Tele skis and view

Calling Utah home and more good news

Tele skis and view

When I first decided to learn to ski, I had no idea where it would lead.

Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. ~ Joseph Campbell

I love my new home state. From skiing to rock climbing, Utah worked its way into my heart over several visits and now I’m thankful to be a resident. After nearly six months in Salt Lake City, Utah, my transition has gone far better than I ever could have expected. Here is a short update…

Just eight months ago I didn’t know how to put on a pair of skis. All I knew was that I really wanted to try the sport. Brighton’s Snow Sports School was brave enough to offer to teach me, so I flew to Salt Lake City in January with a mission, to learn how to ski down a mountain without killing myself.

They did an amazing job. Not only did I survive, I went from somewhat terrified to having fun on blue runs. After my lessons concluded, I traveled to Idaho with Geigerrig Hydration Packs to play in the snow some more. I returned to Florida and the realization that my soul belonged in Utah. Out came the boxes, I’d found my new home.

After an over 2,000-mile drive with my sister and two cats, I moved into my cute, but very small, Salt Lake City place. I also arrived a stressed out, emotionally drained mess, which you may have read about in previous posts.

Not many of you know that I joined a company here soon after I moved. I’m the Chief Flight Instructor for AME High, an online pilot ground-school launching in a few weeks. In addition to other duties, I blog and host an aviation podcast with over 10,000 subscribers. My most recent episode featured a chat with Mike Kennedy of Airplane Repo. I can say without reservation, I love my job!

In the last few months, I also began writing for Liftopia and Visit Salt Lake in addition to my own blogs. My enthusiasm for the state has even resulted in one of my hiking articles being published in the Huffington Post.

I suppose you can say I’ve adjusted to my new home fairly well.

Now I have even more good news. I’ve just joined the blogging crew at Ski Utah. In this role I’ll provide travel advice and inspiration to visitors planning a ski vacation in Utah. Basically I’ll help people who are like I was just eight months ago. I’ll give them the inside scoop on resorts, lessons, gear rentals and all of the other amenities they could utilize while skiing in Utah. I’ll also try to inspire visitors with ideas for girl’s weekends, romantic getaways, family escapes and more. While I’ll focus a lot on skiing and snowboarding, I’ll also get into practical stuff like, how to have groceries delivered to your room or which resorts have childcare.Ski Utah Logo

So this all leads to a question… What would YOU like to know about skiing or snowboarding in Utah? Let me know and I may use your question in a post for the Ski Utah Blog.





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Comments 2

  1. I’m so happy for you Erika! It’s been less than a year since we met, and so much has happened in your life since then. When I think back on our numerous conversations in Florida I can’t help but feel tremendously proud of you! Good for you my friend!

  2. Erika- Sounds like a great place to relocate! I can hardly wait for my first ever trip to SLC next week. I’m planning on hiking around Mill Creek Canyon one day and to Cecret Lake on another. I wanted to get your thoughts on Antelope Island and it’s trails.

    Anyway, thanks for all your advice from my posts.


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