It meant eight hours on the road to get seven hours on the hill.
One night when I was 12 years old my father walked into my room, shook me awake, and said it was time. It was 4:30 a.m. The bus would be leaving soon. I dressed myself quietly in the dark, grabbed my rental skis, and followed him into the damp mid-Atlantic night.
We lived in the small town of Salisbury, Md., which is so flat that the biggest hill is an overpass. It rarely snowed. As a result, I had so little idea of what skiing was about that I can still recall my father explaining this exotic sport to me in our den. I was 10.
Live Free and Ski founder talks about his nonprofit, and his vision to remove cost barriers for first-time skiers.
While shredding chutes and trees, it can be easy to forget the steep costs of equipment, quality gear, season passes, and even lessons. But Beecher Clifton-Waite, a high school junior, hasn’t forgotten.
Beecher started his organization Live Free and Ski to help local high school students afford the costs of skiing and snowboarding. Now a government-approved nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) status, the organization is booming.
We caught up with Beecher to talk about his passion for skiing, his organization, and the scholarship he's setting up to help low-income families.