On The Road

Posted on in Adventure + Travel, Sports + Training by Jaclyn Paaso

Over the past few weeks I've been through six countries, slept in four those in six different locations. My first stop was in Chamonix, for the second stop for the women for the Freeride World Tour. I was managing a bit of a cold that hit me prior to leaving the states but when it came to the comp day I was feeling pretty good. Unfortunately, I had some bad luck and hit a wind drift that took me out. When approaching it I thought it was nothing I couldn't handle, I was wrong along with a few other athletes. I proceeded to get up and try and continue despite my crash but unfortunately my goggles were filled with some snow and I kept having to try and adjust them. I decided it was safest to skip my bottom feature and just ski down.

Early morning inspection

Early morning inspection

I was pretty disappointed with that finish and with two competitions left to go before the finals, I definitely had my work cut out for me. It's okay though, the way I look at it is some people crash throughout the season, some in the end. I got my two out of the way already and I'm looking forward to the next stop back in California at Kirkwood! No better place to redeem yourself than in your home country.

After Chamonix, Reine Barkered and I headed to La Grave, France. This place has been on my list ever since I heard about it the first time a few years ago. Unfortunately, it's still on my list after my cold, which probably was the flu. I spent my time in bed while Reine enjoyed a day at La Grave. By then I had ran out of all of my Nature's Bakery bars since staying in bed felt better than heading out for a meal.

We then headed to some random town in Italy between Lake Como and Lake Lugano to try and get some rest. Not much happened there cause soon enough we would be in the midst of ISPO, Europe's winter sports trade show, which is just massive. I lost my voice there, not the best place to do so when meeting with sponsors and old friends.

Currently I'm in Montafon, Austria! I've kicked my cold and I'm ready to get back out on the hill. We've had one day of some sun so far but now it's currently dumping, which is awesome. We hope to get some filming in when the storm clears and conditions are a bit safer.

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Jaclyn Paaso

After many years as a competitive mogul skier, with one title as Jr. World Combined Champion, Jaclyn decided to take a break from mogul skiing. Jaclyn moved out to Lake Tahoe, California where she became a freestyle coach for the Alpine Meadows Freestyle Team and then the Squaw Valley ski team.


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