Little Ripper: Libby Collins at Silver Mountain

  • Skier – Age: 12
  • Home mountain: Silver Mountain; also trains at Mt. Spokane and Mt. Hood (Oregon).
  • Favorite runs at Silver: Tall Paul, SOB, the race course.
  • Learned to ski at age 2: “I was taught by my mom and dad, which helped me to become the skier I am today. By the time I was around six I started ski racing.”
  • Loves skiing because: “It’s a very motivational sport, and it tests your limits. You have the choice to push yourself as hard as you want. There are endless things to work on while you are skiing because you will always have room to improve.”
  • Ski Racing: Silver Mountain Alpine Race Team (SMART) since 2014. Coaches include Andru Miller, Halli Densley, and Kosuke Imamura from Silver Mountain, and Dan Henry from Mt. Spokane.
  • Ski Buddies: Mom because “she is an amazing skier and always makes it fun,” and SMART teammates.
  • Greatest accomplishment: “Coming back strong after being out for over a year with several injuries.”
  • Most memorable ski days: “Going to Mt. Hood for the first time; shredding powder all day during a massive powder dump; and night skiing with friends…Although those were all really fun, one of my favorites has to be sleeping in the lodge on Silver Mountain with the ski team and staying up late hanging out.”
  • Other recreation: Hiking, biking, camping, swimming, softball, volleyball, ski racing camps during summer and fall, and doing CrossFit “to get stronger.”
  • Future ambition: Become a member of the U.S. Ski Team and compete in the Olympics.

Ski racer Libby Collins. // Photos courtesy Jessica Croston.

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