I have loved going skiing every day since I was first introduced at the young age of two. I was a little girl, with big eyes and big dreams. During my childhood I would skip school every Friday in the winter with my family to travel up to Stratton, VT or to competitions elsewhere. I got started in the freestyle mogul program when I was about six, the same year I did my first competition @ Okemo, VT!
Through middle school and high school skiing was my “out”. I never had good grades, nor did I care to. When I was in class all I would think of was the next time I would ski. In ninth grade I am pretty sure I cried to my parents every single night to go to a boarding school in Steamboat, Colorado. At the time called The Lowell Whiteman School. In tenth grade, two weeks before the school year started, I applied. I interviewed, got in, and started packing up my life!
This experience shaped me into who I am today. I had to learn a lot on my own, forcing me to be independent and responsible.
I trained with the Steamboat Springs Winter sports club during my time in “the boat”. My coaches were hard on me and I can’t thank them enough for that. Having people hold you to a high standard is tough at first, and you hate it because you’re not used to it. But then, you realize that they have your best interest in mind and they’re only being hard on you because they care and they want you to grow as an athlete and an individual.
My journey in Steamboat is currently done with, but I depart with the happiest of memories and the best of friends. I believe I spent my crucial years there. I had my “phases”; boy clothes, drugs, dreadlocks, dyed hair and questioning who I wanted to be. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Without these experiences I wouldn’t know what the other side was like, and that didn’t sit right with me. I needed to test all the waters. This has allowed me to connect with people on all sorts of different levels and understand them and their background. I am fortunate to have been able to have those opportunities in high school and have a better understanding of the beautiful people and world we live in.
Keep your eyes open.