most amazing feeling.
Epilogue: Each day I’m on the mountain, I try to pick one trail or a skill to work on that will push my limits just a bit further. However, I always make sure that I’m having fun ALWAYS. If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong! Cheers!