Editor Etta Meyer’s Skiing Pro Tips
Editor Etta Meyer’s Skiing Pro Tips
Hitting the slopes of Aspen for an afternoon ski session is all in a day’s work for Etta Meyer, Editor-in-Chief of Aspen Peak magazine. Here, she shares her pro tips and reveals the latest sports trend on the Colorado mountains…
My motivation mantra...
Get it done. Do your best. Get it done.
To me, embracing ambition means...
Remembering that no good work was ever made without encountering challenges, deadlines and a bit of fear.
My favorite part about living in the mountains...
Sunrise and sunset. I’m always chasing the light up or down the mountain at one point of the day. During ski season, when the days are shorter, the terrace at The Little Nell’s Ajax Tavern gets the longest late afternoon light before sunset (and un-coincidentally hosts the best après ski)...
Etta Meyer’s
Etta Meyer in Tory Sport’s Performance Merino Fair Isle Sweater, Fair Isle Merino Hat, Merino Long Scarf and Merino Tech Gloves; in top photo, wearing the Color-Block Packable Down Jacket, Fair Isle Merino Hat and Merino Tech Gloves, photographed in Aspen during first tracks, courtesy of The Little Nell, by Shawn O'Connor
I started skiing...
In 1989 as a Powder Panda in ski school at Buttermilk.
I challenge myself on the mountain by...
Last winter I starting skinning, which is when you apply synthetic “skins” to the bottom of your skis. The skins, plus a special type of boot and binding, allow you to glide/climb uphill. It’s not a new sport (the original skins were animal hides) but is recently all the rage in Aspen — all four mountains allow it right on the resort terrain. It’s a great workout with a built-in reward: When you reach the top, you pull the skins off and ski down!
The first time you strap on skis or a snowboard, my advice would be...
Keep your hands in front of you and point your skis downhill.
Etta Meyer’s & Fleece Jacket
Etta Meyer in the Sherpa Fleece Zip Jacket, Merino Wool Dickey, Banner Tear-Away Track Pants and Merino Tech Gloves, photographed in Aspen by Shawn O'Connor
And if you don't want to ski...
Aspen is surrounded by forest and wilderness. I suggest hiring a naturalist to take you snowshoeing in the back country for a few hours — you never know what wild game you might spot. Or if you need an “indoors” day, check out the Aspen Art Museum, which puts on world-class shows with international contemporary artists. Admission is free and the rooftop SO Café has excellent views.
I define wellness as...
At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, when I think of wellness I think of the notion of “living right.” Sleep when it’s dark, work when it’s light. Eat three meals a day of real food. Don’t smoke. Take alcohol and sweets sparingly. Go outside, exercise. That was the example I was raised with and it’s my understanding that those rhythms of daily life were encouraged to keep us healthy, sane and resilient to life’s inevitable stressors. The more knowledge I gain about some element of contemporary wellness — the more I lean on those patterns of behavior.
When I was younger I put an undue emphasis on attempting to stay fit and trim without thinking about the big picture. Wellness is big picture. For me, it’s not a diet to lose weight; it’s about deep nutrition and supporting your body’s inherent functions. Contemporary wellness is a re-jiggering of thinking about food, sleep and stress away from “what can I put up with” toward “how do I maximize what I’m working with.”