“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” – John Muir
And I Must Go
When people ask me what I’ve been doing in Montana for the past 7 months, my reply usually starts and ends with “I go skiing every weekend in the most unreal mountains I have ever seen.” Of course that is not the only thing we do at Chrysalis, but to me, it is probably the most important. I’ve gotten through every week this winter remembering that in just a few days, I get to go back out there to Big Mountain, strap on my board once again, and just shred. Regardless of any arguments, clashing personalities, or pounds of homework handed out by our teachers, as soon as we leave the Outpost at the base of the mountain and get up on Chair 6, all that stress fades away, and I see it in everyone.
The Mountain Makes us Feel Accomplished
It’s been amazing to see how the ski season has rolled out. Girls have come from all different backgrounds of experience. Whether they’ve been shredding since they were six, or have never touched snow a day in their life, everyone went in with a positive attitude, and I have yet to hear a single person say they did not have a fun season skiing. As spring rolls around and it is time to pack away the heavy jackets, and break out our sunglasses and hiking boots, I feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. I have seen myself, as well as everybody I skied with this season improve an extraordinary amount, and it is incredible to see how everyone has grown and matured through the process. I hope that we carry that pride with us into the spring.
-Current Chrysalis student