It’s been awhile since I got out of my safety bubble. It’s not that I don’t scare myself on skis, I ski exposed lines where my heart is in my throat, or climb scary routes, but none of these require air awareness. It’s a skill I’ve always lacked. Back in the days of skiing half-pipe, I watched my friends and fellow competitors gracefully spin and twist through the air, just before I’d catch and edge and land face first in the bottom on the pipe. Those aren’t my proudest memories.
The UOP was my chance to put myself back out there, whiplash and all, to jump, flip, and spin again. I wanted get my confidence back with tricks I haven’t attempted in at least three years. While I may not be sending backflips the very first of the season, I’m excited to get out there and jump again this year!
Thanks to Mountain Athlete for sending the freeride team to the UOP! I’m a technical person, and the guidance of a coach is invaluable to my progress!