After Mexico, I got to spend a few days in California getting in more beach time and catching up with family. I flew back to make a pit stop in Utah for a sub 24-hour visit to repack my bags for Canada. It was dumping non-stop at Alta Ski Area and all my friends' videos from the storm cycles on Instagram jealous and amped to finally ski. One of my long time partners, Armada Skis, laced me up with brand new skis and apparel right before Mexico and my excitement to rock some brand new gear up at Whistler was through the roof.
My 2017 started when my flight from SLC to YVR literally pulled into the gate. I could think of better places to be at midnight on New Year's Eve, but I had no room to complain when I arrived at my favorite in the world. My dad scooped me up and it was back to Squamish where I was stoked to catch up with some awesome people I hadn't seen since spending my summer up there. We swung down to Vancouver to meet with the crew at RYU Apparel Inc. and Chasing Sunrise to talk business and ideas for partnership and collaborations.
I was fortunate enough to speak at Myrtle Philip Elementary in Whistler a couple days later to share my story and talk about leadership development and goal setting. It's always a special experience having the opportunity to speak with students (ages 9-16) who are the same age I was when climbing the Seven Summits. The impact on the children and teenagers is truly something special as they approached me after telling me about their newfound goals and even ones they've been working towards for years.
After lucking out on a week of unusual sunshine in Whistler/ Squamish, my dad and I made the migration out to Maui for my last week of winter break. It was a week filled with sunshine, warm weather, surfing, snorkeling, and beautiful sunsets every evening. The week revolved around working on my website and getting my calendar sorted out for Skype and speaking engagement bookings. The first two weeks of 2017 put the year off to an amazing start and I couldn't ask for a better semester break before starting Spring Semester!