About Alaina Johnson

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Lives In Austin, Texas

Role Ski Writer

Expertise Beginner to Intermediate


Alaina began skiing in her early 20s and quickly fell in love with the sport. Colorado has provided multiple opportunities for majestic views and beginner to intermediate slopes for her to practice her skills. Everyone has to begin somewhere and Alaina loves to share her experience with others interested in the sport as a winter pastime. When she's not exploring the snowy mountainside, you can find her working from a local coffee shop or taking road trips across the United States.


What First Sparked Your Interest In Skiing and How Did You Get Into It?

I'm an avid proponent of getting outdoors, regardless of the season. My favorite outdoor activity is hiking, whether it's in the sweltering Texas heat or it's a snowy day somewhere up north. I was introduced to ski culture on a trip to Colorado and I was immediately intrigued. It wasn't for another couple of years that I got to try it myself and I was immediately hooked. I love downhill and cross-country skiing.

What Is Your Favorite Type of Terrain to Ski On and Why?

I've had the most experience with groomed slopes, so I'd have to say that's where my preference lies. I've watched other (more experienced!) skiers on the fresh powder runs and I'd definitely want to try that terrain one day as well.

What Has Been Your Most Memorable Skiing Experience and Why?

My most memorable ski experience was probably the very first time I put on ski boots and headed to the hill. It was after Christmas and my family and I decided to hop in the car and drive to Colorado for a week. Some of us had been skiing before but decades had passed since the last time and my cousin had never tried it before either. There was a lot of falling over and laughing, which left me a bit sore the next day but the memories were priceless.

What Is Your Favorite Ski Resort and Why?

I don't have a wide range of experience at different ski resorts but so far, I've enjoyed Vail Mountain Resort in Colorado and Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico. If the opportunity arises, I'd love to ski some resorts on the East Coast within the next few years. There are also many more Colorado resorts I'd want to visit on upcoming trips, though Vail seems pretty hard to beat in my opinion. The views were spectacular and the trails were well-groomed. I also really enjoyed spending time in the town of Vail and exploring the many shops and restaurants.

What Is Your Go-To Ski Gear and Why Do You Love It?

I've mainly collected some hand-me-down gear and a few rental items when I get to the resort. Since I don't live close to a mountain, I haven't prioritized investing in my own gear quite yet. I ski once or twice a season. If I find myself moving to Colorado in the future, I would start buying gear as this would be most cost-effective in the long run. So far, I've enjoyed staying warm in my Patagonia base layers and the many pairs of Merino Wool socks I've received for Christmas.

Do You Have Any Ski-Related Goals or Aspirations for the Future? If So, What Are They and How Do You Plan On Achieving Them?

I would like to continue spending time on the mountain and getting a solid foundation of skills built. I'd invest in a season ski pass if I found myself within a reasonable driving range of a ski slope. Overall, I just want to practice, have fun, and continue to meet new people on the slopes.

Do You Have Any Tips or Advice for New Skiers Looking to Improve Their Skills and Enjoy the Sport More?

The most important thing is to get as much skiing in as possible. I live in Texas, so there's certainly a lack of ski hills nearby. I have to plan accordingly and head to New Mexico or Colorado to brush up on my skills, which can be expensive and time-consuming. If you want to prioritize your skiing and you live in a warmer climate, plan your trips out and book in advance as much as you can. Invest in good gear, starting with good quality boots that fit your feet well and provide good support. Take lessons, or at least watch some instructional videos before hitting the slopes. And don't be afraid to fall, it's all part of the learning process. Lastly, the most integral thing for me (and I think for most casual skiers) is just to have fun and enjoy quality time with friends and family.

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