Skiing Magazine senior editor Sam Bass has been reporting from a ship at sea off the coast of Antarctica, where he's been hiking and skiing 50-degree peaks with a crew of other skiers. A sixth grader from Virginia wanted to know if Sam has built a snowman, gotten swine flu, or skied a six-black-diamond run. Sam answers her questions here.
Tyler Smith is a sixth grader from Portsmouth, Virginia. Her class has been following Sam's journey to Antarctica aboard the Clipper Adventurer, a ship carrying 70 skiers. Tyler e-mailed Sam to ask a few questions, which Sam answers here.
Tyler: I hope you aren’t afraid of heights. How steep do you expect the mountains to get? Compared to a ski resort, would they be like 6 black diamonds in a row (really hard and really steep)?