I recently went to Killington for opening day this past monday with one of my buddies. I am a full-time college student from Western-Mass and squeeze every bit of skiing I can out of the east coast. I have been a member of NS since 2009 but actually started commenting and contributing a lot this past year. Since this, I noticed that I no longer ski with myself or just my group, when I'm on the mountain I feel a part of a community that is like no other. I suffer from pretty brutal anxiety due to having a drug addict brother who has shadowed me my entire life. But when I'm on the mountain I feel free, I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders. I feel happy and its a feeling that I get only from skiing. I talk to every skier, old, park rat, back country, beginner, experienced, loud, shy. In my mind every skier is apart of NS and thats why I have the comfort to be myself on the mountain. NS helped me break through to another side of myself, I now know that I belong on the mountain, its my home, my dojo, my safe-place, and my playground. Skiing allows me to go where I want, when I want, and by my terms. Skiing is my release from anxiety, and I just wanted to thank the community of Newschoolers for helping me conquer it, and helping find out what I truly enjoy in life.
-Thanks NS for always being hilarious when I'm down
-Thanks NS for the most epic skiing footage found anywhere on the inter web
-Thanks NS for creating people like FRY who come up with most insane responses that crack me up
-Thanks NS for allowing normal kids like me to connect with pros & companies who we would never talk to in our entire lives but do through NS
Thank you NS