Freedom Found

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You may have heard that the ski world lost two pioneers recently, Joe Brooks Dodge Jr. and Warren Miller. Dodge grew up in the shadow of New Hampshire's Mt. Washington and laid first tracks on many of its most famous runs, including Dodge's Drop, a rock-lined 50 degree couloir near Tuckerman Ravine. Dodge inspired countless skiers with his adventures, among them, one John Egan, who went on to claim first tracks of his own in mountain ranges around the world.

Dodge in Tuckerman Ravine. Back in the day, Egan and WME Director of Photography Tom Day skied Dodge's Drop for the first time together. 

Egan on Stein's a few weeks ago.

John caught Miller's eye in the 1980s, when he was ski bumming at Sugarbush. Miller's films are a big inspiration for skiers and riders, and his legacy is integral to snow culture. Egan shared, "I lost a friend, but the ski world lost its biggest promoter." 

Warren taught us how to love skiing.

I still look forward to the movie tour every fall and the excitement Miller's movies bring. From big mountain intensity to bottom of the mountain beginner experiences, he loved it all and it showed. 

“Gravity is love and every turn is a leap of faith.” Warren Miller. Taking a leap of faith at the USASA Rail Jam at Mt. Ellen last weekend. 

“If I ask any­body who learned to ski after the age of five, they can remem­ber their first day of skiing-what the weather was like, who they went with, what they had for lunch. I believe that's because that first day on skis was the first day of total free­dom in their life.” Warren Miller

Freedom found.

I remember every high and low of the day I learned to ski and that fresh feeling of freedom. Surrendering to gravity's flow and the snow's silky slither, I was forever changed. 

Cool corduroy this morning on First Time. The groomers are refreshing the mountain daily.

Beyond the skiing, Warren also helped me fall in love with photography and videography. The imagery he helped create is a masterclass in how to use a camera.

The gunpowder is light and soft today.

Thank you, snowmakers!

We hope you caught the Telemark World Cup races last week.

USSA Mogul Comp on Elbow last Saturday.

"Adventure is the invitation to common people to become uncommon." Warren Miller

Our brief dry winterlude appears to be ending and snowy February waits in the wings. Remember why we love to ski and ride, and go make some turns for our pioneering predecessors. The reason we can see so far is because we stand on the shoulders of giants.

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange