A Ski Enthusiast Was Born

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

My name is Adeline and I have been skiing since I was two years old. I grew up in Buffalo, New York, where it seems like winter lasts 90% of the year. I had to find a fun alternative to going to the mall and sitting at home. Up to an hour outside Buffalo, there are four ski resorts that range in both size and price. I spent the majority of my young ski career at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, New York. Holiday Valley is the largest ski resort outside of Western, New York. The mountain features 60 ski hills, high speed lifts, night skiing, affordable lodging, and discounts for college students with identification.

After "perfecting" the basics to like stopping and turning, I decided that I wanted to try ski racing. As a super competitive capricorn, I found great satisfaction in racing all of the other kids. Through this experience that I devoted eight years of my life to, I was able to explore various ski resorts in the United States. I was inspired to start ski racing from an early age because my dad is a competitive ski racer to this day. While, I enjoyed the thrill of racing, i grew tired from the constant traveling and decided to retire. I decided to take a different direction with my beloved snow sport and applied to be a ski race coach at a private resort. I spent four years coaching at HoliMont, located 5 minutes away from Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, New York. I enjoyed learning the fundamentals of leadership and working with children, for the most part. There were days where the 7 to 8 year olds I coached would push me to my limits, either by ambushing me with snowballs or demanding we have a funeral for a melted snowman, but I wouldn't trade my experience for the world.

Now, I am a junior at Penn State, studying Public Relations and I still actively compete on the Penn State Club Ski Racing Team. When I am not studying, I enjoy traveling with my teammates to various ski resorts, always on the search for varied terrain and an awesome time. I compete on the alpine racing team but Penn State also offers the awesome opportunity to test your skills in the freestyle competitions. College racing has way more relaxed atmosphere compared to racing in middle and high school. Mostly, I enjoy the fact that there's no typical ski moms or overbearing coaches. Racing in college has allowed me to reignite my passion for the sport as well as make many long-lasting friendships.

Here is a picture of myself climbing a giant snow mound at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY. https://www.holidayvalley.com/

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