Name: Vanessa Aadland
Home Resort: Alpental
Currently Reside: Truckee
Sponsors: Evo, Surface, POW gloves, Smith, Rime Knits, Strafe Outerwear, Spacecraft, Soul Ryders Productions.
Favorite Color: Turquoise
Favorite Food: apples, cereal, sushi, avocados, spinach…
Favorite TV Show: Flight of the Concords!
What are your goals for this season?
My goals are something along the lines of:
1. have a LOT of fun
2. ski pow
3. with rad people
4. in cool places
I’m taking a step away from competing this season and a big step towards filming. It’s a whole new challenge and I’m LOVING IT! Last year I went to India with Soul Ryders this year Europe, Japan, and Silverton… depending on snow.
Tell me about your skiing background.
- I grew up in a ski family. We would go on ski road trips in our Euro van, sleeping in parking lots and hostels. Both my parents get after it, shredding and mountaineering on Tele’s and Alpine, I’m pretty sure they love skiing more then I do. Growing up, my ski partners included my parents, my two brothers and my dad’s crazy telemark friends. Unlike most young skiers, I never took a lesson, I never raced, and I never skied park. I just chased the people having the most fun at a steep little resort in Washington called Alpental.
You recently spent a lot of time in Central America. Was it to take a time out from skiing? Tell me about your travels down there and what you learned, both about the culture and about yourself.
Instead of going to the southern hemispher in search of snow in the summer, my feet needed to be free’d from ski boots and play in the sand. The majority of my friends in Costa Rica had never even seen snow and many had never left their country. The tiny town I lived in was stunning but not the easiest place to live. I was broke %100 percent of the time, finding a job and a good place to live was tricky, and I was humbled to the floor learning how to surf. I did do a Yoga Teacher Training while I was there and was soon teaching my friends and surfers coming through town. It was such an amazing experience! I’d say over all Costa Rica really yanked me out of my comfort zone, but I made life long friends, learned the strength of the ocean and the beauty of an extremely simple life.
Aside from being a skier, who is Vanessa Aadland?
- I’d say I’m a bit off the wall, but I work hard. I do my best to stay positive, things hardly go as planed so the more you learn to go with it, the more fun you can have. I just want to meet everyone, dance a lot, have a beer and moon people.
After doing a BN of Mt. Superior in Little Cottonwood Canyon last winter, you got a lot of media exposure. Most of it was super positive, but some of it was down right ridiculously obnoxious. How have you dealt with the exposure?
- Skiing naked is just a trilling, goofy thing to do and thats why I like it. Life’s too short to care about someone thinking you’re weird or crazy. I just want to have fun while I’m here because you just never know how long you or your homies got.
My Mom and Dad. My brothers Nick and Tony. Shane, Flyin Ryan, Jim Jack, Sarah, Jamie P., Jake, CR, THANK YOU for inspiring me to throw my ego into the sea, figure out what it is I want, and give’r hell.
In one sentence, why do you love skiing?
Skiing gives me wings!
I’m glad this is the last question cause I’m going skiing!
interview by Julie Weinberger