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I was lucky enough to grow up in the beautiful state of New Hampshire — a land of some very impressive ski resorts.

When I was 12, I moved to Pennsylvania, a land of hills and zero quality places to ski.

It was brutal.

When applying to colleges, I knew I would find the party wherever I went and that I would get a good education at most institutions. One thing that made the University of Colorado stand out was the opportunity to ski whenever I wanted.

Monday, I finally got to start my skiing career at Colorado.

The ride up was fantastic as the car twisted and turned through the mountains. When I looked out my window I saw massive rocky mountains with trees growing all along the rock formations. Add in a dash of snow and were talking about pure beauty.

I was even more struck by the nature when we hit a stretch where there was a creek alongside the mountains with snow on the edges. The drive really highlighted Colorado’s spectacular nature and reminded me what was outside of the bubble that is Boulder.

Depending on how you look at it, the drive can be a positive or a negative. It is two hours to the resorts worth going to, but once you get there, it makes it all worth it.

I was anxious to hit the slopes, and toward the end of the ride I was growing tired of sitting even though the scenery was so great.

However, once I finally arrived at Keystone, I quickly realized the long drive was a small price to pay for world class mountains.

Skiing on sheets of ice was expected when hitting the slopes in Pennsylvania, and I was glad to see some powder. As I got out of the car, snow was slowly coming down. I felt so lucky to be able to get away from the stresses of college and just spend a day outside skiing. It’s something that has always been a hobby of mine and I was glad to be back in a state that was known for its mountains.

The skiing at Keystone was brilliant and the difference between East Coast and West Coast skiing was evident. I had a blast and am looking forward to a great season.

Have a great last week before break.

CU freshman Alex Lasky’s Joining the Herd runs every Tuesday in the Colorado Daily.

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