I am California girl at heart and was born in Tuolumne, CA, just North of Yosemite National Park. As a child I fancied anything soccer—Pelé, sprints, and a grassy field in the middle of nowhere with two goal posts. Or anything found in a book. Snow and the mountains were living on the periphery. It wasn’t until my college years, spent in Berkeley, CA, that I discovered skiing and the life that would bring friends, adventures, and challenge. In other words, skiing brought life, and I don’t venture into thinking about where I’d be without it.