Pro Skier Vanessa Aadland 2010-2011 Season Recap - A Pro Ski Bum's Season Recap

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  • (1888PressRelease) May 20, 2011 - Phoenix, AZ - It's May 9th, Vanessa Aadland, professional skier and pro ski bum, is curled up in her sheets watching it rain galore on Salt Lake City, which means, it's snowing up canyon adding on to the record breaking snow pack in the Wasatch. Looking back at her season she immediately recalls a roller coaster of events. Hmm, whats new in the life of this pro ski bum? Vanessa's season was packed to the brim with unexpected road trips, hangovers, bear hugs, bad jokes, tremendous heart breaks, pain, an array of different couches and floors, down days and days the sun. When asked about her season, Vanessa said, "there was much lost and more gained and as usual, I am overwhelmingly grateful for every second of it."

    "I suppose my season started in August in Chile where I placed 6th in the first stop of the Freeskiing World Tour. Fall rolled around in SLC and winter didn't want to wait dropping some epic storms opening Alta with an awesome base. It was only the 2nd day Alta was open I broke vertebrae T 11 attempting a back flip, hence the "tremendous heart break." I spent only about 3 weeks on the couch, decided I wasn't hurt anymore and stubbornly skied groomers until the comp in Revelstoke arrived", continued Vanessa about the season.

    Next on the list, Vanessa struggled to get her strength and confidence back as she skied lightly around Little Cottonwood Canyon. She met, who would become one of her close friends, Nat Segal, who started to push her and get her to jump off cliffs again. The two of them took a fun trip to Kirkwood where the ups and downs only got bigger. They both qualified but fell in semi finals where our friend Ryan Hawks also crashed. A day after Ryan was air lifted to a hospital he died. The ski community was stunned. When asked about the loss of Ryan, Vanessa said, "I didn't want to believe it for a long time but eventually it hit home and I felt squashed with the harshness of reality."

    Powder week in Jackson Hole was a good get away for Vanessa and freed her from some built up frustration. In Jackson Hole, Vanessa skied some great snow with close friends and confirmed that, in fact, life is beautiful and good. After arriving back in Salt Lake, the Bird competition was on, which is every SLC native's favorite event, where Vanessa placed 9th. While not the best finish in her career, the Bird comp showed that Vanessa's back could withstand skiing at competitive levels and lifted her confidence, just in time for one more competition ...ALASKA.

    When asked about her trip up to Alaska, Aadland said, "I finally made it up to Alaska, my dream for many years. Although the competition (World Extreme Skiing Championships) never happened I made the best of it, met some funny locals, went ice climbing, slept in random RV's and snow caves and best of all, went blue bird, Heli skiing in blower Alaskan Pow!"

    To wrap up her season, Vanessa switched ski companies from Fat-ypus Skis to Surface Skis. "I had a great go with Fat-ypus, I only have positive things to say about that company. As my first sponsor ever they believed in me and encouraged me through my ridiculous amount of injuries, created a women's ski (named after me) called the V-rock, gave me full page ad's in Freeskier, and made an awesome poster of my ad.", said Aadland of her move. In skiing, as in life, all things come to an end and Vanessa is as stoked as ever to work with the fast growing ski company in Surface.

    In true ski bum spirit, Vanessa has booked a 1-way airline ticket half way across the world to Wanaka, New Zealand. When asked about her trip to New Zealand and future plans, Vanessa stated, "I plan to spend their winter skiing, working, partying, surfing, bungee jumping, and whatever else those crazy Kiwis talk me in to. Then, who knows! I've always wanted to go deep water soloing in Thailand. Plans first, the rest will follow (like they always do).

    Vanessa Sends Out Special Thanks to her sponsors for helping her maintain the Ski Bum lifestyle that she is accustomed to: Surface Skis, Causwell, Skullcandy, Smith Optics, Rime Knit Beanies, Toaster Shades, Joy Stick, Outdoor Technology, Snowbird, Alta, Evo Gear, Isotonix,, and

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