X_ANKILLAGod gives us all our own special recipe in life. If you have the curiosity or the desire to become great at skiing, God put it in you purposefully.
Me personally, first time I went skiing was 12 years old with my church's boy scout group. And it turned out, as a first time skier, I could ski down the hill better than all the other kids in the boy scout troop. The most proud of myself I had ever felt in my entire life up until then. It was a talent I discovered. So my talent got me to pick up the sport, but the rest of my life growing up pushed me to pursue it.
Growing up I didn't like a lot of things about my life. My life felt utterly boring, stressful, predictable. It was just repeatedly School, Family, Church. And I didn't like any of that. Skiing became my get away. No stress, just fun, and the ability to get better and to become "cool."
As I grew up my life around me felt more and more hostile, confusing, and boring. So naturally I leaned more and more on skiing. I had the goal to learn 1 new thing everyday. If I did that I could feel good about myself. I hate feeling like I've done nothing, gotten no where new.
My ski friends in our crew Ankilla were all better and younger than me. Guenther Oka is 4 years younger than me, but he was throwing Dub 10s on a Jump I wouldn't even hit. BStorey was 2 years younger than me and on the same jump her was stomping Dub Backies. Every time I learned 1 new thing, they learned 3. They were born with more talent than me.
However, I'm the only one who still skis. Sure they can both still ski, and they do ski. But they don't pursue it anymore. Guenther is now a Redbull Wake Boarding Champ. Bstorey has just a normal jobs and skis here and there. So in the end, neither one of them is skiing in the mountains and doing Cork 9s any more. But I am.
The little physical talent I was born with coupled with my stressful boring childhood made me want skiing more than anything in life. So here I am. Still doing it. And now I can confidently say, Most days riding at Keystone, I am the best skier in the park. The only way I'm not the best skier in the park now is if I'm surrounded by pros or guys that grew up in ski academies with airbags & trampolines & coaches.
TLDR; If you want to get better, Love the chase of Skiing. Love the Competition, Love the Test of your Resilience & Creativity. Know that you are a skier because nothing would make you happier than to be skiing even harder in 5 years.
This is some real shit. Now, I may not be very good at skiing at all, but my first crew that I skied with the last (also the first) 5ish years that I’ve skied has dwindled to just me and one other person.
I still love skiing as much as I did the first day I skied when I was 12 and I haven’t had any signs of letting it go. The crew I skied with all seem burned out from it and are wayyy worse than me when I’m there.
luckily through skiing I’ve met so many people and have people who are as hype to ski as I am.
it’s crazy how people will come and go with anything in life but especially in skiing