Breckenridge-born-and-raised Athena Brownson is at somewhat of a crossroads in her skiing career. At the end of last season she fell, tearing her ACL, LCL, and meniscus, while fracturing her tibial plateau. She was put under the knife for her third knee surgery. Now, Brownson, who had been moving up the slopestyle ranks with a third place finish at the North American Open, is reevaluating why and how she wants to ski. She can either keep trying to compete in the park, and risk potentially wrecking her knees again, or she can make a change. “Freeway at Breck is the best place in the universe,” she says. “But because of my injuries, skiing park might not be an option anymore.” So now, she’s looking at bigger mountains, burlier lines, and more time in the backcountry. “I grew up racing, then switched to park. I never got the opportunity to ski bigger mountains,” she says. “Now this is forcing me to move more out of the park and into the mountains. I’m going to push my comfort zone and see where it takes me.” -H.H.