Thought it would be cool to see how skiing has influenced people through the years. So here ya go,
Skiing has come full circle for me I think. from age 8-12 it was just fun. didn't matter what you wore, what conditions were like that day or what skis you were on. Skiing was pure joy.
From 13-15 I started thinking "hey, I'm the shit at this skiing thing" Fashon was god. If you din't have a bandana (same as tall-t back then) hanging from your pants you didn't show your face in the park. we used to drive for hours to get to slopestyles and rail-jams all over the nw and we all thought we would be pro one day.
17-18 were some good years. My brother and I would drive all day to go ski somewhere sick and have no idea where we were going to sleep while we were there. I met so many cool peaple in and around the ski industry during those years and it's crazy to see where so many of them are today.
19-20 sound's like where alot of you guys are at right now. I had to come to grips with the fact that I wasn't going to get paid to ski for the rest of my life. Honestly I was so depressed after the last comp I entered that year I went back to the hotel, sat down on the bed and realized, shit, this isn't even fun anymore. I decided it was time to take a break. And I din't ski for the next 4 years.
24-26 I got married at 23, got a good job and was just living my life. I remember late one night sitting on my couch pretty depressed and deciding to put in a pbp's reasons dvd that my brother had left at my house. I was watching Jp and chris benchetler's part and they were talking about not caring about filmers and just skiing deep pow and swear to god I started to cry. I missed it so much I went out and bought some ep pro's, got 2 season passes and started shredding as much as i could. Now I'm 26, have a steady income, a girl that loves me and I ski 2-3 days every week. I honestly feel just like back when I was 12 years old when skiing was 100% fun. I doubt anyone has even read this far but if you did I just want people to know that the skiing I get to do now, with no comps, no fashon police and no stress, I would't trade for anything. Peace