HEAD HOME WITH BEKAH ASHLEY
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Bekah grew her love for the mountains and those fresh powder slides in North Lake Tahoe. A place that is both beautiful and humbling. We were able to travel home with Bekah and get a feel of where she is rooted and why Tahoe will always hold a special place in her heart.
What would you compare the feeling that you get when being home?
I grew up snowboarding in the High Peak Mountains in Northern New York at Whiteface. Whiteface was only a few miles from my house, which made snowboarding a fabric of my childhood. I rode before and after school, sometimes a hundred days a season. Whiteface had steep, wide terrain, dicey tree runs, quality turns, and a close community to share it with. Lift opts who know your name, and friends that bring cupcakes on hill to celebrate your birthday. Since moving to the Sierra I have more terrain to choose from. Still, I’m drawn to small resorts like Diamond Peak because in a lot of ways, it feels like home. It’s a small resort just five minutes from my house and the university I go to (Sierra Nevada College). On a powder day you find your friends at the lo cal coffee shop, take breakfast to the mountain, and then the rest of the day is spent making turns with good people. It’s simple, and I’m not sure it can get much better than this.
Why do you think people are drawn to Tahoe?
A lot of people are drawn to North Lake Tahoe because i t’s one of the small mountain communities in the country with a Private Liberal Arts University in its backyard. The Sierra Nevada tower over the trees that border our campus, and the lake is even closer. Sometimes I skateboard to the beach or rock climb between classes. This cross - mountain lifestyle / university culture is hard to find, you know!
What does snowboarding mean to you?
As a snowboarder I’m a bit of a nomad. I’m curious by nature and I like seeing what trouble I can stir up in this dynamic. Sometimes, that’s meant taking time off from school to drive solo across the country, camping and snowboa rding in unfamiliar mountains. Other times, I buckle down and go to class, riding weekend warrior style. It’s about adapting to where life takes me, enjoying the ride, and holding space for family, friends and the mountains. These are the most important th ings to me.
What do you feel bonds your community together?
Snowboarding is a fabric of our community and has been for a while. We’re really fortunate to have some of the best resort and backcountry access in the world.
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