I am not much a writer. 30 years old, so college was about 9 years ago for me. I was going to school at NMU. (northern Michigan university). So my home mountain was marquette. While marquette is a tiny little hill, they honestly do have a wicked park. So coming from IL, I didn't get to ski as much as some people.
My freshman year at school, I progressed the most I had ever in my entire life. Skiied over 100 days that winter. I went from bearly being able to do a 360's to backflips, 900's and corks. The first time I slid a hand rail, my skis came out from under me, and slammed stomach first onto the rail.
I ended up skiing with some really really good skiers the whole winter. I cant remember their names, but they were sooooo much better then me, and really pushed me to try new tricks. I remember the 1st time I landed a 360 mute over an actual real jump...40ft. I remember it like it was yesterday, I came in hot, worried that I would knuckle, hit the jump, popped, threw my knees up to my chest and grabbed my ski and spun, it was the first time that when I was spinning it felt like slow motion, instead of everything being a blur. Landed it like it was nothing. After that my confidence grew big time, and before I knew it I was hitting the BIGGEST jumps I had ever hit in my life. When the scared factor goes away, it really allows you to focus on what your actually doing....skiing. Being pushed like that from other skiers at the mountain really allowed me to progress. The scariest trick I ever tried, and have tried since, was a superman front flip off a 60 footer. I laid iit out, and went straight to my back, ended getting the wind knocked outa me so bad that I literately thought I was going to die for a few seconds. I remember trying to take breath in, and nothing was happening. VERY VERY SCARY. Best winter of my life, and really makes me wonder what I could have been capable of if I had made different life decisions that allowed me to spend more time on the mountain.
Moving to Colorado this winter, and while I am 30, I still feel I have a few years to actually throw down. I am hoping I can regain just a fraction of what I had learned years ago.