Ben has always had a love-hate relationship with skiing. He hated his first run, a 30 minute temper tantrum down Gunstock’s formidable Kitty Kat. Ever since his second run, he’s loved it. When he got yelled at in the local “Mountain Mashers” program for skiing too fast, he realized that racing might be a better fit. For the next 10 years Ben raced, first for the Gunstock Ski Club, later for Franconia Ski Club, and finally one year on the Dartmouth Ski Team.
Unfortunately for Ben’s racing career, powder skiing is fun. He started telemarking in high school during his free time and soon discovered backcountry skiing. For years his love of the backcountry and his love of ski racing conflicted, but after hearing a teammate complain about the how there was “too much new snow to train” during his freshman year at Dartmouth, Ben decided it was time to trade in the race boards for an AT setup.
Since then Ben has called Stowe home, extensively skiing Mt. Mansfield and the surrounding environs. With the occasional western trip and spring Presidential season, there has been more than enough skiing to keep his GPA from rising too high.
When not on the slopes, Ben is a physics and engineering double major at Dartmouth College, and plans to continue in this course of study after graduating in June 2010. He also enjoys rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and mountain biking to make the off-season pass more quickly.
Although Ben has been interested in photography for years, he only recently got a DSLR that allows him to practice more. He is excited to learn more from the more experienced photographers he skis with and looks forward to showing off their prowess on the other side of the lens.